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Gems from Mahabharatha- Anushasanika Parva

यथा धेनु सहस्रेषु वत्सॊ विन्दति मातरम
एवं पूर्वकृतं कर्म कर्तारं अनुगच्छति 7:7:22

Just as among thousands of cows, a calf would find its own mother, the karma would go only to the doer.

येन परीणाति पितरं तेन परीतः परजापतिः
परीणाति मातरं येन पृथिवी तेन पूजिता
येन परीणात्य उपाध्यायं तेन सयाद बरह्म पूजितम
सर्वे तस्यादृता धर्मा यस्यैते तरय आदृताः
अनादृतास तु यस्यैते सर्वास तस्याफलाः करियाः 7:7:25,26

 

Prajapati is pleased with those acts that please one’s father, and the Earth is pleased with those acts that please one’s mother, and Brahma is adored with those acts that please one’s preceptor. Virtue is honoured by him who honours these three. The acts of those that despise these three do not avail them.’

 

 कायेन तरिविधं कर्म वाचा चापि चतुर्विधम
मनसा तरिविधं चैव दश कर्म पथांस तयजेत
पराणातिपातं सतैन्यं च परदानम अथापि च
तरीणि पापानि कायेन सर्वतः परिवर्जयेत
असत परलापं पारुष्यं पैशुन्यम अनृतं तथा
चत्वारि वाचा राजेन्द्र न जल्पेन नानुचिन्तयेत
अनभिध्या परस्वेषु सर्वसत्त्वेषु सौहृदम
कर्मणां फलम अस्तीति तरिविधं मनसा चरेत
तस्माद वाक्कायमनसा नाचरेद अशुभं नरः
शुभाशुभान्य आचरन हि तस्य तस्याश्नुते फलम

‘One should avoid the three acts that are done with the body, the four that are done with speech, the three that are done with the mind, and the ten paths of action. The three acts that are done with the body and should be wholly avoided are the destruction of the lives of other creatures, theft or appropriation of what belongs to other persons, and the enjoyment of other people’s wives. The four acts that are done with speech, O king, and that should never be indulged in or even thought of, are evil conversation, harsh words, publishing other people’s faults, and falsehood. Coveting the possessions of others, doing injury to others, and disbelief in the ordinances of the Vedas, are the three acts done with the mind which should always be avoided. 1 Hence, one should never do any evil act in word, body, or mind. By doing good and evil acts, one is sure to enjoy or endure the just consequences thereof. Nothing can be more certain than this.'”

 

 



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