The Mahabharata of Krishna-Dwaipayana Vyasa, Volume 3 eBook

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All things that can be perceived by the senses are called Manifest.  All, however, that is Unmanifest, that is beyond the ken of the senses, that can be ascertained only by the subtile senses, should be sought to be known.[567] If there be no faith, one will never succeed in attaining to that subtile sense.  Therefore, one should hold oneself in faith.  The mind should be united with Prana, and Prana should then be held within Brahma.  By dissociating oneself from all attachments, one may obtain absorption into Brahma.  There is no need of attending to any other thing.  A Brahmana can easily attain to Brahma by the path of Renunciation.  The indications of a Brahmana are purity, good behaviour and compassion unto all creatures.’”


“Bhrigu said, ’Truth is Brahma; Truth is Penance; it is Truth that creates all creatures.  It is by Truth that the whole universe is upheld; and it is with the aid of Truth that one goes to heaven.  Untruth is only another form of Darkness.  It is Darkness that leads downwards.  Those who are afflicted by Darkness and covered by it fail to behold the lighted regions of heaven.  It has been said that Heaven is Light and that Hell is Darkness.  The creatures that dwell in the universe may obtain both heaven and hell.  In this world also, truth and untruth lead to opposite courses of conduct and opposite indications, such as Righteousness and Unrighteousness, light and darkness, pleasure and pain.  Amongst these, that which is Truth is Righteousness; that which is Righteousness is Light; and that which is Light is Happiness.  Similarly, that which is Untruth is Unrighteousness; that which is Unrighteousness is Darkness; and that which is Darkness is Sorrow or Misery.  In this respect it is said that they that are possessed of wisdom, beholding that the world of lire is overwhelmed with sorrow, both bodily and mental, and with happiness that is sure to end in misery, never suffer themselves to be stupefied.  He that is Wise will strive to rescue himself from sorrow.  The happiness of living creatures is unstable both here and hereafter.[568] The happiness of creatures that are overwhelmed by Darkness disappears like the splendour of the Moon when afflicted by Rahu.[569] Happiness is said to be of two kinds, viz., bodily and mental.  Both in this and the other world, the visible and the invisible fruits (of action) are specified (in the Vedas) for the sake of happiness.[570] There is nothing more important than happiness and among the fruits or consequences of the triple aggregate.  Happiness is desirable.  It is an attribute of the Soul.  Both Virtue and Profit are sought for its sake.  Virtue is its root.  This, indeed, is its origin.  All acts have for their end the attainment of happiness.’

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