The Mahabharata of Krishna-Dwaipayana Vyasa, Volume 4 eBook

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who had acquired a tranquil soul.  When diverse kinds of faults were in the ascendant and when the righteous were afflicted, Amvarisha of great fame put forth his strength for assuming sovereignty.[86] Subduing his own faults and worshipping the righteous, he attained to great success and sang these verses.—­I have subdued many faults.  I have killed all foes.  But there is one, the greatest, vice which deserves to be destroyed but which has not been destroyed by me!  Urged by that fault, this Jiva fails to attain to freedom from desire.  Afflicted by desire, one runs into ditches without knowing it.  Urged by that fault, one indulges in acts that are forbidden.  Do thou cut off, cut off, that cupidity with sharp-edged swords.  From cupidity arise desires.  From desire flows anxiety.  The man who yields to desire acquires many qualities that appertain to passion.  When these have been acquired, he gets many qualities that appertain to Darkness.  In consequence of those qualities, he repeatedly takes birth, with the bonds of body united, and is impelled to action.  Upon the expiration of life, with body becoming dismembered and scattered, he once meets with death which is due to birth itself.[87] Hence, duly understanding this, and subduing cupidity by intelligence, one should desire for sovereignty in one’s soul.  This is (true) sovereignty.  There is no other sovereignty here.  The soul, properly understood, is the king.  Even these were the verses sung by king Ambarisha of great celebrity, on the subject of sovereignty which he kept before him,—­that king who had cut off the one foremost fault viz., cupidity.’”


“The Brahmana said, ’In this connection is cited the old narrative, O lady, of the discourse between a Brahmana and (king) Janaka.  King Janaka (on a certain occasion), desirous of punishing him, said unto a Brahmana who had become guilty of some offence, ’Thou shalt not dwell within my dominions.’  Thus addressed, the Brahmana replied unto that best of kings, saying, ’Tell me, O king, what the limits are of the territories subject to thee.  I desire, O lord, to dwell within the dominions of another king.  Verily, I wish to obey thy behest, O lord of Earth, agreeably to the scriptures.—­Thus addressed by that celebrated Brahmana, the king, hearing repeated and hot sighs, said not a word in reply.  Like the planet Rahu overwhelming the Sun, a cloudedness of understanding suddenly overwhelmed that king of immeasurable energy as he sat plunged in thought.  When that cloudedness of understanding passed away and the king became comforted, he spoke after a short while these words unto that Brahmana.’

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