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The Mahabharata of Krishna-Dwaipayana Vyasa, Volume 3 eBook

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and agreeably to the rules of orthoepy.[1808] Meanwhile, a breeze, fragrant and pure, blew, bearing perfumes of celestial flowers, and of certain herbs and plants that were of use on the occasion.  Those men, endued with great devotion, possessed of hearts full of reverence, conversant with the ordinances laid down in the Pancharatra, were then worshipping the great deity with mind, word, and deed.[1809] Without doubt, Hari appeared in that place whence the sound we heard arose.  As regards ourselves, stupefied by His illusion, we could not see him.  After the breeze had ceased and the sacrifice had been over, our hearts became agitated with anxiety, O foremost one of Angira’s race.  As we stood among those thousands of men all of whom were of pure descent, no one honoured us with a glance or nod.  Those ascetics, all of whom were cheerful and filled with devotion and who were all practising the Brahma-frame of mind, did not show any kind of feeling for us.[1810] We had been exceedingly tired.  Our penances had emaciated us.  At that time, an incorporeal Being addressed us from the sky and said unto us these words—­These white men, who are divested of all outer senses, are competent to behold (Narayana).  Only those foremost of regenerate persons whom these white men honoured with their glances, become competent to behold the great God.[1811] Go hence, ye Munis, to the place whence ye have come.  That great Deity is incapable of being ever seen by one that is destitute of devotion.  Incapable of being seen in consequence of his dazzling effulgence, that illustrious Deity can be beheld by only those persons that in course of long ages succeed in devoting themselves wholly and solely to Him.  Ye foremost of regenerate one, ye have a great duty to per-form.  After the expiration of this the Krita age, when the Treta age comes in course of the Vivaswat cycle, a great calamity will overtake the worlds.  Ye Munis, ye shall then have to become the allies of the deities (for dispelling that calamity).—­Having heard these wonderful words that were sweet as nectar, we soon got back to the place we desired, through the grace of that great Deity.  When with the aid of even such austere penances and of offerings devoutly given in sacrifices, we failed to have a sight of the great Deity, how, indeed, can you expect to behold Him so easily?  Narayana is a Great Being, He is the Creator of the universe.  He is adorned in sacrifices with offerings of clarified butter and other food dedicated with the aid of Vedic mantras.  He has no beginning and no end.  He is Unmanifest.  Both the Deities and the Danavas worship Him.—­Induced by these words spoken by Ekata and approved by his companions, viz., Dwita and Trita, and solicited also by the other Sadasyas, the high-minded Vrihaspati brought that sacrifice to a completion after duly offering the accustomed adorations to the Deities.  King Uparichara also, having completed his great sacrifice, began to rule his subjects righteously.  At last,
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