The Mahabharata of Krishna-Dwaipayana Vyasa, Volume 4 eBook

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incapable of being adored by any one if he does not grant his permission to the adorer.  As regards myself, it is only when I become fortunate enough to receive his permission that I succeed in adoring him.  I shall indicate only a few names of that great Deity who is without birth and without destruction, who is the original cause of the universe, who is endued with the highest Soul, and whose origin is unmanifest.  Hear, O Krishna, a few names, that were uttered by Brahma himself, of that giver of boons, that adorable deity, that puissant one who has the universe for his form, and who is possessed of supreme wisdom.  These names that I shall recite are extracted from the ten thousand names that the great Grandsire had uttered in days of yore, as ghee is extracted from curds.  As gold represents the essence of rocky mountains, as honey represents the essence of flowers, as Manda represents the extract from ghee, even so have these names been extracted from and represent the essence of those ten thousand names that were uttered by Grandsire Brahma.  This abstract of names is capable of cleansing every sin, however heinous.  It possesses the same merit that is attached to the four Vedas.  It should be comprehended with attention by spiritual aspirants and engraved on the memory.  These names fraught with auspiciousness, leading to advancement, destructive of Rakshasas,[88] and great cleansers should be imparted to only him that is devoted to the great Lord, to him that has faith, to him that believes.  Unto him that has no faith, him that is an unbeliever, him that has not subjugated his soul, it should never be communicated.  That creature, O Krishna, who cherishes malice towards the illustrious Mahadeva who is the original cause of everything, who is the Supreme Soul, and who is the great Lord, has certainly to go to hell with all his ancestors before and all his children after him.  This abstract of names that I shall recite to thee is looked upon as Yoga.[89] This is looked upon as the highest object of meditation.  This is that which one should constantly recite as Japya.  This is equivalent to Knowledge.  This is the highest Mystery.  If one, even during his last moments, recites it or hears it recited unto him, one succeeds in attaining to the highest end.  This is holy.  This is auspicious, this is fraught with every kind of benefit.  This is the best of all things.  Brahma, the Grandsire of all the universe, having in days of old composed it, assigned to it the foremost place among all excellent hymns.  From that time, this hymn to the greatness and glory of the high-souled Mahadeva, which is held in the highest esteem by all the deities, has come to be regarded as the king of all hymns.  This king of all hymns was first conveyed from the region of Brahman to heaven, the region of the celestials.  Tandi then obtained it from heaven.  Hence is it known as the hymn composed by Tandi.  From heaven Tandi brought it down on Earth.  It is the most
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