The Mahabharata of Krishna-Dwaipayana Vyasa, Volume 3 eBook

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his having followed the practice of acts.[688] Desire for the objects of the senses keeps away from a person who does not indulge in such desire.  The very principle of desire, however, leaves him who has beheld his soul, which, of course, is entirely free from desire.[689] When the Understanding, freed from attachment to the objects of the senses, becomes fixed in the mind, then does one succeed in attaining to Brahma, for it is there that the mind with the understanding withdrawn into it can possibly be extinguished.  Brahma is not an object of touch, or of hearing, or of taste, or of sight, or of smell, or of any deductive inference from the Known.  Only the Understanding (when withdrawn from everything else) can attain to it.  All objects that the mind apprehends through ’the senses are capable of being withdrawn into the mind; the mind can be withdrawn into the understanding; the Understanding can be withdrawn into the Soul, and the Soul into the Supreme.[690] The senses cannot contribute to the success of the mind.  The mind cannot apprehend the Understanding.  The Understanding cannot apprehend the manifested Soul.  The Soul, however, which is subtile, beholds those all.’”


“Manu said, ’Upon the appearance of the physical and mental sorrow, one does not become able to practise yoga.  It is advisable, therefore, for one not to brood over such sorrow.  The remedy for sorrow is abstention from brooding over it.  When sorrow is brooded over, it comes aggressively and increases in violence.  One should relieve mental sorrow by wisdom, while physical sorrow should be cured by medicaments.  Wisdom teaches this.  One should not, while under sorrow, behave like a child.  The man of wisdom should never cherish a desire for youth, beauty, length of life, accumulation of wealth, health, and the companionship of those that are dear, all of which are transitory.  One should not grieve singly for a sorrow that affects a whole community.  Without grieving, one should, if one sees an opportunity, seek to apply a remedy.  Without doubt, the measure of sorrow is much greater than that of happiness in life.  To one who is content with the objects of the senses, death that is disagreeable comes in consequence of his stupefaction.  That man who avoids both sorrow and happiness succeeds verily in attaining to Brahma.  Such persons, who are possessed of wisdom, have never to grieve.[691] Worldly possessions bring about sorrow.  In protecting them thou canst not have any happiness.  They are again earned with misery.  One should not therefore, regard their loss.[692] Pure Knowledge (or Brahma) is regarded (by ignorance) as existing in the diverse forms that are objects of Knowledge.  Know that mind is only an attribute of Knowledge.  When the mind becomes united with the faculties of knowledge, then the Understanding (which bodies forth the forms of things) sets in.[693] When the Understanding, freed from the attributes

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