The Mahabharata of Krishna-Dwaipayana Vyasa, Volume 3 eBook

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progress in it, have not to indulge in sorrow.[1764] Like a tiger seizing and running away with its prey, Death seizes and runs away with the man that is employed in such (unprofitable) occupation and that is still unsatiated with objects of desire and enjoyment.  One should always seek to emancipate oneself from sorrow.  One should seek to dispel sorrow by beginning one’s operations with cheerfulness, that is, without indulging in sorrow the while, having freed oneself from a particular sorrow, one should act in such a way as to keep sorrow at a distance by abstaining from all faults of conduct.[1765] The rich and the poor alike find nothing in sound and touch and form and scent and taste, after the immediate enjoyment thereof.[1766] Before union, creatures are never subject to sorrow.  Hence, one that has not fallen off from one’s original nature, never indulges in sorrow when that union comes to an end.[1767] One should restrain one’s sexual appetite and the stomach with the aid of patience.  One should protect one’s hands and feet with the aid of the eye.  One’s eyes and ears and the other senses should be protected by the mind.  One’s mind and speech should be ruled with the aid of wisdom.  Casting off love and affection for persons that are known as well as for those that are unknown, one should conduct oneself with humility.  Such a person is said to be possessed of wisdom, and such a one surely finds happiness.  That man who is pleased with his own Soul[1768] who is devoted to Yoga, who depends upon nothing out of self, who is without cupidity, and who conducts himself without the assistance of anything but his self, succeeds in attaining to felicity.’”

SECTION CCCXXXII

“’Narada said, When the vicissitudes of happiness and sorrow appear or disappear, the transitions are incapable of being prevented by either wisdom or policy or exertion.  Without allowing oneself to fall away from one’s true nature, one should strive one’s best for protecting one’s own Self.  He who betakes himself to such care and exertion, has never to languish.  Regarding Self as something dear, one should always seek to rescue oneself from decrepitude, death, and disease.  Mental and physical diseases afflict the body, like keen-pointed shafts shot from the bow by a strong bowman.  The body of a person that is tortured by thirst, that is agitated by agony, that is perfectly helpless, and that is desirous of prolonging his life, is dragged towards destruction.[1769] Days and nights are ceaselessly running bearing away in their current the periods of life of all human beings.  Like currents of rivers, these flow ceaselessly without ever turning back.[1770] The ceaseless succession of the lighted and the dark fortnights is wasting all mortal creatures without stopping for even a moment in this work.  Rising and setting day after day, the Sun, who is himself undecaying, is continually cooking the joys and sorrows of all men.  The

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