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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.
than to speak what is true.  I hold that that is truth which is fraught with the greatest benefit in all creatures.[1758] That man is said to be truly learned and truly possessed of wisdom who abandons every act, who never indulges in hope, who is completely dissociated from all worldly surroundings, and who has renounced everything that appertains to the world.  That person who, without being attached thereto, enjoys all objects of sense with the aid of senses that are completely under his control, who is possessed of a tranquil soul, who is never moved by joy of sorrow, who is engaged in Yoga-meditation, who lives in companionship with the deities presiding over his senses and dissociated also from them, and who, though endued with a body, never regards himself as identifiable with it, becomes emancipated and very soon attains to that which is highest good.  One who never sees others, never touches others, never talks with others, soon, O ascetic, attains to what is for one’s highest good.  One should not injure any creature.  On the other hand, one should conduct oneself in perfect friendliness towards all.  Having obtained the status of humanity, one should never behave inimically towards any being.  A complete disregards for all (worldly) things, perfect contentments, abandonment of hope of every kind, and patience,—­these constitute the highest good of one that has subjugated one’s senses and acquired a knowledge of self.  Casting off all attachments, O child, do thou subjugate all thy senses, and by that means attain to felicity both here and hereafter.  They that are free from cupidity have never to suffer any sorrow.  One should, therefore, cast off all cupidity from one’s soul.  By casting off cupidity, O amiable and blessed one, thou shalt be able to free thyself from sorrow and pain.  One who wishes to conquer that which is unconquerable should live devoting oneself to penances, to self-restraint, to taciturnity, to a subjugation of the soul.  Such a person should live in the midst of attachments without being attached to them.[1759] That Brahmana who lives in the midst of attachments without being attached to them and who always lives in seclusion, very soon attains to the highest felicity.  That man who lives in happiness by himself in the midst of creatures who are seen to take delight in leading lives of sexual union, should be known to be a person whose thirst has been slaked by knowledge.  It is well known that that man whose thirst has been slaked by knowledge has never to indulge in grief.  One attains to the status of the deities by means of good acts; to the status of humanity by means of acts that are good and bad; while by acts that are purely wicked, one helplessly falls down among the lower animals.  Always assailed by sorrow and decrepitude and death, a living creature is being cooked in this world (in the cauldron of Time).  Dost thou not known it?  Thou frequently regardest that to be beneficial which is really injurious; that to be certain
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