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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.
which is represented by the sin.[1783] When Jiva enters that mass of effulgence, he no longer suffers like Shoma who, with the gods, upon the exhaustion of merit, falls down on the Earth and having once more acquired sufficient merit returns to heavens.[1784] The moon is always seen to wane and once more wax.  Seeing this waning and waxing that go on repeatedly, I do not wish to have a form of existence in which there are such changes.  The Sun warms all the worlds by means of his fierce rays.  His disc never undergoes any diminution.  Remaining unchanged, he drinks energy from all things.  Hence, I desire to go into the Sun of blazing effulgence.[1785] There I shall live, invincible by all, and in my inner soul freed from all fear, having cast off this body of mine in the solar region.  With the great Rishis I shall enter the unbearable energy of the Sun.  I declare unto all creatures, unto these trees, these elephants, these mountains, the Earth herself, the several points of the compass, the welkin, the deities, the Danavas, the Gandharvas, the Pisachas, the Uragas, and the Rakshasas, that I shall, verily, enter all creatures in the world.[1786] Let all the gods with the Rishis behold the prowess of my Yoga today!—­Having said these words, Suka, informed Narada of world wide celebrity of his intention.  Obtaining Narada’s permission, Suka then proceeded to where his sire was.  Arrived at his presence, the great Muni, viz., the high-souled and Island-born Krishna, Suka walked round him and addressed him the usual enquiries.  Hearing of Suka’s intention, the highsouled Rishi became highly pleased.  Addressing him, the great Rishi said,—­O son, O dear son, do thou stay here to-day so that I may behold thee for some time for gratifying my eyes,—­Suka, however, was indifferent to that request.  Freed from affection and all doubt, he began to think only of Emancipation, and set his heart on the journey.  Leaving his sire, that foremost of Rishis then proceeded to the spacious breast of Kailasa which was inhabited by crowds of ascetics crowned with success.’”

SECTION CCCXXXIII

“Bhishma said, Having ascended the summit of the mountain, O Bharata, the son of Vyasa sat down upon a level spot free from blades of grass and retired from the haunts of other creatures.  Agreeably to the direction of the scriptures and to the ordinances laid down, that ascetic, conversant with the gradual order of the successive processes of Yoga, held his soul first in one place and then in another, commencing from his feet and proceeding through all the limbs.  Then when the Sun had not risen long, Suka sat, with his face turned Eastwards, and hands and feet drawn in, in an humble attitude.  In that spot where the intelligent son of Vyasa sat prepared to address himself to Yoga, there were no flocks of birds, no sound, and no sight that was repulsive or terror-inspiring.  He then beheld his own Soul freed from all attachments.  Beholding that highest of all things, he laughed in joy.[1787] He once more set himself pre-pared to Yoga for attaining to the path of Emancipation.  Becoming the great master of Yoga, he transcended the element of space.  He then circumambulated the celestial Rishi Narada, and represented unto that foremost of Rishis the fact of his having addressed himself to the highest Yoga.

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