The Mahabharata of Krishna-Dwaipayana Vyasa, Volume 4 eBook

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of meum.  This has been already explained by the illustration of the car and the pedestrian.  One who has been overwhelmed by delusion in consequence of attachment, adheres to it like a fisherman to his boat.  Overcome by the idea of meum, one wanders within its narrow range.  After embarking on a boat it is not possible in moving about on land.  Similarly, it is not possible in moving about on water after one has mounted on a car.  There are thus various actions with regard to various objects.  And as action is performed in this world, so does it result to those that perform them.  That which is void of smell, void of taste, and void of touch and sound, that which is meditated upon by the sages with the aid of their understanding, is said to be Pradhana.  Now, Pradhana is unmanifest.  A development of the unmanifest is Mahat.  A development of Pradhana when it has become Mahat is Egoism.  From egoism is produced the development called the great elements.  And of the great elements respectively, the objects of sense are said to be the developments.  The unmanifest is of the nature of seed.  It is productive in its essence.  It has been heard by us that the great soul has the virtues of a seed, and that is a product.  Egoism is of the nature of seed and is a product again and again.  And the five great elements are of the nature of seed and products.  The objects of the five great elements are endued with the nature of seed, and yield products.  These have Chitta for their property.  Among them, space has one quality; wind is said to have two.  Light, it is said, is endued with three qualities; and water as possessed of four qualities.  Earth, teeming with mobiles and immobiles, should be known as possessed of five qualities.  She is a goddess that is the source of all entities and abounds with examples of the agreeable and the disagreeable.  Sound, likewise touch, colour, taste, and smell numbering the fifth,—­these are the five qualities of earth, ye foremost of regenerate persons.  Smell always belongs to earth, and smell is said to be of various kinds.  I shall state at length the numerous qualities of smell.  Smell is agreeable or disagreeable, sweet, sour, pungent, diffusive and compact, oily and dry, and clear.  Thus smell, which belongs to the earth, should be known as of ten kinds.[154] Sound, touch, likewise colour, and taste have been said to be the qualities of water.  I shall now speak of the qualities of Taste.  Taste has been said to be of various kinds.  Sweet, sour, pungent, bitter, astringent, and saline likewise.  Taste, which has been said to appertain to water, is thus of six varieties.  Sound, touch, and likewise colour,—­these are the three qualities which light is said to be possessed of.  Colour is the quality of light, and colour is said to be of various kinds.  White, dark, likewise red, blue, yellow, and grey also, and short, long, minute, gross, square and circular, of these twelve varieties in colour which belongs to light.  These should be understood by Brahmanas
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