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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.
used to do before with sweet smiles?  Then that Brahmana, who was within the hut, thus replied to Sudarsana,—­Do thou learn, O son of Pavaka, that a Brahmana guest has arrived, and though tempted by this thy wife with diverse other offers of welcome, I have, O best of Brahmanas, desired only her person, and this fair-faced lady is engaged in welcoming me with due rites.  Thou art at liberty to do whatever thou thinkest to be suitable to this occasion.  Mrityu, armed with the iron club, pursued the Rishi at that moment, desirous of compassing the destruction of one that would, he thought, deviate from his promise.  Sudarsana was struck with wonder, but casting off all jealousy and anger by look, word, deed, or thought, said,—­Do thou enjoy thyself, O Brahmana.  It is a great pleasure to me.  A householder obtain the highest merit by honouring a guest.  It is said by the learned that, as regards the householder, there is no higher merit than what results unto him from a guest departing from his house after having been duly honoured by him.  My life, my wife, and whatever other worldly possessions I have, are all dedicated to the use of my guests.  Even this is the vow that I have taken.  As I have truly made this statement, by that truth, O Brahmana, I shall attain to the knowledge of Self.  O foremost of virtuous men, the five elements, viz., fire, air, earth, water, and sky, and the mind, the intellect and the Soul, and time and space and the ten organs of sense, are all present in the bodies of men, and always witness the good and evil deeds that men do.  This truth has today been uttered by me, and let the gods bless me for it or destroy me if I have spoken falsely.  At this, O Bharata, there arose in all directions, in repeated echoes, a voice, crying,—­This is true, this is not false.  Then that Brahmana came out of the hovel, and like the wind rising and encompassing both Earth and sky, and making the three worlds echo with Vedic sounds, and calling that virtuous man by name, and congratulating him said,—­O sinless one, I am Dharma; All glory to thee.  I came here, O truth-loving one, to try thee, and I am well pleased with thee by knowing thee to be virtuous.  Thou hast subdued and conquered Mrityu who always has pursued thee, seeking thy laches?  O best of men, no one in the three worlds has the ability to insult, even with looks, this chaste lady devoted to her husband, far less to touch her person.  She has been protected from defilement by thy virtue and by her own chastity.  There can be nothing contrary to what this proud lady will say.  This utterer of Brahma, endued with austere penances, shall, for the salvation of the world, be metamorphosed into a mighty river.  And thou shalt attain to all the worlds in this thy body, and as truly as the science of Yoga is within her control, this highly blessed lady will follow thee with only half of her corporeal self, and with the other half will she be celebrated as the river Oghavati!  And thou shalt attain with
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