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This eBook from the Gutenberg Project consists of approximately 1,319 pages of information about The Mahabharata of Krishna-Dwaipayana Vyasa, Volume 4.
(chief) indication.  Thus have I declared to you the paths leading to the deities.  They are adopted by those that are good and wise by their acts.  Those paths are the causeways of piety.  That person of rigid vows who adopts any one of these modes separately, always succeeds in time to understand the production and destruction of all creatures.  I shall now declare, accurately and with reasons, the elements which reside in parts in all objects.  The great soul, the unmanifest, egoism (consciousness of identity), the ten and one organs (of knowledge and action), the five great elements, the specific characteristics of the five elements,—­these constitute the eternal creation.  The number of elements has been said to be four and twenty, and one (more).  That person of wisdom who understands the production and destruction of all these elements, that man among all creatures, never meets with delusion.  He who understands the elements accurately, all the qualities, all the deities, succeeds in cleansing himself of all sin.  Freed from all bonds, such a man succeeds in enjoying all regions of spotless purity.’"[103]


“Brahma said, ’That which is unmanifest, which is indistinct, all-pervading, everlasting, immutable, should be known to become the city (or mansion) of nine portals, possessed of three qualities, and consisting of five ingredients.  Encompassed by eleven including Mind which distinguishes (objects), and having Understanding for the ruler, this is an aggregate of eleven.[104] The three ducts that are in it support it constantly.  These are the three Nadis.  They run continually, and have the three qualities for their essence:  Darkness, Passion, and Goodness.  These are called the (three) qualities.  These are coupled with one another.  They exist, depending on one another.  They take refuge in one another, and follow one another.  They are also joined with one another.  The five (principal) elements are characterised by (these) three qualities.  Goodness is the match of Darkness.  Of Goodness the match is Passion.  Goodness is also the match of Passion, and of Goodness the match is Darkness.  There where Darkness is restrained, Passion is seen to flow.  There where Passion is restrained, Goodness is seen to flow.  Darkness should be known to have the night (or obscurity) for its essence.  It has three characteristics, and is (otherwise) called Delusion.  It has unrighteousness (or sin) also for its indication, and it is always present in all sinful acts.  This is the nature of Darkness and it appears also as confined with others.  Passion is said to have activity for its essence.  It is the cause of successive acts.  When it prevails, its indication, among all beings, is production.  Splendour, lightness, and faith,—­these are the form, that is light, of Goodness among all creatures, as regarded by all good men.  The true nature of their characteristics will now be declared

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