next drink hot ghee for three days. Having in
this way drunk hot ghee for three days, one should
subsist for the next three days on air only.
That sacred thing by whose aid the deities enjoy regions
of felicity, that which is the most sacred of all
sacred things, viz
., ghee should then be borne
on the head. With the aid of ghee one should
pour libations on the sacred fire. By making gifts
of ghee, one should cause the Brahman to utter benedictions
on oneself. One should eat ghee and make gifts
of ghee. As the reward of this conduct, one may
then attain to that prosperity which belongs to kine.
That man who, for a month, subsists upon the gruel
of barley picked up every day from cow dung becomes
cleansed of sins as grave as the slaughter of a Brahman.
After their defeat at the hands of the Daityas, the
deities practised this expiation. It was in consequence
of this expiation that they succeeded in regaining
their position as deities. Verily, it was through
this that they regained their strength and became crowned
with success. Kine are sacred. They are
embodiments of merit. They are high and most
efficacious cleansers of all. By making gifts
of kine unto the Brahmanas one attains to Heaven.
Living in a pure state, in the midst of kine, one
should mentally recite those sacred Mantras that are
known by the name of Gomati, after touching pure water.
By doing this, one becomes purified and cleansed (of
all sins). Brahmanas of righteous deeds, who have
been cleansed by knowledge, study of the Vedas, and
observance of vows, should, only in the midst of sacred
fires or kine or assemblies of Brahmanas, impart unto
their disciples a knowledge of the Gomati Mantras
which are every way like unto a sacrifice (for the
merit they produce). One should observe a fast
for three nights for receiving the boon constituted
by a knowledge of the import of the Gomati Mantras.
The man who is desirous of obtaining a son may obtain
one by adoring these Mantras. He who desires
the possession of wealth may have his desire gratified
by adoring these Mantras. The girl desirous of
having a good husband may have her wish fulfilled
by the same means. In fact, one may acquire the
fruition of every wish one may cherish, by adoring
these sacred Mantras. When kine are gratified
with the service one renders them, they are, without
doubt, capable of granting the fruition of every wish.
Even so, kine are highly blessed. They are the
essential requisites of sacrifices. They are
grantors of every wish. Know that there is nothing
superior to kine.’
“Bhishma continued, ’Thus addressed by
his high-souled sire, Suka, endued with great energy,
began from that time to worship kine every day.
Do thou also, O son, conduct thyself in the same way.’”
“Yudhishthira said, ’I have heard that
the dung of the cow is endued with Sree. I desire
to hear how this has been brought about. I have
doubts, O grandsire, which thou shouldst dispel.’