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This eBook from the Gutenberg Project consists of approximately 1,319 pages of information about The Mahabharata of Krishna-Dwaipayana Vyasa, Volume 4.
forms, is regarded as having an erroneous understanding.  He who indulges in too much grief at separation is, I think, a foolish person.  He who sees evil in separation should abandon union.  By standing aloof, no unions are formed, and sorrow is cast off, for sorrow in the world is born of separation.[55] Only he who understands the distinction between body and self, and not another, becomes freed from the erroneous conviction.  He that knows the other (viz., self) attains to the highest understanding and becomes freed from error.[56] As regards creatures. they appear from an invisible state, and once more disappear into invisibleness.  I do not know him.  He also does not know me.  As regards myself, renunciation is not yet mine.[57] He that is not possessed of puissance enjoys or endures the fruits of all his acts in those too dies in which he does them.  If the act be a mental one, its consequences are enjoyed or endured mentally; if it be done with the body, its consequences are to be enjoyed or endured in the body.’"[58]

SECTION XXXV

“Vaisampayana said, ’King Dhritarashtra had never beheld his own sons.  Obtaining eye-sight through the grace of the Rishi, he beheld, for the first time, O perpetuator of Kuru’s race, those children of his that were very like his own self.  That foremost of men, viz., the Kuru monarch, had learnt all the duties of kings, as also the Vedas and the Upanishadas, and had acquired certitude of understanding (from the same source).  Vidura of great wisdom attained to high success through the power of his penances.  Dhritarashtra also attained to great success in consequence of having met the ascetic Vyasa.’

“Janamejaya said, ’If Vyasa, disposed to grant me a boon, kindly show me my sire in that form which he had, clad as he used to be clad, and as old as he was when he departed from this world, I may then believe all that thou hast told me.  Such a sight will be most agreeable to me.  Indeed, I shall regard myself crowned with success.  I shall have gained a certainty of conclusion.  O, let my wish be crowned with fruition through the grace of that foremost of Rishis.’

“Sauti said,—­’After king Janamejaya had said these words, Vyasa of great energy and intelligence showed his grace and brought Parikshit (from the other world).  King Janamejaya beheld his royal father, possessed of great beauty, brought down from Heaven, in the same form that he had and of the same age as he was (at the time of leaving this world).  The high-souled Samika also, and his son Sringin, were similarly brought there.  All the counsellors and ministers of the king beheld them.  King Janamejaya. performing the final bath in his sacrifice, became highly glad.  He poured the sacred water on his father, even as he caused it to be poured on himself.  Having undergone the final bath, the king addressed the regenerate Astika who had sprung from the race of the Yayavaras and who was the son of Jaratkaru, and said these words,—­’O Astika, this sacrifice of mine is fraught with many wonderful incidents, since this my sire has been seen by me—­he who has dispelled all my sorrows.’

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