The Mahabharata of Krishna-Dwaipayana Vyasa, Volume 4 eBook

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it is full of passion; that it is unfit to be seen (owing to its unholy character); that it is made up of three qualities; that it has three constituent elements, (viz., wind, bile and phelgm); that it is delighted with attachments of every kind, that it is full of delusions.[120] It is difficult of being moved in this mortal world, and it rests on the understanding as its support.  That body is, in this world, the wheel of Time that is continually revolving.[121] That (body), indeed, is a terrible and unfathomable ocean and is called delusion.  It is this body which stretches forth, contracts, and awakens the (whole) universe with the (very) immortals.[122] By restraining the senses, one casts off lust, wrath, fear, cupidity, enmity, and falsehood, which are eternal and, therefore, exceedingly difficult to cast off.[123] He who has subjugated these in this world, viz., the three qualities and the five constituent elements of the body, has the Highest for his seat in Heaven.  By him is Infinity attained.  Crossing the river, that has the five senses for its steep banks, the mental inclinations for its mighty waters, and delusion for its lake, one should subjugate both lust and wrath.  Such a man freed from all faults, then beholds the Highest, concentrating the mind within the mind and seeing self in self.  Understanding all things, he sees his self, with self, in all creatures, sometimes as one and sometimes as diverse, changing form from time to time.[124] Without doubt he can perceive numerous bodies like a hundred lights from one light.  Verily he is Vishnu, and Mitra, and Varuna, and Agni, and Prajapati.  He is the Creator and the ordainer:  he is the Lord possessed of puissance, with faces turned in all directions.  In him, the heart of all creatures, the great soul, becomes resplendent.  Him all conclaves of learned Brahmanas, deities and Asuras, and Yakshas, and Pisachas, the Pitris, and birds, and bands of Rakshasas, and bands of ghostly beings, and all the great Rishis, praise.’”

SECTION XLIII

“Brahmana said, ’Among men, the royal Kshatriya is (endued with) the middle quality.  Among vehicles, the elephant (is so); and among denizens of the forest the lion; among all (sacrificial) animals, the sheep; among all those that live in holes, is the snake; among cattle, the bovine bull; among females, the mule.[125] There is no doubt in this that in this world, the Nyagrodha, the Jamvu, the Pippala, the Salmali, and Sinsapa, the Meshasringa, and the Kichaka, are the foremost ones among trees.[126] Himavat, Patipatra, Sahya, Vindhya, Trikutavat, Sweta, Nila, Bhasa, Koshthavat, Guruskandha, Mahendra and Malayavat,—­these are the foremost of mountains.  Likewise the Maruts are the foremost of the Ganas.  Surya is the lord of all the planets, and Chandramas of all the constellations.  Yama is the lord of the Pitris; Ocean is the lord of all rivers.  Varuna is the king of the waters. 

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