Puru and Kartavirya and Aniruddha and Nahusha and Yayati
and Nrigas and Vishwaksena and Sasavindu and Yuvanaswa
and Sivi, the son of Usinara, and Muchukunda and Mandhatri,
and Harischandra. Do thou always speak the truth.
Never speak an untruth. Truth is an eternal duty.
It is by truth that Harischandra roves through heaven
like a second Chandramas. These other kings also,
., Syenachitra, O monarch, and Somaka and
Vrika and Raivata and Rantideva and Vasu and Srinjaya,
and Dushmanta and Karushma and Rama and Alarka and
Nala, and Virupaswa and Nimi and Janaka of great intelligence,
and Aila and Prithu and Virasena, and Ikshvaku, and
Sambhu, and Sweta, and Sagara, and Aja and Dhundhu
and Suvahu, and Haryaswa and Kshupa and Bharata, O
monarch, did not eat flesh for the month of Karttika
and as the consequence thereof attained to heaven,
and endued with prosperity, blazed forth with effulgence
in the region of Brahman, adored by Gandharvas and
surrounded by thousand damsels of great beauty.
Those high-souled men who practise this excellent
religion which is characterised by abstention from
injury succeed in attaining to a residence in heaven.
These righteous men who, from the time of birth, abstain
from honey and meat and wine, are regarded as Munis.
That man who practises this religion consisting of
abstention from meat or who recites it for causing
others to hear it, will never have to go to hell even
if he be exceedingly wicked in conduct in other respects.
He, O king, who (often-times) reads these ordinances
about abstention from meat, that are sacred and adored
by the Rishis, or hears it read, becomes cleansed
of every sin and attains to great felicity in consequence
of the fruition of every wish. Without doubt,
he attains also to a position of eminence among kinsmen.
When afflicted with calamity, he readily transcends
it. When obstructed with impediments, he succeeds
in freeing himself from them with the utmost ease.
When ill with disease, he becomes cured speedily,
and afflicted with sorrow he becomes liberated from
it with greatest ease. Such a man has never to
take birth in the intermediate order of animals or
birds. Born in the order of humanity, he attains
to great beauty of person. Endued with great
prosperity, O chief of Kuru’s race, he acquires
great fame as well. I have thus told thee, O
king, all that should be said on the subject of abstention
from meat, together with the ordinances respecting
both the religion of Pravritti and Nivritti as framed
by the Rishis.”
“Yudhishthira said, ’Alas, those cruel
men, who, discarding diverse kinds of food, covet
only flesh, are really like great Rakshasas! Alas,
they do not relish diverse kinds of cakes and diverse
sorts of potherbs and various species of Khanda with
juicy flavour so much as they do flesh! My understanding,
for this reason, becomes stupefied in this matter.
I think, when such is the case, that, there is nothing