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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.
among men, women, animals, inanimate things, houses, grief, incredulousness, vows and regulations, actions with expectation (of good result), diverse acts of public charity, the rites in respect of Swaha salutations, rites of Swadha and Vashat, officiating at the sacrifices of others, imparting of instruction, performance of sacrifices, study, making of gifts, acceptance of gifts, rites of expiation, auspicious acts, the wish to have this and that, affection generated by the merits of the object for which or whom it is felt, treachery, deception, disrespect and respect, theft, killing, desire of concealment, vexation, wakefulness, ostentation, haughtiness, attachment, devotion, contentment, exultation, gambling, indulgence in scandal, all relations arising out of women, attachment to dancing, instrumental music and songs—­all these qualities, ye learned Brahmanas, have been said to belong to Passion.  Those men on Earth who meditate on the past, present, and the future, who are devoted to the aggregate of three, viz., Religion, Wealth, and Pleasure, who acting from impulse of desire, exult on attaining to affluence in respect of every desire, are said to be enveloped by Passion.  These men have downward courses.  Repeatedly reborn in this world, they give themselves up to pleasure.  They covet what belongs to this world as also all those fruit, that belong to the world hereafter.  They make gifts, accept gifts, offer oblations to the Pitris, and pour libations on the sacrificial fire.  The qualities of Passion have (thus) been declared to you in their variety.  The course of conduct also to which it leads has been properly described to you.  The man who always understands these qualities, succeeds in always freeing himself from all of them which appertain to Passion.’”

SECTION XXXVIII

“Brahmana said, ’I shall, after this discourse to you on that excellent quality which is the third (in the order of our enumeration).  It is beneficial to all creatures in the world, and unblamable, and constitutes the conduct of those that are good.  Joy, satisfaction, nobility, enlightenment, and happiness, absence of stinginess (or liberality), absence of fear, contentment, disposition for faith, forgiveness, courage, abstention from injuring any creature, equability, truth, straightforwardness, absence of wrath, absence of malice, purity, cleverness, prowess, (these appertain to the quality of Goodness).  He who is devoted to the duty of Yoga, regarding knowledge to be vain, conduct to be vain, service to be vain, and mode of life to be vain, attains to what is highest in the world hereafter.  Freedom from the idea of meum, freedom from egoism, freedom from expectations, looking on all with an equal eye, and freedom from desire,—­these constitute the eternal religion of the good.  Confidence, modesty, forgiveness, renunciation, purity, absence of laziness, absence of cruelty, absence of

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