The Mahabharata of Krishna-Dwaipayana Vyasa, Volume 4 eBook

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and others.[97] It is not laid down that this should be done, of that this should not be done, in the rules for achieving Emancipation,—­those, that is, in which a knowledge of the soul arises only in him who sees and hears.[98] One should comprehend as many parts, unmanifest and manifest by hundreds and thousands, as one is capable of comprehending here.  Indeed, one should comprehend diverse objects of diverse import, and all objects of direct perception.  Then will come, from practice (of contemplation and self-restraint, etc.), that above which nothing exists.’[99]

“The holy one continued, ’Then the mind of that Brahmana’s wife, upon the destruction of the Kshetrajna, became that which is beyond Kshetrajna, in consequence of the knowledge of Kshetra.’[100]

“Arjuna said, ’Where, indeed, is that Brahmana’s wife, O Krishna, and where is that foremost of Brahmanas, by both of whom was such success attained.  Do thou, tell me about them, O thou of unfading glory.’

“The blessed and holy one said, ’Know that my mind is the Brahmana, and that my understanding is the Brahmana’s wife.  He who has been spoken of as Kshetrajna is I myself, O Dhananjaya!"’


“Arjuna said, ’It behoveth thee to expound Brahma to me,—­that which is the highest object of knowledge.  Through thy favour, my mind is delighted with these subtle disquisitions.’

“Vasudeva said,—­’In this connection is recited the old history of the discourse between a preceptor and his disciple on the subject of Brahman.  Once on a time, O scorcher of foes, an intelligent disciple questioned a certain Brahmana of rigid vows who was his preceptor, as he was seated (at his ease), saying,—­What, indeed, is the highest good?  Desirous of attaining to that which constitutes the highest good, I throw myself at thy feet, O holy one.  O learned Brahmana, I solicit thee, bending my head, to explain to me what I ask.—­Unto that disciple, O son of Pritha, who said so, the preceptor said,—­O regenerate one, I shall explain to thee everything about which thou mayst have any doubts.—­Thus addressed, O foremost one of Kuru’s race, by his preceptor, that disciple who was exceedingly devoted to his preceptor, spoke as follows, with joined hands.  Do thou hear what he said, O thou of great intelligence.’

“The Disciple said, ’Where am I?  Whence art thou?  Explain that which is the highest truth.  From what source have sprung all creatures mobile and immobile?  By what do creatures live?  What is the limit of their life?  What is truth?  What is penance, O learned Brahmana?  What are called attributes by the good?  What paths are to be called auspicious?  What is happiness?  What is sin?  O holy one, O thou of excellent vows, it behoves thee to answer these questions of mine, O learned Rishi, correctly, truly, and accurately.  Who else is there in this world than thee that is capable of answering these questions?  Do thou answer them, O foremost of all persons conversant with duties.  My curiosity is great.  Thou art celebrated in all the worlds as one well skilled in the duties relating to Emancipation.  There is none else than thou that is competent to remove all kinds of doubts.  Afraid of worldly life, we have become desirous of achieving Emancipation.’

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