The Mahabharata of Krishna-Dwaipayana Vyasa, Volume 3 eBook

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any route that I may happen to meet with, I shall go on, without taking note of the country or the point of the compass to which or towards which I may go.  Regardless of whither I may proceed, I shall not look behind.  Divesting myself of desire and wrath, and turning my gaze inwards, I shall go on, casting off pride of soul and body.  Nature always walks ahead; hence, food and drink will somehow be accomplished.  I shall not think of those pairs of opposites that stand in the way of such a life.  If pure food in even a small measure be not obtainable in the first house (to which I may go), I shalt get it by going to other houses.  If I fail to procure it by even such a round, I shall proceed to seven houses in succession and fill my craving.  When the smoke of houses will cease, their hearth-fires having been extinguished, when husking-rods will be kept aside, and all the inmates will have taken their food, when mendicants and guests Will cease to wander, I shall select a moment for my round of mendicancy and solicit alms at two, three, or five houses at the most.  I shall wander over the earth, after breaking the bonds of desire.  Preserving equability in success and failure, I shall earn great ascetic merit.  I shall behave neither like one that is fond of life nor like one that is about to die.  I shall not manifest any liking for life or dislike for death.  If one strikes off one arm of mine and another smears the other arm with sandal-paste, I shall not wish evil to the one or good to the other.  Discarding all those acts conducive to prosperity that one can do in life, the only acts I shall perform will be to open and shut my eyes and take as much food and drink as will barely keep up life.  Without ever being attached to action, and always restraining the functions of the senses, I shall give up all desires and purify the soul of all impurities.  Freed from all attachments and tearing off all bonds and ties, I shall live free as the wind.  Living in such freedom from affections, everlasting contentment will be mine.  Through desire, I have, from ignorance, committed great sins.  A certain class of men, doing both auspicious and inauspicious acts here, maintain their wives, children, and kinsmen, all bound to them in relations of cause and effect.[12] When the period of their life runs out, casting off their weakened bodies, they take upon themselves all the effects of their sinful acts, for none but the actor is burdened with the consequences of his acts.[13] Even thus, endued with actions, creatures come into this wheel of life that is continually turning like the wheel of a car, and even thus, coming thither, they meet with their fellow-creatures.  He, however, who abandons the worldly course of life, which is really a fleeting illusion although it looks eternal, and which is afflicted by birth, death, decrepitude, disease, and pain, is sure to obtain happiness.  When again, the very gods fall down from heaven and great Rishis from their respective positions of eminence who, that
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