The Mahabharata of Krishna-Dwaipayana Vyasa, Volume 3 eBook

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the bodies of all mobile things the five elements occur.  In each the proportions are different.  It is in consequence of these five elements that mobile objects can move their bodies.  Skin, flesh, bones, marrow, and arteries and veins, that exist together in the body are made of earth.  Energy, wrath, eyes, internal heat, and that other heat which digest the food that is taken, these five, constitute the fire that occurs in all embodied creatures.[556] The ears, nostrils, mouth, heart, and stomach, these five, constitute the element of space that occurs in the bodies of living creatures.  Phlegm, bile, sweat, fat, blood, are the five kinds of water that occur in mobile bodies.  Through the breath called Prana a living creature is enabled to move.  Through that called Vyana, they put forth strength for action.  That called Apana moves downwards.  That called Samana resides within the heart.  Through that called Udana one eructates and is enabled to speak in consequence of its piercing through (the lungs, the throat, and the mouth).  These are the five kinds of wind that cause an embodied creature to live and move.  The properties of scent an embodied creature knows through the earth-element in him.  From the water-element he perceives taste.  From the fire-element represented by the eyes, he perceives forms, and from the wind-element he obtains the perception of touch.  Scent, touch, taste, vision, and sound, are regarded as the (general) properties of every mobile and immobile object.  I shall first speak of the several kinds of scent.  They are agreeable, disagreeable, sweet, pungent, far-going, varied, dry, indifferent.  All these nine kinds of scent are founded upon the earth-element.  Light is seen by the eyes and touch through the wind-element.  Sound, touch, vision and taste are the properties of water.  I shall speak (in detail) now of the perception of taste.  Listen to me.  High-souled Rishis have spoken of diverse kinds of taste.  They are sweet, saltish, bitter, astringent, sour, and pungent.  These are the six kinds of taste appertaining to the water-element.  Light contributes to the vision of form.  Form is of diverse kinds.  Short, tall, thick, four-cornered, round, white, black, red, blue, yellow, reddish, hard, bright, smooth, oily, soft, and terrible.  These are the sixteen different kinds of form which constitute the property of light or vision.  The property of the wind-element is touch.  Touch is of various kinds:  warm, cold, agreeable.. disagreeable, indifferent, burning, mild, soft, light, and heavy.  Both sound and touch are the two properties of the wind-element.  These are the eleven properties that appertain to the wind.  Space has only one property.  It is called sound.  I shall now tell thee the different kinds of sound.  They are the seven original notes called Shadja, Rishabha, Gandhara, Mahdhyama, Panchama, Dhaivata and Nishada.  These are the seven kinds of the property that appertains to space.  Sound inheres like the Supreme Being in all space though
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