The Mahabharata of Krishna-Dwaipayana Vyasa, Volume 4 eBook

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Possessed of qualities, these enjoy their own qualities, agreeable or disagreeable.[68] As regards the Soul, that is destitute of qualities.  These seven are the causes of Emancipation.  With them that are learned and possessed of sufficient understanding, the qualities, which are in the position of deities, eat the oblations, each in its proper place, and agreeably to what has been ordained.  The person who is destitute of learning, eating diverse kind of food, becomes seized with the sense of mineness.[69] Digesting food for himself, he becomes ruined through the sense of mineness.  The eating of food that should not be eaten, and the drinking of wine, ruin him.  He destroys the food (he takes), and having destroyed that food, he becomes destroyed himself.  The man of learning, however, being possessed of puissance, destroys his food for reproducing it.  The minutest transgression does not arise in him from the food he takes.  Whatever is thought of by the mind, whatever is uttered by speech, whatever is heard by the ear, whatever is seen by the eye, whatever is touched by the (sense of) touch, whatever is smelt by the nose, constitute oblations of clarified butter which should all, after restraining the senses with the mind numbering the sixth, be poured into that fire of high merits which burns within the body, viz., the Soul.[70] The sacrifice constituted by Yoga is going on as regards myself.  The spring whence that sacrifice proceeds is that which yields the fire of knowledge.  The upward life-wind Prana is the Stotra of that sacrifice.  The downward life-wind Apana is its Sastra.  The renunciation of everything is the excellent Dakshina of that sacrifice.  Consciousness, Mind, and Understanding—­these becoming Brahma, are its Hotri, Adhwaryyu, and Udgatri.  The Prasastri, his Sastra, is truth.[71] Cessation of separate existence (or Emancipation) is the Dakshina.  In this connection, people conversant with Narayana recite some Richs.  Unto the divine Narayana were animals offered in days of yore.[72] Then are sung some Samanas.  On that topic occurs an authority.  O timid one, know that the divine Narayana is the soul of all.’”


“The Brahmana said, ’There is one Ruler.  There is no second beside him.  He that is Ruler resides in the heart.  I shall speak now of him.  Impelled by Him, I move as directed, like water along an inclined plane.  There is one Preceptor.  There is no second beside him.  He resides in the heart, and of him I shall now speak.  Be instructed by that preceptor; they who are always endued with feelings of animosity are like snakes.  There is one kinsman.  There is no second beside him.  He resides in the heart of him I shall now speak.  Instructed by him, kinsmen become possessed of kinsmen, and the seven Rishis, O son of Pritha, shine in the firmament.  There is one dispeller.  There is no second beside him.  He resides in the heart. 

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