The Mahabharata of Krishna-Dwaipayana Vyasa, Volume 3 eBook

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Him.  He is stainless.  It is evident that I am of the same nature.  Through ignorance and stupefaction, I have become associated with inanimate Prakriti.  Though really without attachments, I have passed this long time in a state of attachment with Prakriti.  Alas, by her was I so long subdued without having been able to know it.  Various are the forms—­high, middling, and low, that Prakriti assume.  Oh, how shall I dwell in those forms?[1630] How shall I live conjointly with her?  In consequence only of my ignorance I repair to her companionship.  I shall now be fixed (in Sankhya or Yoga).  I shall not longer keep her companionship.  For having passed so long a time with her, I should think that I was so long deceived by her, for myself being really exempt from modification, how could I keep company with one that is subject to modification?  She cannot be held to be responsible for this.  The responsibility is mine, since turning away from the Supreme Soul I become of my own accord attached to her.  In consequence of that attachment, myself, though formless in reality, had to abide in multifarious forms.  Indeed, though formless by nature I become endued with forms in consequence of my sense of meum, and thereby insulted and distressed.  In consequence of my sense of meum, concerning the result of Prakriti, I am forced to take birth in diverse orders of Being.  Alas, though really destitute of any sense of meum, yet in consequence of affecting it, what diverse acts of an evil nature have been committed by me in those orders which I took birth while I remained in them with a soul that had lost all knowledge!  I have no longer anything to do with him who, with essence made up of consciousness, divides herself into many fragments and who seeks to unite me with them.  It is only now that I have been awakened and have understood that I am by nature without any sense of meum and without that consciousness which creates the forms of Prakriti that invests me all around.  Casting off that sense of meum which I always have with respect to her and whose essence is made up of consciousness, and casting off Prakriti herself, I shall take refuge in Him who is auspicious.  I shall be united with Him, and not with Prakriti which is inanimate.  If I unite with Him, it will be productive of my benefit.  I have no similarity of nature with Prakriti!—­The twenty-fifth, (viz., Jiva), when he thus succeeds in understanding the Supreme, becomes able to cast off the Destructible and attain to identity with that which is Indestructible and which is the essence of all that is auspicious, Destitute of attributes in his true nature and in reality Unmanifest, Jiva becomes invested with what is Manifest and assumes attributes.  When he succeeds in beholding that which is without attributes and which is the origin of the Unmanifest, he attains, O ruler of Mithila, to identify the same.

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