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This eBook from the Gutenberg Project consists of approximately 2,413 pages of information about The Mahabharata of Krishna-Dwaipayana Vyasa, Volume 3.
The bull, earth, little ants, worms generated in dirt, and poison, should not be eaten by Brahmanas.  They should not also eat fishes that have no scales, and four-footed aquatic animals like frogs and others, except the tortoise.  Water-fowls called Bhasas, ducks, Suparnas, Chakravakas, diving ducks, cranes, crows, shags, vultures, hawks, owls, as also all four-footed animals that are carnivorous and that have sharp and long teeth, and birds, and animals having two teeth and those having four teeth, as also the milk of the sheep, the she-ass, the she-camel, the newly-calved cow, woman and deer, should not be taken by a Brahmana.  Besides this, the food that has been offered to the man, that which has been cooked by a woman who has recently brought forth a child, and food cooked by an unknown person, should not be eaten.  The milk also of a cow that has recently calved should not be taken.  If a Brahmana takes food that has been cooked by a Kshatriya, it diminishes his energy; if he takes the food provided by a Sudra, it dims his Brahmanic lustre; and if he takes the food provided by a goldsmith or a woman who has neither husband nor children it lessens the period of his life.  The food provided by a usurer is equivalent to dirt, while that provided by a woman living by prostitution is equivalent to semen.  The food also provided by persons that tolerate the unchastity of their wives, and by persons that are ruled by their spouses, is forbidden.  The food provided by a person selected (for receiving gifts) at a certain stage of a sacrifice, by one who does not enjoy his wealth or make any gifts, that provided by one who sells Soma, or one who is a shoe-maker, by an unchaste woman, by a washerman, by a physician, by persons serving as watchmen, by a multitude of persons, by one who is pointed at by a whole village, by one deriving his support from keep of dancing girls, by persons wedding before their elder brothers are wedded, by professional panegyrists and bards, and by those that are gamblers, the food also which is brought with the left hand or which is stale, the food which is mixed with alcohol, the food a portion of which has been already tasted, and the food that forms the remnant of a feast, should not be taken (by a Brahmana).  Cakes, sugarcanes, potherbs, and rice boiled in sugared milk, if they have lost their relish, should not be taken.  The powder of fried barley and of other kinds of fried grain, mixed with curds, if become stale with age, should not be taken.  Rice boiled in sugared milk, food mixed with the tila seed, meat, and cakes, that have not been dedicated to the gods, should not be taken by Brahmanas leading a domestic mode of life, Having first gratified the gods, Rishis, guests, Pitris, and the household deities, a Brahmana leading a domestic mode of life should then take his food.  A householder by living thus in his own house becomes like a person of the Bhikshu order that has renounced the world.  A man of such behaviour, living with his wives in
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