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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.
in consequence of diseases, wounds, and other sufferings.  If only one of the five becomes afflicted, the union, being dissolved, the five go away into five different directions.  When the body which is a union of the elements, becomes separated into five ingredients, whither doth life go?  What doth it then know?  What doth it then hear?  What doth it then say?  This cow (that is given away to a holy Brahmana), it is said, will rescue me in the other world.  The animal, however, that is given away, itself dies.  Whom then will this cow rescue?  The taker of the cow (in gift) and the giver are both equal (in being both subject to death).  Both of them meet with extinction in this world.  How then will they meet again?  How will the person that has been eaten up by birds, or that has been broken in pieces by a fall from a mountain summit, or that has been consumed by fire, regain life?  The root of a tree that has been cut down does not grow up again.  Only the seeds put forth sprouts.  Where is the person who having died comes back (to some sort of new existence)?  Only seeds were originally created.  All this universe is the result of seeds in succession.  They that die, die to perish Seeds result from seeds.’”


“Bhrigu said, ’There is no destruction of the living creature, or of what is given, or of our other acts.  The creature that dies only goes into another form.  The body along dissolves away.  The living creature, though depending upon the body, does not meet with destruction when the body is destroyed.  It is not seen after the destruction of the physical frame just as fire is not seen after the consumption of the fuel with which it was ignited.’

“Bharadwaja said, ’If there is no destruction of the living creature like that of fire, I submit, fire itself is not seen after consumption of the fuel (that ignited it).  When the supply of fuel is stopped, the fire becomes extinguished, and, as far as I know, becomes annihilated.  That should surely be regarded to have met with destruction which has no longer any action, which furnishes no proof of its existence, and which no longer occupies any space.’

“Bhrigu said, ’It is true that upon the consumption of fuel fire is no longer seen.  It mingles with space because there is no longer any visible object in which to inhere, and hence it becomes incapable of perception by us.  Similarly, upon leaving the body, the creature lives in space, and cannot be seen in consequence of its extreme subtility as is doubtless the case with fire.  It is fire or heat that sustains the breaths called Prana and the others.  Know that that heat (thus existing) is called life or the living agent.  That heat which is the sustainer of the breaths, becomes extinguished in consequence of the suppression of breath.  Upon that heat in the physical frame being extinguished, the frame itself loses animation.  Falling down,

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