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the Mahabharata

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religious icon Dec 30, 2003 02:58 Read 67 times, Dig?
    Heat, cold, pain, pleasure-
    these spring from sensual contact, Arjuna.
    They begin and they end.
    They exist for the time being,
    you must learn to put up with them.
    The man whom these cannot distract,
    the man who is steady in pain and pleasure,
    is the man who achieves serenity.

    The untrue never is,
    the True never isn't.

    The knowers of Truth know this.
    And the Self that pervades all things is imperishable.
    Nothing corrupts this imperishable self.

    Lucky are soldiers who strive in a just war;
    for them it is an easy entrance into heaven.

    Equate pain and pleasure, profit and loss,
    victory and defeat.
    And fight.
    There is no blame this way.
 
    There is no waste of half-done work in this,
    no inconsistent results.
    An iota of this removes a world of fear.
    In this there is only single-minded consistency;
    while the efforts of confused people
    are many-branching and full of contradiction.

    Your duty is to work, not to reap the fruits of work....

    Wanting things breeds attachment,
    from attachment springs covetousness,
    and covetousness breeds anger.
    Anger leads to confusion
    and confusion kills the power of memory.
    With the destruction of memory, choice is rendered impossible
    and when moral choice fails, man is doomed.

    The mind is the ape of the wayward senses;
    they destroy discrimination as a storm scatters boats on a lake.

-the Mahabharata, from (East) Indian folklore
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