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Vedic Verses for 4/16/14

He (Ushasti) begged food from the owner of the elephant, who was eating some wretched beans. He (the owner of the elephant) said: I have nothing but what is set before me.

Sama Veda, Chandogya Upanishad I, X - The Story of Ushasti (I), 2

Ushasti said: Give me these. He gave the beans and said: Here is some water left over from my drinking. Ushasti said: If I drink this, I will then be drinking what has been left by another.

Sama Veda, Chandogya Upanishad I, X - The Story of Ushasti (I), 3

The owner of the elephant said: Were not those beans also left over and therefore unclean? Ushasti replied: I should not have lived if I had not eaten them; but I can get water wherever I like.

Sama Veda, Chandogya Upanishad I, X - The Story of Ushasti (I), 4

Having himself eaten, Ushasti gave his wife what was left. But she, having eaten before, took them (i.e. the beans) and put them away.

Sama Veda, Chandogya Upanishad I, X - The Story of Ushasti (I), 5

Next morning, on awaking, he said: Alas, if I could get even little a to eat, I might earn some money. The king over here is going to perform a sacrifice; he would choose me for all the priestly offices.

Sama Veda, Chandogya Upanishad I, X - The Story of Ushasti (I), 6

    



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