The Mahabharata of Krishna-Dwaipayana Vyasa, Volume 3 eBook

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sufficiently restrains the rays that emanate from the senses, it is then that it becomes manifest (to the Understanding) like a lamp burning within a vessel that covers it.  That person who renounces all ordinary acts, practises penances, devotes himself to study the Soul, taking a delight therein, and regards himself as the Soul of all creatures, acquires a high end.  As an aquatic fowl, while moving over the waters, is never drenched in that element, even thus does a person of wisdom move (in the world) among creatures.  By the aid of one’s intelligence one should act in the world after this fashion, without grief, without joy, with an equal eye for all, and destitute of malice and envy.  One living in this way succeeds in creating the qualities (instead of being oneself affected by them), like a spider creating threads.[613] The qualities should, indeed, be regarded as the threads of the spider.  Some say that the qualities in respect of such men are not lost.  Some say that they are all lost.  Those who say that they are not lost rely upon the revealed scriptures (viz., the Srutis), which do not contain any declaration to the contrary.  They, on the other hand, who say that the qualities are all lost rely on the Smritis.  Reflecting upon both these opinions, one should judge oneself as to which of them is right.  One should thus get over this hard and knotty question which is capable c f disturbing the understanding by doubt, and thereby win happiness.  When that doubt will be removed, one will no longer have to indulge in sorrow of any kind.  Men of filthy hearts may by knowledge obtain success like persons plunging in a well-filled stream purifying themselves of all filth.  One who has to cross a broad river does not feel happy at only seeing the other shore.  If the case were otherwise (i.e., if by only beholding the other shore one could reach it by a boat), then might one become happy.  The matter is otherwise with one acquainted with the Truth.  The mere knowledge of Truth will bring him happiness.  As soon as such knowledge begins to bear fruits, the person may be regarded to have reached the other shore.  They who thus know the Soul as freed from all worldly objects and is but the One, are said to obtain high and excellent knowledge.[614] A person by knowing the origin and the end of all creatures, which is even such, and by reflecting upon the matter, gradually obtains infinite happiness.  He that has understood the triple aggregate (viz., that it is liable to destruction instead of being eternal), and reflecting upon it, casts it away, succeeds by yoga to behold the Truth and obtain perfect felicity.  The Soul is incapable of being seen unless the senses, which are employed on diverse objects and are difficult of being controlled, be all duly restrained.  He that knows this is really wise.  What other indication is there of a wise man?  Acquiring this knowledge, men possessed of intelligence regard themselves to be crowned with success.  That which inspires the ignorant with
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