The Mahabharata of Krishna-Dwaipayana Vyasa, Volume 4 eBook

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with reverence one’s preceptor one acquires learning.  By performing Sraddhas every day in honour of one’s Pitris (manes), one acquires a large number of children.  By observing Diksha upon potherbs and vegetables, one acquires a large number of kine.  Those that subsist upon grass and straw succeed in attaining to heaven.  By bathing thrice every day with the necessary rites one acquires a large number of spouses.  By drinking water alone one acquires residence in the regions of Prajapati.  The Brahmana, who bathes every day and recites sacred Mantras in the twilights, becomes possessed of the status of Daksha himself.  By worshipping the deities in a wilderness or desert, one acquires a kingdom or sovereignty, and by observing the vow of casting off the body by a long fast, one ascends to Heaven.  One possessed of the wealth of penances and always passing his days in Yoga obtains good beds and seats and vehicles.  Casting off the body by entering a blazing fire, one becomes an object of reverence in the region of Brahman.  Those that lie on the hard and bare ground acquire houses and beds.  Those that clothe themselves in rags and barks obtain good robes and ornaments.  By avoiding the several agreeable tastes one succeeds in acquiring great prosperity.  By abstaining from meat and fish, one gets long-lived children.  One who passes some time in that mode of life which is called Udavasa, becomes the very lord of Heaven.  The man who speaks the truth, O best of men, succeeds in sporting happily with the deities themselves.  By making gifts one acquires great fame in consequence of one’s high achievements.  By abstention from cruelty one acquires health and freedom from disease.  By serving Brahmanas with reverence one attains to kingdom and sovereignty, and the high status of a Brahmana.  By making gifts of water and other drinks, one acquires eternal fame in consequence of high achievements.  By making gifts of food one acquires diverse articles of enjoyment.  One who gives peace unto all creatures (by refraining from doing them any injury), becomes freed from every region.  By serving the deities one obtains a kingdom and celestial beauty.  By presenting lights at places which are dark and frequented by men, one acquires a good vision.  By giving away good and beautiful objects one acquires a good memory and understanding.  By giving away scents and garlands, one acquires fame that spreads over a large area.  Those who abstain from shaving off their hair and beards succeed in obtaining excellent children..  By observing fasts and Diksha and baths, O Bharata, for twelve years (according to the ordinance), one acquires a region that is superior to that attainable by unreturning heroes.  By bestowing one’s daughter on an eligible bridegroom according to the Brahma form, one obtains, O best of men, male and female slaves and ornaments and fields and houses.  By performing sacrifices and observing fasts, one ascends to Heaven, O Bharata.  The man who gives away fruits and flowers
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