The Mahabharata of Krishna-Dwaipayana Vyasa, Volume 4 eBook

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to one’s pleasure and happiness.  Righteous men of righteous deeds should make such gifts, impelled by the motive that it is their duty to act in that way and not from desire of reaping any rewards therefrom.  Verily good men should act in this way so that the virtuous men described above might not, O Yudhishthira, feel any disinclination to accept those gifts sanctified by devotion and faith.  There are persons bathed in learning and bathed in vows.  Without depending upon anybody they obtain their means of subsistence.  These Brahmanas of rigid vows are devoted to Vedic study and penances without proclaiming their practices to any one.  Whatever gifts thus mayst make unto those persons of pure behaviour, of thorough mastery over their senses, and always contented with their own wedded spouses in the matter of desire, are sure to win for thee a merit that will accompany thee into all the worlds into which thou mayst go.  One reaps the same merit by making gifts unto regenerate persons of restrained souls which one wins by properly pouring libations unto the sacred fire morning and evening.  Even this is the sacrifice spread out for thee,—­a sacrifice that is sanctified by devotion and faith and that is endued with Dakshina.  It is distinguished above all other sacrifices.  Let that sacrifice ceaselessly flow from thee as thou givest away.[320] Performed in view of such men, O Yudhishthira, a sacrifice in which the water that is sprinkled for dedicating gifts constitutes the oblations in honour of the Pitris, and devotion and worship rendered unto such superior men, serves to free one of the debts one owes to the deities.[321] Those persons that do not yield to wrath and that never desire to take even a blade of grass belonging to others, as also they that are of agreeable speech, deserve to receive from us the most reverent worship.  Such persons and others (because free from desire) never pay their regards to the giver.  Nor do they strive for obtaining gifts.  They should, however, be cherished by givers as they cherish their own sons.  I bend my head unto them.  From them also both Heaven and Hell may become one’s.[322] Ritwiks and Purohitas and preceptors, when conversant with the Vedas and when behaving mildly towards disciples, become such.  Without doubt, Kshatriya energy loses its force upon a Brahmana when it encounters him.  Thinking that thou art a king, that thou art possessed of great power, and that thou hast affluence, do not, O Yudhishthira, enjoy thy affluence without giving anything unto the Brahmanas.  Observing the duties of thy own order, do thou worship the Brahmanas with whatever wealth thou hast, O sinless one, for purposes of adornment or sustaining thy power.  Let the Brahmanas live in whatever way they like.  Thou shouldst always bend thy head unto them with reverence.  Let them always rejoice in thee as thy children, living happily and according to their wishes.  Who else than thou, O best of the Kurus, is competent to provide
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