The Mahabharata of Krishna-Dwaipayana Vyasa, Volume 3 eBook

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creatures thus betake themselves to action in consequence of attributes.  When they abstain therefrom, they attain to Emancipation.  Some again (by action) go to heaven.  The living creature, primordial nature, the understanding, the objects of the senses, the senses, consciousness, conviction of personal identity, are called creatures (for they are subjected to destruction).  The original creation of all these flowed from the Supreme.  Their second or succeeding creation is due to the action of couples or pairs (of opposite sexes) and is confined to all things save the primal five, and is restrained by laws in consequence of which the same species produce the same species.  From righteousness (living) creatures obtain a high end, and from sinfulness they earn an end that is low.  He who is unemancipated from attachments, encounters rebirth; while he who is emancipated therefrom, attains to Knowledge (or Brahma).’”


“Manu said, ’When the fivefold attributes are united with the five senses and the mind, then is Brahma seen by the individual like a thread passing through a gem.  As a thread, again, may lie within gold or pearl or a coral or any object made of earth, even so one’s soul, in consequence of one’s own acts, may live within a cow, a horse, a man, an elephant, or any other animal, or within a worm or an insect.  The good deeds an individual performs in a particular body produce rewards that the individual enjoys in that particular body.  A soil, apparently drenched with one particular kind of liquid, supplies to each different kind of herb or plant that grows on it the sort of juice it requires for itself.  After the same manner, the Understanding, whose course is witnessed by the soul, is obliged to follow the path marked out by the acts of previous lives.[695] From knowledge springs desire.  From desire springs resolution.  From resolution flows action.  From action proceed fruits (i.e., consequences, good and bad).  Fruits, therefore, are dependent on actions as their cause.  Actions have the understanding for their cause.  The understanding has knowledge for its cause; and knowledge has the Soul for its cause.  That excellent result which is achieved in consequence of the destruction of knowledge, of fruits, of the understanding, and of acts, is called Knowledge of Brahma.[696] Great and high is that self-existent Essence, which yogins behold.  They that are devoid of wisdom, and whose understandings are devoted to worldly possessions never behold that which exists in the Soul itself.  Water is superior to the Earth in extension; Light is superior to Water; Wind is superior to Light; Space is superior to Wind; Mind is superior to Space; Understanding is superior to Mind; Time is superior to Understanding.  The divine Vishnu, whose is this universe, is superior to Time.  That god is without beginning, middle, and end.  In consequence of his being without

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