The Mahabharata of Krishna-Dwaipayana Vyasa, Volume 4 eBook

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thee truly as I have heard it, the story of the war of Indra with Vritra as it took place.  In ancient times the Prithivi (earth), O king, was encompassed by Vritra, and by this abstraction of earthly matter, the seat of all odour, there arose bad odours on all sides, and the Performer of a hundred sacrifices (Indra), being much enraged by this act, hurled his thunderbolt at Vritra.  And being deeply wounded by the thunderbolt of mighty Indra, Vritra entered into the (waters), and by doing so he destroyed their property.  The waters being seized by Vritra, their liquid property left them.  At this Indra became highly enraged and again smote him with his thunderbolt.  And he (Vritra) smitten by the thunderbolt by the most powerful Indra betook himself to the Jyoti (luminous matter) and abstracted its inherent property.  The luminous matter being overwhelmed by Vritra and its property, colour and form being thereby lost, the wrathful Indra again hurled his thunderbolt at him.  And thus wounded again by Indra of immeasurable power, Vritra entered all on a sudden into the Vayu (gaseous matter). and thereafter made away with its inherent property.  And this matter being overpowered by Vritra and its property, viz., touch being lost, Indra became again filled with wrath and flung his thunderbolt at him.  And wounded therein by the mighty (Indra), he overwhelmed the Akasa (ether), and took away its inherent property, and the Akasa being overwhelmed by Vritra, and its property, sound being destroyed, the god of a hundred sacrifices highly incensed, again smote him with his thunderbolt.  And thus smitten by the mighty Indra, he suddenly entered into his (Sakra’s) body, and took away its essential attributes.  And overtaken by Vritra, he was filled with great illusion.  And, O venerable sir, the mightiest of Bharata’s race, we have heard that Vasistha comforted Indra (when he was thus afflicted) and that the god of a hundred sacrifices slew Vritra in his body by means of his invisible thunderbolt, and know, O prince, that this religious mystery was recited by Sakra to the great sages, and they in turn told it to me.”


“Vasudeva said, “There are two kinds of ailments, physical and mental.  They are produced by the mutual action of the body and mind on each other, and they never arise without the interaction of the two.  The ailment that is produced in the body, is called the physical ailment, and that which has its seat in the mind, is known as the mental ailment.  The cold, the warm (phlegm and bile) as well as the windy humours, O king, are the essential transformations generated in the physical body, and when these humours are evenly distributed, and are present in due proportions, they are said to be symptomatic of good health.  The warm humour is acted upon (allayed) by the cold, and the cold by the warm.  And Sattwa, Rajas and Tamas are the attributes of the soul, and it is said

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