The Mahabharata of Krishna-Dwaipayana Vyasa, Volume 4 eBook

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and whose sins have been burnt off by penances, merging themselves in their souls, succeed in attaining to Brahman.  Tranquillity is praised by those who are conversant with the forest of knowledge.  Keeping that forest in view, they take birth so as not to lose courage.  Even such is that sacred forest that is understood by Brahmanas, and understanding it, they live (in accordance with the ordinance), directed by the Kshetrajna.’”

SECTION XXVIII

“The Brahmana said, ’I do not smell scents.  I do not perceive tastes.  I do not see colours.  I do not touch.  I do not likewise hear the diverse sounds (that arise).  Nor do I entertain purposes of any kind.  It is Nature that desires such objects as are liked; it is Nature that hates such objects as are disliked.  Desire and aversion spring from Nature, after the manner of the upward and the downward life-winds when souls have entered animate bodies.  Separated from them are others; in them are eternal dispositions; (these as also) the soul of all creatures, Yogins would behold in the body.  Dwelling in that, I am never attached to anything through desire and wrath, and decrepitude and death.  Not having any desire for any object of desire, and not having any aversion for any evil, there is no taint on my natures, as there is no taint of a drop of water on (the leaves of) the lotus.  Of this constant (principle) which looks upon diverse natures, they are inconstant possessions.[77] Though actions are performed, yet the assemblage of enjoyments does not attach itself to them, even as the assemblage of rays of the sun does not attach to the sky.  In this connection is recited an ancient story of a discourse between an Adhwaryu and a Yati.  Do thou hear it, O glorious lady.  Beholding an animal sprinkled with water at a sacrificial ceremony, a Yati said unto the Adhwaryu seated there these words in censure,—­This is destruction of life! unto him the Adhwaryu said in reply,—­This goat will not be destroyed.  The animal (sacrificed) meets with great good, if the Vedic declaration on this subject be true.  That part of this animal which is of earth will go to earth.  That part of this one which is born of water, will enter into water.  His eye will enter the sun; his ear will enter the different points of the horizon; his life-winds will enter the sky.  I who adhere to the scriptures incur no fault (by assisting at the killing of this animal).’

“The Yati said, ’If thou beholdest such good to the goat in this dissociation with (his) life-winds, then this sacrifice is for the goat.  What need hast thou for it?  Let the brother, father, mother, and friend (of this goat) give thee their approval in this.  Taking him (to them) do thou consult them.  This goat is especially dependent.  It behoveth thee to see them who can give their consent in this.  After hearing their consent; the matter will become fit for consideration.  The life-winds

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