The Mahabharata of Krishna-Dwaipayana Vyasa, Volume 4 eBook

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in sacrifices with the aid of Tantras from the Yajur Veda.  The flesh of the back-bone, or that of animals not slain in sacrifice, should be avoided even as one avoids the flesh of one’s own son.  One should never cause one’s guest to go without food whether when one resides in one’s own country or in a foreign land.  After completing one’s study one should present the Dakshina unto one’s preceptor.  When one sees one’s preceptor, one should congratulate him with reverence and worshipping him present him a seat.  By worshipping one’s preceptor, one increases the period of one’s life as also one’s fame and prosperity.  One should never censure the old, nor send them on any business[623].  One should never be seated when any one that is old is standing.  By acting in this way one protects the duration of one’s life.  One should never cast one’s eyes on a naked woman, nor a naked man.  One should never indulge in sexual congress except in privacy.  One should eat also without being seen by others.  Preceptors are the foremost of Tirthas; the heart is the foremost of all sacred objects; knowledge is the foremost of all objects of search; and contentment is the foremost of all happiness.  Morning and evening one should listen to the grave counsels of those that are aged.  One attains to wisdom by constant waiting upon those that are venerable for years.  While reading the Vedas or employed in eating, one should use one’s right hand.  One should always keep one’s speech and mind under thorough control, as also one’s senses.  With well-cooked frumenty, Yavaka, Krisara, and Havi (clarified butter), one should worship the Pitris and the deities in the Sraddha called Ashtaka.  The same should be used in worshipping the Planets.  One should not undergo a shave without calling down a blessing upon oneself.  If one sneezes, one should be blessed by those present.  All that are ill or afflicted with disease, should be blessed.  The extension of their lives should be prayed for.[624] One should never address an eminent person familiarly (by using the word Twam).  Under even the great difficulties one should never do this.  To address such a person as Twam and to slay him are equal, persons of learning are degraded by such a style of address.  Unto those that are inferior, or equal, or unto disciples, such a word can be used.  The heart of the sinful man always proclaims the sins he has committed.  Those men who have deliberately committed sins meet with destruction by seeking to conceal them from the good.  Indeed, they that are confirmed sinners seek to conceal their sinful acts from others.[625] Such persons think that their sins are witnessed by neither men nor the deities.  The sinful man, overwhelmed by his sins, takes birth in a miserable order of being.  The sins of such a man continually grow, even as the interest the usurer charge (on the loans he grants) increase from day to day.  If, having committed a sin, one seeks to have it covered by righteousness, that sin becomes destroyed and leads
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