Words of Bhisma, Vidhur & Yudhister

  • By Shyam Sunder
  • December 2002
Sanatsujat’s Teaching

239. There are six kinds of renunciation all commendable; Not to be joyful on advent of prosperity is the first.

240. Spending money on Yajnas, ponds, wells, parks and the like, this is the second.

241. Abandonment of desires, or withdrawal from the world, this is the third.

242. No grief or regret on failure, in spite of having virtues and wealth, nor pain at disagreeable happening, this is the fourth.

243. Not to ask for any cherished object, wife, son or the like, this is the fifth.

244. Giving to someone who asks and also deserves, this is the sixth.

245. Who practices mere non-speaking is not a muni, nor he who lives in the woods.

Who knows his self-nature, he is called a great muni.

246. One who is near a reservoir full of water, need not go anywhere else for water, so also one who knows the Self need not go to the Vedas for anything.

247. The Purusha, the Being, dwelling in the hearts of all, of the measure of a mere thumb, is not visible to all.

248. Unborn, He moves awake day and night. Who knows Him becomes learned and full of joy.

249. Subtler than the subtle is He.

250. He who has only read the Vedas does not know That knowable through the Vedas he who has his seat in the Truth, knows That knowable through the Vedas.

251. In search of the Soul, one need not go East. West, North or South…

252. As white, red, black, brown or bright, the Brahman may appear to men, but neither the earth, nor the skies, not the waters of seas constitute His Form.

253. Neither in the stars, nor in lightning, nor in the clouds His Form is to be caught.

254. His Form is subtle as the razor’s edge, and grosser than the mountains.

255. Righteousness, truth, tapa, sense-control, non-envy, modesty, endurance, goodwill, giving knowledge of scriptures, patience and forgiveness- these are the twelve great laws for a Brahmin.

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