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and knowledge[1]; he is, as it were, lord and master as far as understanding reaches — he who meditates on understanding as Brahman."
"Sir, is there something better than understanding?"
"Yes, there is something better than understanding."
"Sir, tell it me."


EIGHTH Khanda


1. "Power (bala) is better than understanding. One powerful man shakes a hundred men of understanding. If a man is powerful, he becomes a rising man. If he rises, he becomes a man who visits wise people. If he visits, he becomes a follower of wise people. If he follows them, he becomes a seeing, a hearing, a perceiving, a knowing, a doing, an understanding man. By power the earth stands firm, and the sky, and the heaven, and the mountains, gods and men, cattle, birds, herbs, trees, all beasts down to worms, midges, and ants; by power the world stands firm. Meditate on power.

2. He who meditates on power as Brahman, is, as it were, lord and master as far as power reaches — he who meditates on power as Brahman."
"Sir, is there something better than power?"
"Yes, there is something better than power."
"Sir, tell it me."


NINTH Khanda


1. "Food (anna) is better than power. Therefore if a man abstain from food for ten days, though he live, he would be unable to see, hear, perceive, think, act, and understand. But when he obtains

  1. The commentator takes vigñâna here as understanding of sacred books, gñâna as cleverness with regard to other subjects.