The Mahabharata of Krishna-Dwaipayana Vyasa, Volume 4 eBook

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Hence, the man who knows the properties of that which is destitute of symbols, should practise the truths of piety.[142] The learned man, betaking himself to a life of domesticity, should adopt that conduct which is conformable to true knowledge.  Though undeluded, he should practise piety after the manner of one that is deluded, without finding fault with it.  Without finding fault with the practices of the good, he should himself adopt such a conduct for practising piety as may induce others to always disrespect him.  That man who is endued with such a conduct is said to be the foremost of ascetics.  The senses, the objects of the senses, the (five) great elements, mind, understanding, egoism, the unmanifest, Purusha also, after comprehending these duly with the aid of correct inferences, one attains to Heaven, released from all bonds.  One conversant with the truth, understanding these at the time of the termination of his life, should meditate, exclusively resting on one point.  Then, depending on none, one attains to Emancipation.  Freed from all attachments, like the wind in space, with his accumulations exhausted, without distress of any kind, he attains to his highest goal.’”

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“Brahmana said.  ’The ancients who were utterers of certain truth, say that Renunciation is penance.  Brahmanas, dwelling in that which has Brahman for its origin, understand Knowledge to be high Brahman.[143] Brahman is very far off, and its attainments depends upon a knowledge of the Vedas.  It is free from all pairs of opposites, it is divested of all qualities; it is eternal; it is endued with unthinkable qualities:  it is supreme.  It is by knowledge and penance that those endued with wisdom behold that which is the highest.  Verily, they that are of untainted minds, that are cleansed of every sin, and that have transcended all passion and darkness (succeed in beholding it).  They who are always devoted to renunciation, and who are conversant with the Vedas, succeed in attaining to the supreme Lord who is identical with the path of happiness and peace, by the aid of penance.  Penance, it has been said, is light.  Conduct leads to piety.  Knowledge is said to be the highest.  Renunciation is the best penance.  He who understands self through accurate determination of all topics, which is unperturbed, which is identical with Knowledge, and which resides in all entities, succeeds in going everywhere.  The learned man who beholds association, and dissociation, and unity in diversity, is released from misery.  He who never desires for anything, who despises nothing, becomes eligible, even when dwelling in this world, for assimilation with Brahman.  He who is conversant with the truths about qualities of Pradhana, and understands the Pradhana as existing in all entities who is free from mineness and egoism, without doubt becomes emancipated.  He who is freed from all pairs of opposites, who does

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