Chapter 63 — Conclusion of Parigha’s and Suraghu’s Conversation

Parigha said:—

Sage, I find you to be truly wise and enlightened in your beatitude. You shine like the full moon with your inner coolness. I see the fullness of sweet delight in you. The shadow of prosperity rests upon you and you appear as graceful as a water lily with your pleasing and cooling face. The clarity, extent, fullness and depth of your understanding give you the appearance of the deep, clear and extensive ocean when it ceases to be disturbed by loud winds and waves. The pure and full delight of your inner soul, free from the cloud of egotism, gives it the grace of the clear expanse of the autumn sky.

I see you composed in your mind in all places and find you content at all times. Moreover you are devoid of passions, and all these combine to add to you an unutterable grace. You have overcome the bounds of knowing whatever is good and evil in this world. Your great understanding has acquainted you with everything in its entirety. Your mind is cheered with the knowledge of all existence and non-existence and your body is free from the evil of repeated birth and death, the common lot of all beings.

You have gleaned the truth from whatever is untrue. You are as satisfied with your true knowledge as the gods were satisfied with drinking the water of immortality which they churned out of the brackish water of the ocean.

Suraghu replied:—

There is nothing in this world, O royal sage, which we may consider valuable, for all that shines and glitters here is nothing in reality and has no intrinsic value. 10 There being nothing desirable here to us, there is also nothing disgusting to us, because the lack of a thing implies the lack of its opposite also. 11 The ideas are weakened and obliterated from my mind that most worldly things are mean and that on particular occasions some are great. 12 Time and place give importance to the object and lower the best ones in our estimation. Therefore it behooves the intelligent neither to be lavish in the praise or disapproval of the one or the other. 13 According to our evaluations we praise or disapprove of something. We esteem whatever is desirable to us. But they are the most intelligent who give their preference to what is the best and of the greatest good to us.

14 The world abounding in its woods, seas, mountains and living animals presents us nothing that is to be desired for our lasting and substantial good. 15 What is there that we should desire when there is nothing worth desiring in this world except bodies composed of flesh and bones, and wood and stones, all of which are worthless and frail? 16 As we cease to desire, so we get rid of our attachments and dislikes also, just as sunset is attended with the loss of both light and heat.

17 It is useless talk to elaborate on the subject. It is enough to know this truth for our happiness here. Have our desires under control and maintain an evenness of our minds under all conditions with inner serenity and universal regard for all.