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This eBook from the Gutenberg Project consists of approximately 1,319 pages of information about The Mahabharata of Krishna-Dwaipayana Vyasa, Volume 4.
with every duty of righteousness, live according to the Unchha mode.  Their attire consists of deer-skins or barks of trees.  Freed from every pair of opposites, the Valkhilyas, possessed of wealth of penances, walk in this track of righteousness.  They are as big as a digit of the thumb.  Distributed into classes, each class lives in the practice of the duties assigned to it.  They desire only to practise penance.  The merits they win by their righteous conduct are very high.  They are regarded as having attained to an equality with the gods and exist for the accomplishment of the purposes of the gods.  Having burnt off all their sins by severe penances, they blaze forth in effulgence, illuminating all the points of the compass.  Others, called Chakracharas, are endued with cleansed souls and devoted to the practice of compassion.  Righteous in their conduct and possessed of great sanctity, they live in the region of Soma.  Thus residing near enough to the region of the Pitris, they duly subsist by drinking the rays of Soma.  There are others called Samprakshalas and Asmkuttas and Dantolukhalas.[564] These live near the Soma-drinking deities and others that drink flames of fire.  With their wedded spouses, and with passions under complete control, they too subsist upon the rays of Soma.  They pour libations of clarified butter on the sacred fire, and adore the Pitris under proper forms.  They also perform the well-known sacrifices.  Even this is said to constitute their religion.  The religion of the Rishis, O goddess, is always observed by those who are houseless and who are free to rove through every region including that of the gods.  There are, again, other classes about whom I shall speak presently.  Do thou listen.  It is necessary that they who observe the different religions of the Rishis, should subjugate their passions and know the Soul.  Indeed, in my opinion, lust and wrath should be completely conquered.  With corn (wealth) acquired by the Unchha mode, they should discharge the following duties, viz., the pouring of libations on the sacred fire, occupying a fixed seat employing oneself the while in the sacrifice called Dharmaratri, performance of she Soma-sacrifice, acquisition of especial knowledge, the giving of sacrificial presents which forms the fifth, the daily performance of sacrifices, devotion to the worship of the Pitris and the deities, hospitality towards all.  Abstention from all luxurious viands prepared from cow’s milk, taking a pleasure in tranquillity of heart, lying on bare rocks or the earth, devotion to Yoga, eating potherbs and leaves of trees, and subsisting upon fruits and roots and wind and water and moss, are some of the practices of the Rishis by which they attain to the end that belongs to persons unsubjugated (by the world).  When the smoke has ceased to curl upwards from a house, when the husking machine has ceased to ply, when the hearth-fire has been extinguished, when all the inmates have taken their food, when dishes are no longer carried
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