The Mahabharata of Krishna-Dwaipayana Vyasa, Volume 3 eBook

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Him that Heat or Light having the attribute of form or vision has arisen.  It attaches itself to the sun in consequence of which the Sun becomes able to shine and give heat.  It is from that illustrious and foremost of Beings that Touch also has arisen.  It is attached to the Wind, in consequence of which the Wind moves about in the world producing the sensation of touch.  It is from that puissant Lord of the entire universe that Sound has arisen.  It attaches to Space, which, in consequence thereof, exists uncovered and unconfined.  It is from that illustrious Being that Mind, which pervades all Beings, has arisen.  It attaches to Chandramas, in consequence of which Chandramas comes to be invested with the attribute of displaying all the things.  That spot where the divine Narayana, that partaker of the libations and other offerings made in sacrifices, resides with Knowledge alone for his companion, has in the Vedas, been called by the name of the productive cause of all things or Sat.[1890] The path that is theirs, O foremost of regenerate persons, that are stainless and that are freed from both virtue and sin, is fraught with auspiciousness and felicity.  Aditya, who is the dispeller of the darkness of all the worlds, is said to be the door (through which the Emancipate must pass).  Entering Aditya, the bodies of such persons become consumed by his fire.  They then become invisible for after that they cannot be seen by anybody at any time.  Reduced into invisible atoms, they then enter (Narayana in manifested form and residing in the middle of the region covered by Aditya) into the form of Aniruddha.  Losing all physical attributes and being altogether and transformed into Mind alone, they then enter into Pradyumna.  Passing out of Pradyumna, those foremost of regenerate persons, including both those that are conversant with Sankhya philosophy and those that are devoted to the Supreme deity, then enter Sankarsana who is otherwise called Jiva.  After this, divested of the three primal attributes of Sattwa, Rajas, and Tamas, those foremost of regenerate beings quickly enter the Paramatma (Supreme Soul) otherwise called Kshetrajna and which itself transcends the three primal attributes.  Know that Vasudeva is He when called Kshetrajna.  Verily shouldst thou know that, that Vasudeva is the abode or original refuge of all things in the universe.  Only they whose minds are concentrated, who are observant of all kinds of restraint, whose senses are controlled, and who are devoted to One, succeed in entering Vasudeva.  We two, O foremost of regenerate ones, have taken birth in the house of Dharma.  Residing in this delightful and spacious retreat we are undergoing the austerest penances.  We are thus engaged, O regenerate one, being moved by the desire of benefiting those manifestations of the Supreme Deity, dear to all the celestials, that will occur in the three worlds (for achieving diverse feats that are incapable of being achieved by any other Being).  In accordance with such ordinances
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