The Mahabharata of Krishna-Dwaipayana Vyasa, Volume 4 eBook

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He should not, having enjoyed anything become so attached to it as to desire to have it once more.  One should take only earth and water and pebbles and leaves and flowers and fruits, that are not owned by any body, as they come, when one desires to do any act.  One should not live by the occupation of an artisan, nor should one covet gold.  One should not hate, nor teach (one that does not seek to be taught); nor should one have any belongings.  One should eat only what is consecrated by faith.  One should abstain from controversies.  One should follow that course of conduct which has been said to be nectarine.  One should never be attached to anything, and should never enter into relations of intimacy with any creature.  One should not perform, nor cause to perform, any such action as involves expectation of fruit or destruction of life or the hoarding of wealth or articles.  Rejecting all objects, content with a very little, one should wander about (homeless) pursuing an equal behaviour towards all creatures mobile and immobile.  One should never annoy another being; not should one be annoyed with another.  He who is trusted by all creatures is regarded as the foremost of those persons that understand Emancipation.  One should not think of the past, nor feel anxious about the future.  One should disregard the present, biding time, with concentrated mind.[141] One should never defile anything by eye, mind, or speech.  Nor should one do anything that is wrong, openly or in secret.  Withdrawing one’s senses like the tortoise withdrawing its limbs, one should attenuate one’s senses and mind, cultivate a thoroughly peaceful understanding, and seek to master every topic.  Freed from all pairs of opposites, never bending one’s head in reverence, abstaining from the rites requiring the utterance of Swaha, one should be free from mineness, and egoism.  With cleansed soul, one should never seek to acquire what one has not and protect what one has.  Free from expectations, divested of qualities, wedded to tranquillity, one should be free from all attachments and should depend on none.  Attached to one’s own self and comprehending all topics, one becomes emancipated without doubt.  Those who perceive the self, which is without hands and feet and back, which is without head and without stomach, which is free from the operation of all qualities, which is absolute, untainted, and stable, which is without smell, without taste, and touch, without colour, and without sound, which is to be comprehended (by close study), which is unattached, which is without flesh, which is free from anxiety, unfading, and divine, and, lastly, which though dwelling in a house resides in all creatures, succeed in escaping death.  There the understanding reaches not, nor the senses, nor the deities, nor the Vedas, nor sacrifices, nor the regions (of superior bliss), nor penance, nor vows.  The attainment to it by those who are possessed of knowledge is said to be without comprehension of symbols. 
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