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This eBook from the Gutenberg Project consists of approximately 2,413 pages of information about The Mahabharata of Krishna-Dwaipayana Vyasa, Volume 3.
the first course, masses of clouds born of smoke and heat.  Coursing through the welkin, and coming into contact with the water contained in the clouds, that wind displays itself in effulgence among the darts of lightning.[1753] The second wind called Avaha blows with a loud noise.  It is this wind that causes Soma and the other luminaries to rise and appear.  Within the body (which is a microcosm of the universe) that wind is called Udana by the wise.  That wind which sucks up water from the four oceans, and having sucked it up imparts it to the clouds in the welkin, and which, having imparted it to the clouds present them to the deity of rain, is third in the enumeration and known by the name of Udvaha.  That wind which supports the clouds and divided them into diverse portions, which melts them for pouring rain and once more solidifies them, which is perceived as the sound of the roaring clouds, which exists for the preservation of the world by itself assuming the form of the clouds, which bears the cars of all celestial beings along the sky, is known by the name of Samvaha.  The fourth in the enumeration, it is endued with great strength so that it is capable of ending the very mountains.  The fifth wind is fraught with great force and speed.  It is dry and uproots and breaks down all trees.  Existing with it, the clouds come to be called by the name of Valahaka.  That wind causes calamitous phenomena of many kinds, and produces roaring sounds in the firmament.  It is known by the name of Vivaha.  The sixth wind bears all celestial waters in the firmament and prevents them from falling down.  Sustaining the sacred waters of the celestial Ganga, that wind blows, preventing them from having a downward course.  Obstructed by that wind from a distance, the Sun, which is really the source of a thousand rays, and which enlightens the world, appears as a luminous body of but one ray.  Through the action of that wind, the Moon, after waning, wanes again till he displays his full disc.  That wind is known, O foremost of ascetics, by the name Parivaha.[1754] That wind which takes away the life of all living creatures when the proper hour comes, whose track is followed by Death and Surya’s son Yama, which becomes the source of that immortality which is attained by Yogins of subtile sight who are always engaged in Yoga meditation, by whose aid the thousands of grandsons of Daksha, that lord of creatures, by his ten sons, succeeded in days of old in attaining to the ends of the universe, whose touch enables one to attain to Emancipation by freeing oneself from the obligation of returning so the world,—­that wind is called by the name of Paravaha.  The foremost of all winds, it is incapable of being resisted by anybody.  Wonderful are these winds all of whom are the sons of Diti.  Capable of going everywhere and upholding all things, they blow all around thee without being attached to thee at any time.  This, however, is exceedingly wonderful viz., that
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