The Mahabharata of Krishna-Dwaipayana Vyasa, Volume 3 eBook

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and which is the home of all auspiciousness, does not return thence, O Bharata.  What remains, O son, is the mind with the senses, O Bharata.  These have to come back once more at the appointed season for doing the bidding of their great master.[1599] Soon after, O son of Kunti, (when this body is cast off) the Yati striving after Emancipation, endued as he is with knowledge and desirous as he is of Guna, succeeds in attaining to that Peace of Emancipation which is his who becomes bodiless.[1600] [1601] The Sankhyas, O king, are endued with great wisdom.  They succeed in attaining to the highest end by means of this kind of knowledge.  There is no knowledge that is equal to this.  Do not yield to any kind of doubt.  The knowledge which is described in the system of the Sankhyas is regarded as the highest.  That knowledge is immutable and is eternally fixed.  It is eternal Brahma in fulness.  It has no beginning, middle and end.  It transcends all pairs of opposites.  It is the cause of the creation of the universe.  It stands in fulness.  It is without deterioration of any kind.  It is uniform, and everlasting.  Thus are its praises sung by the wise.  From it flow creation and destruction and all modifications.  The great Rishis speak of it and applaud it in the scriptures.  All learned Brahmanas and all righteous men regard it as flowing from Brahma, Supreme, Divine, Infinite, Immutable, and Undeteriorating.  All Brahmanas again that are attached to objects of the senses adore and applaud it by ascribing to it attributes that belong to illusion.[1602] The same is the view of Yogins well observant of penances and meditation and of Sankhyas of immeasureable insight.  The Srutis declare, O son of Kunti, that the Sankhya form of philosophy is the form of that Formless one.  The cognitions (according to that philosophy) have, O chief of Bharata’s race, been said to be the knowledge of Brahma.[1603]

“There are two kinds of creatures on Earth, O lord of Earth, viz., mobile and immobile.  Of these that are mobile are superior, That high knowledge, O king, which exists in persons conversant with Brahma, and that which occurs in the Vedas, and that which is found in other scriptures, and that in Yoga, and that which may be seen in the diverse Puranas, are all, O monarch, to be found in Sankhya philosophy.[1604] Whatever knowledge is seen to exist in high histories whatever knowledge occurs, O king, in the sciences appertaining to the acquisition of wealth as approved by the wise, whatever other knowledge exists in this world,—­all these,—­flow, O high-souled monarch, from the high knowledge that occurs among the Sankhyas.  Tranquillity of soul, high puissance, all subtile knowledge of which the scriptures speak, penances of subtile force, and all kinds of felicity, O king, have all been duly ordained in the Sankhya system.  Failing to acquire, O son of Pritha, that complete knowledge which is recommended by their system, the Sankhyas attain to the status of deities

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