The Mahabharata of Krishna-Dwaipayana Vyasa, Volume 3 eBook

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but that That which transcends all attributes can have none.  When the Jiva-soul conquers all attributes born of Prakriti and which it assumes under error, only then does it behold the Supreme Soul.  Only the highest Rishis conversant with the Sankhya and the Yoga systems know that Supreme Soul which Sankhya and Yogins and believers in all other systems say is beyond the Understanding, which is regarded as Knower and endued with the highest wisdom in consequence of its casting off all consciousness of identification with Prakriti, which transcends the attribute of Ignorance or Error, which is Unmanifest, which is beyond all attributes, which is called the Supreme, which is dissociated from all attributes, which ordains all things, which is Eternal and Immutable, which overrules Prakriti and all the attributes born of Prakriti, and which, transcending the four and twenty topics of enquiry, forms the twenty-fifth.  When men of knowledge, who stand in fear of birth, of the several conditions of living consciousness, and of death, succeed in knowing the Unmanifest, they succeed in understanding the Supreme Soul at the same time.  An intelligent man regards the unity of Jiva-soul with the Supreme Soul as consistent with the scriptures and as perfectly correct, while the man destitute of intelligence looks upon the two as different from each other.  This forms the distinction between the man of intelligence and man that is destitute of it.  The indications of both Kshara and Akshara (destructible and indestructible) have now been said unto thee.  Akshara is Oneness or Unity, while multiplicity or variety is said to be Kshara.  When one begins to study and understands properly the five and twenty topics of enquiry, one then comprehends that the Oneness of the Soul is consistent with the scriptures and its multiplicity is what is opposed to them.  These are the several indications of what is included in the tale of topics or principles created and what transcends that tale.  The wise have said that the tale of topics numbers only five and twenty.  That which transcends the topics is beyond that number and forms the twenty-sixth.  The study or comprehension of created things (numbered five and twenty) according to their aggregates (of five) is the study and comprehension of topics.  Transcending these is That which is eternal.’”


’"Janaka said, Thou hast, O foremost of Rishis, said that Unity is the attribute of that which is Akshara (Indestructible) and variety or multiplicity is the attribute of what is known as Kshara (Destructible).  I have not, however, clearly understood the nature of these two.  Doubts are still lurking in my mind.  Ignorant men look upon the Soul as endued with the incident of multiplicity.  They, however that are possessed of knowledge and wisdom regard the Soul to be one and the same.  I how-ever, have a very dull understanding.  I am, therefore,

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