The Mahabharata of Krishna-Dwaipayana Vyasa, Volume 4 eBook

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delusion, compassion to all creatures, absence of the disposition to calumniate, exultation, satisfaction, rapture, humility, good behaviour, purity in all acts having for their object the attainment of tranquillity, righteous understanding, emancipation (from attachments), indifference, Brahmacharyya, complete renunciation, freedom from the idea of meum, freedom from expectations, unbroken observance of righteousness, belief that gifts are vain, sacrifices are vain, study is vain, vows are vain, acceptance of gifts is vain, observance of duties is vain, and penances are vain—­those Brahmanas in this world, whose conduct is marked by these virtues, who adhere to righteousness, who abide in the Vedas, are said to be wise and possessed of correctness of vision.  Casting off all sins and freed from grief, those men possessed of wisdom attain to Heaven and create diverse bodies (for themselves).  Attaining the power of governing everything, self-restraint, minuteness, these high-souled ones make by operations of their own mind, like the gods themselves dwelling in Heaven.  Such men are said to have their courses directed upwards.  They are veritable gods capable of modifying all things.  Attaining to Heaven, they modify all things by their very nature.  They get whatever objects they desire and enjoy them.[109] Thus have I, ye foremost of regenerate ones, described to you what that conduct is which appertains to the quality of goodness.  Understanding these duly, one acquires whatever objects one desires.  The qualities that appertain to goodness have been declared particularly.  The conduct which those qualities constitute has also been properly set forth.  That man who always understands these qualities, succeeds in enjoying the qualities without being attached to them.’”


“Brahmana said, ’The qualities are incapable of being declared as completely separate from one another.  Passion and Goodness and Darkness are seen existing in a state of union.  They are attached to one another.  They depend on one another.  They have one another for their refuge.  They likewise follow one another.  As long as goodness exists, so long does Passion exist.  There is no doubt in this.  As long as Darkness and Goodness exist, so long does Passion exist.  They make their journey together, in union, and moving collectively.  They, verily, move in body, when they act with cause or without cause.  Of all these which act with one another, however, much they may differ in their development, the manner in which their increase and diminution take place will now be declared.  There where Darkness exists in an increased measure, in the lower creatures (for example), Passion exists in a smaller measure and Goodness in a measure that is still less.  There where Passion exists in a copious measure, in creatures of middle course, Darkness exists in a smaller measure and Goodness in a measure that

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