The Mahabharata of Krishna-Dwaipayana Vyasa, Volume 4 eBook

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false statement.  Vali, the son of Virochana, righteously bound by his promise, was consigned to the regions under the Earth, by the prowess of Vishnu.  Was not Janamejaya, who followed the foot-prints of Sakra, checked and put down by the gods for killing a Brahmana woman?  Was not the regenerate Rishi Vaisampayana too, who slew a Brahmana in ignorance, and was polluted by the slaughter of a child, put down by the gods?  In olden times the royal sage Nriga became transmuted into a lizard.  He had made gifts of kine unto the Brahmanas at his great sacrifice, but this availed him not.  The royal sage Dhundhumara was overwhelmed with decrepitude even while engaged in performing his sacrifices, and foregoing all the merits thereof, he fell asleep at Girivraja.  The Pandavas too regained their lost kingdom, of which they had been deprived by the powerful sons of Dhritarashtra, not through the intercession of the fates, but by recourse to their own valour.  Do the Munis of rigid vows, and devoted to the practice of austere penances, denounce their curses with the aid of any supernatural power or by the exercise of their own puissance attained by individual acts?  All the good which is attained with difficulty in this world is possessed by the wicked, is soon lost to them.  Destiny does not help the man that is steeped in spiritual ignorance and avarice.  Even as a fire of small proportions, when fanned by the wind, becomes of mighty power, so does Destiny, when joined with individual Exertion, increase greatly (in potentiality).  As with the diminution of oil in the lamp its light is extinguished so does the influence of Destiny is lost if one’s acts stop.  Having obtained vast wealth, and women and all the enjoyments of this world, the man, without action is unable to enjoy them long, but the high-souled man, who is even diligent, is able to find riches buried deep in the Earth and watched over by the fates.  The good man who is prodigal (in religious charities and sacrifices) is sought by the gods for his good conduct, the celestial world being better than the world of men, but the house of the miser though abounding in wealth is looked upon by the gods as the house of dead.  The man that does not exert himself is never contented in this world nor can Destiny alter the course of a man that has gone wrong.  So there is no authority inherent in Destiny.  As the pupil follows one’s own individual perception, so the Destiny follows Exertion.  The affairs in which one’s own Exertion is put forth, there only Destiny shows its hand.  O best of Munis, I have thus described all the merits of individual Exertion, after having always known them in their true significance with the aid of my yogic insight.  By the influence of Destiny, and by putting forth individual Exertion, do men attain to heaven.  The combined aid of Destiny and Exertion, becomes efficacious.’”

SECTION VII

“Yudhishthira said, ’O the best of Bharata’s race and the foremost of great men, I wish to know what the fruits are of good deed.  Do thou enlighten me on this point.’”

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