The Mahabharata of Krishna-Dwaipayana Vyasa, Volume 3 eBook

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the world seen under diverse circumstances.  Divested of attributes, that one Purusha is the universe displayed in infinitude.  Flowing from him, the infinite universe enters into that one Purusha again who transcends all attributes, when the time of its destruction comes.  By casting off the consciousness of body and the senses, by casting off all acts good and bad, by casting off both truth and falsehood, one succeeds in divesting oneself of attributes.  The person who realises that inconceivable Purusha and comprehends his subtile existence in the quadruple form of Aniruddha, Pradyumna, Sankarshana, and Vasudeva, and who, in consequence of such comprehension, attains to perfect tranquillity of heart, succeeds in entering into and identifying himself with that one auspicious Purusha.  Some persons possessed of learning speak of him as the supreme soul.  Others regarded him as the one soul.  A third class of learned men describe him as the soul.[1920] The truth is that he who is the Supreme Soul is always divested of attributes.  He is Narayana.  He is the universal soul, and he is the one Purusha.  He is never affected by the fruits of acts even as the leaf of the lotus is never drenched by the water one may throw upon it.  The Karamta (acting Soul) is different.  That Soul is sometimes engaged in acts and when it succeeds in casting off acts attains to Emancipation or identity with the Supreme Soul.  The acting Soul is endued with the seven and ten possessions.[1921] Thus it is said that there are innumerable kinds of Purushas in due order.  In reality, however, there is but one Purusha.  He is the abode of all the ordinances in respect of the universe.  He is the highest object of knowledge.  He is at once the knower and the object to be known.  He is at once the thinker and the object of thought.  He is the eater and the food that is eaten.  He is the smeller and the scent that is smelled.  He is at once he that touches and the object that is touched.  He is the agent that sees and the object that is seen.  He is the hearer and the object that is heard.  He is the conceiver and the object that is conceived.  He is possessed of attributes and is free from them.  What has previously, O son, been named Pradhana, and is the mother of the Mahat tattwa is no other than the Effulgence of the Supreme Soul; because He it is who is eternal, without destruction and any end and ever immutable.  He it is who creates the prime ordinance in respect of Dhatri himself.  Learned Brahmanas call Him by the name of Aniruddha.  Whatever acts, possessed of excellent merits and fraught with blessings, flow in the world from the Vedas, have been caused by Him.[1922] All the deities and all the Rishis, possessed of tranquil souls, occupying their places on the altar, dedicate to him the first share of their sacrificial offerings.[1923] I, that am Brahma, the primeval master of all creatures, have started into birth from Him, and thou hast taken thy birth from me.  From me have flowed the universe
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