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The Mahabharata of Krishna-Dwaipayana Vyasa, Volume 3 eBook

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should never mix with wicked wights for general or special reasons.  From a sinful act committed only once, one may cleanse one’s self by repenting of it.  From a sinful act committed twice, one may cleanse one’s self by vowing never to commit it again.  From such an act committed thrice, one may cleanse one’s self by the resolution to bear one’s self righteously ever afterwards.  By committing such an act repeatedly, one may cleanse one’s self by a trip to sacred places.  One who is desirous of obtaining prosperity should do all that results in blessedness.  They who live amidst fragrant odours themselves become fragrant in consequence.  They, on the other hand, who live in the midst of foul stench themselves become foul.  One devoted to the practice of ascetic penances is soon cleansed of all one’s sins.  By worshipping the (homa) fire for a year, one stained by diverse sins becomes purified.  One guilty of foeticide is cleansed by worshipping the fire for three years.  One guilty of foeticide becomes cleansed at even a hundred Yojanas from Mahasaras, or the tirthas called Pushkara, or Prabhasa, or Manasa on the north, if only one gets out for any of them.[446] A slayer of creatures is cleansed of his sins by saying from imminent peril as many creatures of that particular species as have been slain by him.  Manu has said that by diving in water after thrice reciting the Aghamarshana mantras, one reaps the fruits of the final bath in a Horse-sacrifice.[447] Such an act very soon cleanses one of all one’s sins, and one regains in consequence the esteem of the world.  All creatures become obedient to such a person like helpless idiots (obedient to those that surround them).  The gods and Asuras, in days of yore, approaching the celestial preceptor Vrihaspati, O king, humbly enquired of him, saying, ’Thou knowest, O great Rishi, the fruits of virtue, as also the fruits of those other acts that lead to hell in the next world.  Does not that person succeed in liberating himself from both merit and sin with whom the two (weal and woe) are equal?  Tell us, O great Rishi, what the fruits of righteousness are, and how does a righteous person dispels his sins.’

“Vrihaspati answered, ’If having committed sin through folly, one does meritorious acts understanding their nature, one succeeds, by such righteousness, in cleansing one’s self from sin even as a piece of dirty cloth is washed clean by means of some saline substance.  One should not boast after having committed sin.  By having recourse to faith and by freeing one’s self from malice, one succeeds in obtaining blessedness.  That person who covers the faults, even when exposed, of good men, obtains blessedness even after committing faults.  As the sun rising at morn dispels darkness, one dispels all ones sins by acting righteously.’

“Bhishma continued, ’Indrota, the son of Sunaka, having said these words unto king Janamejaya, assisted him, by his ministrations, in the performance of the horse-sacrifice.  The king, cleansed of his sins and regaining blessedness, shone with splendour like a blazing fire, and that slayer of foes then entered his kingdom like Soma in his full form entering heaven.’”

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