The Mahabharata of Krishna-Dwaipayana Vyasa, Volume 4 eBook

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“The Brahmana said, ’Know that I have two minds, immovable and movable.  That which is immovable is, verily, with me; the movable is in your dominion.[59] That mind is verily called movable which, in the form of Mantra, letter, or voice, is referable to your dominion.  Hence, thou art superior (to the other mind which concerns itself with only the external world).  But since, coming of thy own accord, O beautiful one, thou enterest into the engagement (about the fruition of all wishes), therefore, filling myself with breath, I utter thee.[60] The goddess Word used always to dwell between Prana and Apana.  But, O blessed one, sinking into Apana, though urged upwards, in consequence of becoming dissociated from Prana, she ran to Prajapati and said,—­Be gratified with me, O holy one.—­The Prana appeared, once more fostering Word.  Hence, Word, encountering deep exhalation, never utters anything.  Word always flows as endued with utterance or unendued with it.[61] Amongst those two, Word without utterance is superior to Word with utterance.  Like a cow endued with excellent milk, she (Word without utterance) yields diverse kinds of meaning.  This one always yields the Eternal (viz., Emancipation), speaking of Brahman.  O thou of beautiful smiles, Word is a cow, in consequence of her puissance which is both divine and not divine.  Behold the distinction of these two subtle forms of Word that flow.’"[62]

“The Brahmana’s wife said, ’What did the goddess of Word then say, in days of old, when, though impelled by the Wish to speak, Speech could not come out?’”

“The Brahmana said, ’The Word that is generated in the body by Prana, then attains to Apana from Prana.  Then transformed into Udana and issuing out of the body, envelops all the quarters, with Vyana.  After that, she dwells in Samana.  Even in this way did Word formerly speak.  Hence Mind, in consequence of being immovable, is distinguished, and the goddess Word, in consequence of being movable, is also distinguished."’


“The Brahmana said, ’In this connection is cited the ancient story, O blessed one, of what the institution is of the seven sacrificing priests.  The nose, the eye, the tongue, the skin, and the ear numbering the fifth, the mind, and the understanding,—­these are the seven sacrificing priests standing distinctly from one another.  Dwelling in subtle space, they do not perceive one another.  Do thou, O beautiful one, know these sacrificing priests that are seven by their nature.’”

“The Brahmana’s wife said, ’How is it that dwelling in subtle space, these do not perceive one another?  What are their (respective) natures, O holy one?  Do thou tell me this, O lord.’”

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