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What is the origin of this world? Verily, all things here arise out of space. They disappear back into space, for space alone is greater than these, space is the final goal. This is the most excellent Udgitha. This is endless. Max Muller notes that the term "space" above, was later asserted in the Vedanta Sutra verse 1. The tenth through twelfth volumes of the first Prapathaka of Chandogya Upanishad describe a legend about priests and it criticizes how they go about reciting verses and singing hymns without any idea what they mean or the divine principle they signify. The verses 1.

The dogs ask, "Sir, sing and get us food, we are hungry". Next day, the dogs come back, each dog holding the tail of the preceding dog in his mouth, just like priests do holding the gown of preceding priest when they walk in procession. Om, let us drink! Lord of food, bring hither food, bring it!

Such satire is not unusual in Indian literature and scriptures, and similar emphasis for understanding over superficial recitations is found in other ancient texts, such as chapter 7. The 13th volume of the first chapter lists mystical meanings in the structure and sounds of a chant. The thirteen syllables listed are Stobhaksharas , sounds used in musical recitation of hymns, chants and songs.

The fourth verse of the 13th volume uses the word Upanishad , which Max Muller translates as "secret doctrine", [37] [38] and Patrick Olivelle translates as "hidden connections". Volumes 2 through 7 of the second Prapathaka present analogies between various elements of the universe and elements of a chant. The day and daily life of a human being is mapped to the seven-fold structure in volumes 2.

The 22nd volume of the second chapter discusses the structure of vowels svara , consonants sparsa and sibilants ushman. The Chandogya Upanishad in volume 23 of chapter 2 provides one of the earliest expositions on the broad, complex meaning of Vedic concept dharma. But the Brahmasamstha — one who is firmly grounded in Brahman — alone achieves immortality. This passage has been widely cited by ancient and medieval Sanskrit scholars as the fore-runner to the asrama or age-based stages of dharmic life in Hinduism. Paul Deussen notes that the Chandogya Upanishad, in the above verse, is not presenting these stages as sequential, but rather as equal.

Other scholars point to the structure of the verse and its explicit "three branches" declaration. Beyond chronological concerns, the verse has provided a foundation for Vedanta school's emphasis on ethics, education, simple living, social responsibility, and the ultimate goal of life as moksha through Brahman-knowledge.

The discussion of ethics and moral conduct in man's life re-appears in other chapters of Chandogya Upanishad, such as in section 3. The Chandogya Upanishad presents the Madhu Vidya honey knowledge in first eleven volumes of the third chapter. The simile of "honey" is extensively developed, with Vedas, the Itihasa and mythological stories, and the Upanishads are described as flowers.

The rising and setting of the sun is likened to man's cyclic state of clarity and confusion, while the spiritual state of knowing Upanishadic insight of Brahman is described by Chandogya Upanishad as being one with Sun, a state of permanent day of perfect knowledge, the day which knows no night.

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Gayatri meter [67] is the symbol of the Brahman - the essence of everything, states volume 3. The first six verses of the thirteenth volume of Chandogya's third chapter state a theory of Svarga heaven as human body, whose doorkeepers are eyes, ears, speech organs, mind and breath. To reach Svarga , asserts the text, understand these doorkeepers.

This premise, that the human body is the heaven world, and that Brahman highest reality is identical to the Atman Soul, Self within a human being is at the foundation of Vedanta philosophy. This whole universe is Brahman.

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In tranquility, let one worship It, as Tajjalan that from which he came forth, as that into which he will be dissolved, as that in which he breathes. Let him therefore have for himself this will, this purpose: The intelligent, whose body is imbued with life-principle, whose form is light, whose thoughts are driven by truth, whose self is like space invisible but ever present , from whom all works, all desires, all sensory feelings encompassing this whole world, the silent, the unconcerned, this is me, my Self, my Soul within my heart.

