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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.
They that are possessed of dexterity succeed in enjoying that prosperity which is vested in others.[321] Prosperity leaves the person that hates others.  Men possessed of righteous behaviour and wisdom and conversant with the duties of Yoga renounce prosperity and sons and grandsons of their own accord.  Others, regarding earthly wealth to be exceedingly unstable and unattainable, dependent as it is upon ceaseless action and effort, are also seen to renounce it.[322] Thou seemest to be possessed of wisdom.  Why dost thou then grieve so piteously, desiring things that should not be desired, that are unstable, and that are dependent on others?  Thou desirest to enquire after that particular frame of mind (which would enable thee to enjoy felicity notwithstanding the loss of thy possessions).  The advice I give thee is to renounce all those objects of desire.  Objects that should be avoided appear in the guise of those that should be striven for, while those that should be striven for appear in the guise of objects that should be avoided.  Some lose their wealth in the pursuit of wealth.  Others regard wealth as the root of infinite happiness, and, therefore pursue it eagerly.  Some again, delighted with wealth, think that there is nothing superior to it.  In his eager desire for the acquisition of wealth, such a person loses all other objects of life.  If, O prince of Kosala, a person loses that wealth which had been earned with difficulty and which had been proportionate to his desires, he then, overcome by the inactivity of despair, gives up all desire of wealth.  Some persons of righteous souls and high birth betake themselves to the acquisition of virtue.  These renounce every kind of worldly happiness from desire of winning felicity in the other world.  Some persons lay down life itself, moved by the desire of acquiring wealth.  These do not think that life has any use if dissociated from wealth.  Behold their pitiable condition.  Behold their foolishness.  When life is so short and uncertain, these men, moved by ignorance, set their eyes on wealth.  Who is there that would set his heart upon hoarding when destruction is its end, upon life when death is its end, and upon union when separation is its end? sometimes man renounces wealth, and sometimes wealth renounces man.  What man possessed of knowledge is there that would feel grieved at the loss of wealth?  There are many other persons in the world that lose wealth and friends.  Behold, O king, with thy intelligence, and thou wilt understand that the calamities which overtake men are all due to the conduct of men themselves.  Do thou, therefore, (as a remedy), restrain thy senses and mind and speech.  For, if those become weak and productive of evil there is no man who can keep himself free from temptation of external objects by which he is always surrounded.  As no one can form an adequate idea of the past nor can foresee the future, there being many intervals of time and place, a person like thee who is possessed
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