The Mahabharata of Krishna-Dwaipayana Vyasa, Volume 4 eBook

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“The Brahmana said, ’There exists nothing that is separate from it.  There is nothing more delightful than it.  There is nothing that is unseparated from it.  There is nothing more afflicting than it.  There is nothing smaller than that.  There is nothing vaster than that.  There is nothing minuter than that.  There is no happiness that can resemble it.  Regenerate persons, entering into it, at once transcend both joy and sorrow.  They (then) never stand in fear of any creature, nor does any creature stand in fear of them.  In that forest are seven large trees, seven fruits, and seven guests.  There are seven hermitages, seven (forms of) Yoga concentration, and seven (forms) of initiation.  Even this a description of that forest.[76] The trees which stand filling that forest, produce excellent flowers and fruits of five colours.  The trees which stand there filling that forest, produce flowers and fruits that are of excellent colours and that are, besides, of two kinds.  The trees which stand there filling that forest, produce flowers and fruits that are endued with fragrance and that are, besides, of two colours.  The trees which stand there filling that forest, produce flowers and fruits that are possessed of fragrance and that are, besides, of one colour.  The two trees which stand filling that forest, produce many flowers and fruits that are of unmanifest colours.  There is one fire here, possessed of a good mind.  That is connected with Brahmana.  The five senses are the fuel here.  The seven forms of Emancipation flowing from them are the seven forms of Initiation.  The qualities are the fruits, and the guests eat those fruits.  There, in diverse places, the great Rishis accept hospitality.  When they, having been worshipped, become annihilated, then another forest shines forth.  In that forest, Intelligence is the tree; Emancipation is the fruit; Tranquillity is the shade of which it is possessed.  It has knowledge for its resting house, contentment for its water, and the Kshetrajna for its sun.  Its end cannot be ascertained upwards, downwards, or horizontally.  Seven females always dwell there, with faces downwards, possessed of effulgence, and endued with the cause of generations.  They take up all the different tastes from all creatures, even as inconstancy sucks up truth.  In that itself dwell, and from that emerge, the seven Rishis who are crowned with ascetic success, with those seven having Vasishtha for their foremost.  Glory, effulgence, greatness, enlightenment, victory, perfection, and energy, these seven always follow this same like rays following the sun.  Hills and mountains also exist there, collected together; and rivers and streams bearing waters in their course, waters that are born of Brahma.  And there happens a confluence also of streams in the secluded spot for sacrifice.  Thence those that are contented with their own souls proceed to the Grandsire.  Those whose wishes have been reduced, whose wishes have been directed to excellent vows,

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