The Mahabharata of Krishna-Dwaipayana Vyasa, Volume 4 eBook

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They that are self-restrained are always in the enjoyment of that felicity which attaches to the absence or subjugation of desire.  They that are self-restrained are competent to go everywhere at will.  They that are self-restrained are capable of destroying every foe.  Without doubt, they that are self-restrained succeed in obtaining everything they seek.  They that are self-restrained, O son of Pandu, obtain the fruition of every wish.  The happiness that men enjoy in heaven through penances and prowess (in arms) through gift, and through diverse sacrifices, becomes theirs that are self-restrained and forgiving.  Self-restraint is more meritorious than gift.  A giver, after making a gift unto the Brahmanas, may yield to the Influence of wrath.  A self-restrained man, however, never yields to wrath.  Hence, self-restraint is superior (in point of merit) to gift.  That man, who makes gifts without yielding to wrath, succeeds in attaining to eternal regions of felicity.  Wrath destroys the merit of a gift.  Hence, self-restraint is superior to gift.  There are various invisible places, O monarch, numbering by ten thousands, in heaven.  Existing in all the regions of heaven, these places belong to the Rishis.  Persons, leaving this world, attain to them and become transformed into deities.  O king, the great Rishis repair thither, aided only by their self-restraint, and as the end of their efforts to attain to a region of superior happiness.  Hence, self-restraint is superior (in efficacy) to gift.  The person, who becomes a preceptor (for teaching the Vedas), and who duly worships the fire, taking leave of all his afflictions in this world, enjoys inexhaustible felicity, O king, in the region of Brahma.  That man, who, having himself studied the Vedas, imparts a knowledge thereof unto righteous disciples, and who praises the acts of his own preceptor, attain to great honours in heaven.  That Kshatriya, who takes to the study of the Vedas, to the performance of sacrifices, to the making of gifts, and who rescues the lives of others in battle, similarly attains to great, honours in heaven.  The Vaisya, who, observant of the duties of his order, makes gifts, reaps as the fruit of those gifts, a crowning reward.  The Sudra, who duly observes the duties of his order (which consist of services rendered to the three other orders) wins heaven as the reward of such services.  Diverse kinds of heroes have been spoken of (in the scriptures).  Listen to me as I expound to thee what the rewards are that they attain to.  The rewards are fixed of a hero belonging to a heroic race.  There are heroes of sacrifice, heroes of self-restraint, heroes of truth, and others equally entitled to the name of hero.  There are heroes of battle, and heroes of gift of liberality among men.  There are many persons, who may be called the heroes of the Sankhya faith as, indeed, there are many others that are called heroes of Yoga.  There are others that are regarded as heroes in the
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