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CHAPTER 5 - SECTION 11
« on: April 06, 2019, 04:25:39 PM »
5.11.1. This indeed is excellent austerity. What is it? That a man suffers when he is ill, attacked with fever etc. One should think that this is excellent austerity, for both entail suffering. For a sage who thinks like that, without either condemning the disease or being dejected over it, that austerity itself serves to wipe out his evils. He who knows as above has his evils burnt by this austerity in the form of meditation, and wins an excellent world.
Similarly a dying man thinks from the very beginning --- what? --- this indeed is excellent austerity that after death he is carried to the forest by the priests for the funeral ceremony. He thinks that it will be excellent austerity for him, because in both there is this journey from the village to the forest; for it is well known that retirement from the village to the forest is excellent austerity. He who knows as above wins an excellent world. Similarly this indeed is excellent austerity that a man after death is placed in the fire, because in both there is this entering into the fire. He who knows as above wins an excellent world.