The Mahabharata of Krishna-Dwaipayana Vyasa, Volume 3 eBook

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is called renunciation.  Renunciation can never be acquired except by one who is divested of anger and malice.  That virtue in consequence of which one does good, with watchfulness and care, to all creatures is called goodness.  It hath no particular shape and consists in the divestment of all selfish attachments.  That virtue owing to which one remains unchanged in happiness and misery is called fortitude.  That wise man who desires his own good always practises this virtue.  One should always practise forgiveness and devotedness to truth.  That man of wisdom who succeeds in casting off joy and fear and wrath, succeeds in acquiring fortitude.  Abstention from injury as regards all creatures in thought, word, and deed, kindness, and gift, are the eternal duties of those who are good.  These thirteen attributes, though apparently distinct from one another, have but one and the same form, viz., Truth.  All these, O Bharata, support Truth and strengthen it.  It is impossible, O monarch, to exhaust the merits of Truth.  It is for these reasons that the Brahmanas, the Pitris, and the gods, applaud Truth.  There is no duty which is higher than Truth, and no sin more heinous than untruth.  Indeed, Truth is the very foundation of righteousness.  For this reason, one should never destroy Truth.  From Truth proceed gifts, and sacrifice with presents, as well as the threefold Agnihotras, the Vedas, and everything else that leads to righteousness.  Once on a time a thousand horse-sacrifices and Truth were weighed against each other in the balance.  Truth weighed heavier than a thousand horse-sacrifices."’


“Yudhishthira said, ’Tell me, O thou of great wisdom, everything about that from which spring wrath and lust, O bull of Bharata’s race, and sorrow and loss of judgment, and inclination to do (evil to others), and jealousy and malice and pride, and envy, and slander, and incapacity to bear the good of others, and unkindness, and fear.  Tell me everything truly and in detail about all these.’

“Bhishma said, ’These thirteen vices are regarded as very powerful foes of all creatures.  These, O Monarch, approach and tempt men from every side.  They goad and afflict a heedless man or one that is insensate.  Indeed, as soon as they see a person, they assail him powerfully like wolves jumping upon their prey.  From these proceed all kinds of grief.  From these proceed all kinds of sin.  Every mortal, O foremost of men, should always know this.  I shall now speak to thee of their origin, of the objects upon which they rest, and of the means of their destruction, O lord of the earth!  Listen, first, O king, with undivided attention, to the origin of wrath truly and in detail.  Anger springs from covetousness.  It is strengthened by the faults of others.  Through forgiveness it remains dormant, and through forgiveness it disappears.  As regards lust, it springs from resolution. 

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