Possessed of qualities, these enjoy their own qualities,
agreeable or disagreeable. 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. 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. 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. 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. 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.