The Mahabharata of Krishna-Dwaipayana Vyasa, Volume 3 eBook

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One again, by slaying down his life in a battle undertaken for the sake of a Brahmana, becomes cleansed of the sin of having slain a Brahmana.  By giving away a hundred thousand kine unto persons deserving of gifts, one becomes cleansed of the sin of having slain a Brahmana as also, indeed, of all his sins.  One that gives away five and twenty thousand kine of the Kapila species and while all of them have calved, becomes cleansed of all his sins.  One who, at the point of death, gives away a thousand kine with calves unto poor but deserving persons, becomes freed from sin.  That man, O king, who gives away a hundred steeds of the Kamvoja breed unto Brahmanas of regulated behaviour, becomes freed from sin.  That man.  O Bharata, who gives unto even one person all that he asks for, and who, having given it, does not speak of his act to any one, becomes freed from sin.  If a person who has once taken alcohol drinks (as expiation) hot liquor, he sanctifies himself both here and hereafter.  By falling from the summit of a mountain or entering a blazing fire, or by going on an everlasting journey after renouncing the world, one is freed from all sins.  By performing the sacrifice laid down by Vrihaspati, a Brahmana who drinks alcoholic liquors may succeed in attaining to the region of Brahman.  This has been said by Brahman himself.  If a person, after having drunk alcoholic liquor, becomes humble and makes a gift of land, and abstains from it ever afterwards, he becomes sanctified and cleansed.  The person that has violated his preceptor’s bed, should lie down on a sheet of iron having heated it, and having cut off the emblem of his sex should leave the world for a life in the woods, with eyes always turned upwards.  By casting off one’s body, one becomes cleansed of all his evil acts.  Women, by leading a regulated life for one year, become cleansed of all their sins.  The person who observes a very rigid vow, or gives away the whole of his wealth, or perishes in a battle fought for the sake of his preceptor, becomes cleansed of all his sins.  One who uses falsehood before one’s preceptor or acts in opposition to him, becomes cleansed of that sin by doing something agreeable to one’s preceptor.  One who has fallen off from the vow (of Brahmacharya ), may become cleansed of that sin by wearing the hide of a cow for six months and observing the penances laid down in the case of the slaughter of a Brahmana.  One who has been guilty of adultery, or of theft, may become cleansed by observing rigid vows for a year.  When one steals another’s property, one should, by every means in his power, return to that other property of the value of what has been stolen.  One may then be cleansed of the sin (of theft).  The younger brother who has married before the marriage of the elder brother, as also the elder brother whose Younger brother has married before him, becomes cleansed by observing a rigid vow, with collected soul, for twelve nights.  The younger brother, however, should wed again for
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