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which eats the food. Through this all this becomes seen. He who knows this sees all this and becomes an eater of food, yea, he becomes an eater of food.


FOURTH Khanda[1]


1. Satyakâma, the son of Gabâlâ, addressed his mother and said: "I wish to become a Brahmakârin (religious student), mother. Of what family am I?"

2. She said to him: "I do not know, my child, of what family thou art. In my youth when I had to move about much as a servant (waiting on the guests in my father's house), I conceived thee. I do not know of what family thou art. I am Gabâlâ by name, thou art Satyakâma (Philalethes). Say that thou art Satyakâma Gabâlâ."

3. He going to Gautama Hâridrumata said to him, "I wish to become a Brahmakârin with you, Sir. May I come to you, Sir?"

4. He said to him: "Of what family are you, my friend?" He replied: "I do not know, Sir, of what family I am. I asked my mother, and she answered: "In my youth when I had to move about much as a servant, I conceived thee. I do not know of what family thou art. I am Gabâlâ by name, thou art Satyakâma," I am therefore Satyakâma Gabâlâ, Sir?"

5. He said to him: "No one but a true Brâhmana would thus speak out. Go and fetch fuel, friend, I shall initiate you. You have not swerved from the truth."

Having initiated him, he chose four hundred lean and weak cows, and said: "Tend these, friend."

  1. This carries on the explanation of the four feet of Brahman, as first mentioned in III, 18, 1. Each foot or quarter of Brahman is represented as fourfold, and the knowledge of these sixteen parts is called the Shodasakalâvidyâ.