The Mahabharata of Krishna-Dwaipayana Vyasa, Volume 3 eBook

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as ingredients of sacrifice.  For one in the observance of domesticity the performance of sacrifice is fraught with impediments.  For this, that mode of life has been said to be exceedingly difficult and unattainable.  Those persons, therefore, in the observance of the domestic mode of life, who, possessed of wealth and corn and animals, do not perform sacrifices, earn, O monarch, eternal sin.  Amongst Rishis, there are some that regard the study of the Vedas to be a sacrifice:  and some that regard contemplation to be a great sacrifice which they perform in their minds.  The very gods, O monarch, covet the companionship of a regenerate person like this, who in consequence of his treading along such a way which consists in the concentration of the mind, has become equal to Brahma.  By refusing to spend in sacrifice the diverse kinds of wealth that thou hast taken from thy foes, thou art only displaying thy want of faith.  I have never seen, O monarch, a king in the observance of a life of domesticity renouncing his wealth in any other way except in the Rajasuya, the Astwamedha, and other kinds of sacrifice.  Like Sakra, the chief of the celestial, O sire, perform those other sacrifices that are praised by the Brahmanas.  That king, through whose heedlessness the subjects are plunged by robbers, and who does not offer protection to those whom he is called upon to govern, is said to be the very embodiment of Kati.  If, without giving away steeds, and kine, and female slaves, and elephants adorned with trappings, and villages, and populous regions, and fields, and houses, unto Brahmanas, we retire into the woods with hearts not harbouring friendly feeling towards kinsmen, even we shall be, O monarch, such Kalis of the kingly order.  Those members of the kingly order that do not practise charity and give protection (to others), incur sin.  Woe is their portion hereafter and not bliss.  If, O lord, without performing great sacrifices and the rites in honour of thy deceased ancestors, and it, without bathing in sacred waters, thou betakest thyself to a wandering life, thou shalt then meet with destruction like a small cloud separated from a mass and dashed by the winds.  Thou shalt then fall off from both worlds and have to take thy birth in the Pisacha order.[28] A person becomes a true renouncer by casting off every internal and external attachment, and not simply by abandoning home for dwelling in the woods.  A Brahmana that lives in the observance of these ordinances in which there are no impediments, does not fall off from this or the other world.  Observant of the duties of one’s own order,—­duties respected by the ancients and practised by the best of men, who is there, O Partha, that would grieve, O king, for having in a trice stain in battle his foes that swelled with prosperity, like Sakra slaying the forces of the Daityas?  Having in the observance of Kshatriya duties subjugated the world by the aid of thy prowess, and having made presents unto persons conversant with the Vedas, thou canst, O monarch, go to regions higher than heaven.  It behoves thee not, O Partha, to indulge in grief.”

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