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Conformable to Virtue

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  1. Conformable to Virtue
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  4. (Extract from 'The Mahabharata' of Krishna-Dwaipayana Vyasa BOOK 1 "Adi-parva"
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  6. Translated into English Prose from the Original Sanskrit Text
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  8. by Kisari Mohan Ganguli [1883-1896]
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  11. 'Drupada answered, 'O scion of Kuru's race, it hath been directed that
  12. one man may have many wives. But it hath never been heard that one woman
  13. may have many husbands! O son of Kunti, as thou art pure and acquainted
  14. with the rules of morality, it behoveth thee not to commit an act that is
  15. sinful and opposed both to usage and the Vedas. Why, O prince, hath thy
  16. understanding become so?' Yudhishthira said in reply, 'O monarch,
  17. morality is subtle. We do not know its course. Let us follow the way
  18. trodden by the illustrious ones of former ages. My tongue never uttered
  19. an untruth. My heart also never turneth to what is sinful. My mother
  20. commandeth so; and my heart also approveth of it. Therefore, O king, that
  21. is quite conformable to virtue. Act according to it, without any
  22. scruples. Entertain no fear, O king, about this matter.'
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