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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.

“The Brahmana said, ’Not knowing the qualities (of any object) is ignorance (of that object); while knowledge of the qualities is (called) knowledge (of the object which possesses those qualities).  These seven never succeed in apprehending or knowing the qualities of one another.  The tongue, the eye, the ear too, the skin, the mind, and the understanding, do not succeed in apprehending smells.  It is the nose alone that apprehends them.  The nose, the tongue, the ear also, the skin, the mind, and the understanding, never succeed in apprehending colours.  It is the eye alone that apprehends them.  The nose, the tongue, the eye too, the ear, the understanding, and the mind, never succeed in apprehending sensations of touch It is the skin alone that apprehends them.  The nose, the tongue, the eye, the skin, the mind, and the understanding, never succeed in apprehending sounds.  It is the ear alone that apprehends them.  The nose, the tongue, the eye, the skin, the ear, and the understanding never succeed in apprehending doubt.  It is the mind that apprehends it.  The nose, the tongue, the eye, the skin, the ear, and the mind, never succeed in apprehending determination (certainty in respect of knowledge).  It is the understanding alone that apprehends it.  In this connection, is cited, O beautiful lady, this ancient narrative of a discourse between the senses and the mind.’

“The mind said, ’The nose does not smell without me. (Without me) the tongue does not apprehend taste.  The eye does not seize colour, the skin does not feel touch, the ear does not apprehend sound, when deprived of me.  I am the eternal and foremost one among all the elements.  It always happens that destitute of myself, the senses never shine, like habitations empty of inmates or fires whose flames have been quenched.  Without me, all creatures fail to apprehend qualities and objects, with even the senses exerting themselves, even as fuel that is wet and dry (failing to ignite a fire).’

“Hearing these words, the Senses said, ’Even this would be true as thou thinkest in this matter, if, indeed, thou couldst enjoy pleasures without either ourselves or our objects.[63] What thou thinkest, would be true, if, when we are extinct, there be gratification and support of life, and a continuation of thy enjoyments, or, if, when we are absorbed and objects are existing, thou canst have thy enjoyments by thy desire alone, as truly as thou hast them with our aid.  If, again, thou deemest thy power over our objects to be always complete, do thou then seize colour by the nose, and taste by the eye.  Do thou also take smell by the ear, and sensations of touch by the tongue.  Do thou also take sounds by the skin, and likewise touch by the understanding.  They that are powerful do not own the dominion of any rules.  Rules exist for those only that are weak.  Do thou seize enjoyments unenjoyed before; it behoves thee not to enjoy what has been tasted before (by others).  As a disciple

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