The Mahabharata of Krishna-Dwaipayana Vyasa, Volume 4 eBook

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copious Dakshina, and make gifts of good and agreeable food unto those that are righteous.  By making an act of gift thou shouldst regard thyself as performing a sacrifice.  Thou shouldst with gifts adore those Brahmanas who perform sacrifices.  By doing this thou will acquire a share in the merits of those sacrifices of theirs.  Thou shouldst support such Brahmanas as are possessed of children and as are capable of sending people to Heaven.  By conducting thyself in this way thou art sure to get a large progeny—­in fact as large a progeny as the Prajapati himself.  They that are righteous support and advance the cause of all righteous acts.  One should, by giving up one’s all, support such men, as also those that do good unto all creatures.  Thyself being in the enjoyment of affluence, do thou, O Yudhishthira, make unto Brahmanas gifts of kine and bullocks and food and umbrellas, and robes and sandals or shoes Do thou give unto sacrificing Brahmanas clarified butter, as also food and cars and vehicles with horses harnessed thereto, and dwelling houses and mansions and beds.  Such gifts are fraught with prosperity and affluence to the giver, and are regarded as pure, O Bharata.  Those Brahmanas that are not censurable for anything they do, and that have no means of support assigned to them, should be searched out.  Covertly or publicly do thou cherish such Brahmanas by assigning them the means of support.  Such conduct always confers higher benefit upon Kshatriyas than the Rajasuya and the Horse-sacrifices.  Cleansing thyself of sin, thou art sure of attaining to Heaven.  Filling thy treasury thou shouldst do good to thy kingdom.  By such conduct thou art sure to win much wealth and become a Brahmana (in thy next life).  Do thou, O Bharata, protect thy own means (of support and of doing acts of righteousness), as also the means of other people’s subsistence.  Do thou support thy servants as thy own children.  Do thou, O Bharata, protect the Brahmanas in the enjoyment of what they have and make gifts unto them of such articles as they have not.  Let thy life be devoted to the purpose of the Brahmanas.  Let it never be said that thou dost not grant protection to the Brahmanas.  Much wealth or affluence, when possessed by a Brahmana, becomes a source of evil to him.  Constant association with affluence and prosperity is certain to fill him with pride and cause him to be stupefied (in respect of his true duties).  If the Brahmanas become stupefied and steeped in folly, righteousness and duties are sure to suffer destruction.  Without doubt, if righteousness and duty come to an end, it will lead to the destruction of all creatures.  That king who having amassed wealth makes it over (for safe keep) to his treasury officers and guards, and then commences again to plunder his kingdom, saying unto his officers, ’Do ye bring me as much wealth as you can extort from the kingdom,’ and who spends the wealth that is thus collected at his command under circumstances of fear and cruelty, in the performance
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