The Mahabharata of Krishna-Dwaipayana Vyasa, Volume 4 eBook

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The Brahmana said, That which thou askest me, O Krishna, connected with the religion of Moksha (Emancipation), led by thy compassion for all creatures (and not for thy own good),—­that, indeed, which destroys all delusion, O thou that art possessed of supreme puissance[6] I shall now tell thee duly, O slayer of Madhu.  Do thou listen with concentrated attention as I discourse to thee, O Madhava.  A Brahmana of the name of Kasyapa, possessed of penances and the foremost of all persons conversant with duties, came to a certain other Brahmana who had become conversant with all the mysteries of religion.[7] Indeed, the latter had mastered all the knowledge which the scriptures teach respecting the departure and reappearance of beings and possessed that direct knowledge of all things which Yoga gives.  He was well skilled in the truths of all topics relating to the world.  He had mastered the truth about pleasure and pain.  He knew the truth about birth and death, and understood the distinctions between merit and demerit.  He was a beholder of the ends attained to by embodied creatures high and low in consequence of their acts.  He lived like one emancipated from the world.  Crowned with ascetic success and possessed of perfect tranquillity of soul, he had all his senses under complete control.  He seemed to blaze with the resplendence of Brahma and was capable of going everywhere at will.  He knew the science of disappearing at will from before the eyes of all.  He used to rove in the company of invisible Siddhas and celestial musicians.  He used to sit and converse with them on some spot retired from the bustle of humanity.  He was as unattached to all things as the wind.  Kasyapa having heard of him truly, desired to see him.  Possessed of intelligence, that foremost of all Brahmanas, approached the sage.  Himself possessed of penances, Kasyapa, moved by the desire of acquiring merit, fell, with a rapt heart, at the feet of the sage when he had seen all those wonderful attributes.  Filled with wonder at the sight of those extraordinary accomplishments, Kasyapa began to wait upon that foremost of all Brahmanas, with the dutiful reverence of a disciple waiting upon his preceptor and succeeded in propitiating him.  By his devotion, O scorcher of foes, rendering to hint the obedience due from a disciple to a preceptor, Kasyapa gratified that Brahmana who possessed all these accomplishments and was endued, besides, with scriptural learning and excellent conduct.  Gratified with Kasyapa, that Brahmana one day addressed him cheerfully and spoke as follows, with an eye to the highest success.  Listen to those words, O Janarddana, as I repeat them.

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