The Mahabharata of Krishna-Dwaipayana Vyasa, Volume 4 eBook

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falls for their end.  All associations have dissociations for their end, and life has death for its end.  All action ends in destruction, and all that is born is certain to meet with death.  Every mobile and immobile thing in this world is transient.  Sacrifice, gift, penances, study, vows, observances,—­all these have destruction for their end.  Of Knowledge, there is no end.  Hence, one that is possessed of a tranquil soul, that has subjugated his senses, that is freed from the sense of meum, that is devoid of egoism, is released from all sins by pure knowledge.’”

SECTION XLV

“Brahmana said, ’The wheel of life moves on.  It has the understanding for its strength; the mind for the pole (on which it rests); the group of senses for its bonds, the (five) great elements for its nave, and home for its circumference.[132] It is overwhelmed by decrepitude and grief, and it has diseases and calamities for its progeny.  That wheel relates in time and place.  It has toil and exercise for its noise.  Day and Night are the rotations of that wheel.  It is encircled by heat and cold.  Pleasure and pain fire its joints, and hunger and thirst are the nails fixed into it.  Sun-shine and shade are the ruts (it causes).  It is capable of being agitated during even such a short space of time as is taken up by the opening and the closing of the eyelid.  It is enveloped in the terrible waters of delusion.  It is ever revolving and void of consciousness.  It is measured by months and half-months.  It is not uniform (being ever-changing), and moves through all the worlds.  Penances and vows are its mud.  Passion’s force is its mover.  It is illuminated by the great egoism, and is sustained by the qualities.  Vexations (caused by the non-acquisition of what is desired) are the fastenings that bind it around.  It revolves in the midst of grief and destruction.  It is endued with actions and the instruments of action.  It is large and is extended by attachments.  It is rendered unsteady by cupidity and desire.  It is produced by variegated Ignorance.  It is attended upon by fear and delusion, and is the cause of the delusion of all beings.  It moves towards joy and pleasure, and has desire and wrath for its possession.  It is made up of entities beginning with Mahat and ending with the gross elements.  It is characterised by production and destruction going on ceaselessly.  Its speed is like that of the mind, and it has the mind for its boundary.[133] This wheel of life that is associated with pairs of opposites and devoid of consciousness, the universe with the very immortals should cast away, abridge, and check.  That man who always understands accurately the motion and stoppage of this wheel of life, is never seen to be deluded, among all creatures.  Freed from all impressions, divested of all pairs of opposites, released from all sins, he attains to the highest goal.  The householder, the Brahmacharin, the forest recluse and the mendicant,—­these

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