This is my Soul in the innermost heart, greater than the earth, greater than the aerial space, greater than these worlds. This Soul, this Self of mine is that Brahman. Paul Deussen notes that the teachings in this section re-appear centuries later in the words of the 3rd century CE Neoplatonic Roman philosopher Plotinus in Enneades 5.

The universe, states the Chandogya Upanishad in section 3. The section 3. The metaphor of man's life as a Soma-festival is described through steps of a yajna fire ritual ceremony in section 3. The volumes 3. One, in verse 3. Secondly, verse 3. This mention of " Krishna as the son of Devaki ", has been studied by scholars [91] as potential source of fables and Vedic lore about the major deity Krishna in the Mahabharata and other ancient literature.

Scholars have also questioned [91] whether this part of the verse is an interpolation, or just a different Krishna Devikaputra than deity Krishna, [92] because the much later age Sandilya Bhakti Sutras , a treatise on Krishna, [93] cites later age compilations such as Narayana Upanishad and Atharvasiras 6. Others [94] state that the coincidence that both names, of Krishna and Devika, in the same verse cannot be dismissed easily and this Krishna may be the same as one found later, such as in the Bhagavad Gita.

The verse 3. Thou art the Aksitamasi indestructible, imperishable , Thou art the Acyutamasi imperturbable, unchangeable , Thou art the Prana-samsitamasi fountainhead, crest of life-principles. The fourth chapter of the Chandogya Upanishad opens with the story of king Janasruti and "the man with the cart" named Raikva. Paul Deussen states that the underlying message of Samvarga Vidya is that the cosmic phenomenon and the individual physiology are mirrors, and therefore man should know himself as identical with all cosmos and all beings. King Janasruti is described as pious, extremely charitable, feeder of many destitutes, who built rest houses to serve the people in his kingdom, but one who lacked the knowledge of Brahman-Atman.

The story also declares the king as a seeker of knowledge, and eager to learn from the poorest. The Upanishad presents another symbolic conversational story of Satyakama , the son of Jabala, in volumes 4. The teacher asks, "my dear child, what family do you come from? The sage sends Satyakama to tend four hundred cows, and come back when they multiply into a thousand. The story is notable for declaring that the mark of a student of Brahman is not parentage, but honesty.

The story is also notable for the repeated use of the word Bhagavan to mean teacher during the Vedic era. The volumes 4. The boy Satyakama Jabala described in volumes 4. Upakosala has a conversation with sacrificial fires, which inform him that Brahman is life, Brahman is joy and bliss, Brahman is infinity, and the means to Brahman is not through depressing, hard penance. The person that is seen in the eye, [] that is the Atman Soul, Self.

The Atman is the immortal one, the fearless one, the Brahman. The Upanishad asserts in verses 4. The fifth chapter of the Chandogya Upanishad opens with the declaration, []. The first volume of the fifth chapter of the text tells a fable and prefaces each character with the following maxims,. He who knows excellence, [] becomes excellent. He who knows stability, [] becomes stable. He who knows success, [] becomes successful. He who knows home, [] becomes home for others. The fable, found in many other Principal Upanishads, [] describes a rivalry between eyes, ears, speech, mind.

I well perceived he was a Messenger from Heaven, and to my Teacher turned; with signs he warned me to keep still, and bow before him. Ah, how disdainful did he seem to me! He reached the gate, and with a little wand he opened it, for hindrance had he none. Why is it that ye kick against the Will, from which its end can never be cut off, and which hath more than once increased your pain?

Of what avail to butt against the Fates? Your Cerberus, if ye remember well, still sports for this a hairless chin and neck. We entered it without the least contention; and I, who longed to look about and see the state of those whom such a fortress holds, when I was in it, cast mine eyes around, and see on every side an ample plain, with anguish and with awful torture filled. The lids of all of them were raised, and wails so woeful issued thence, that of a truth they seemed the wails of wretched, tortured men.

Here like with like is buried, and more hot and less so are the monuments. Heresy Heretics. The people that are lying in the tombs, could they be seen? For all the lids are raised, it seems, and there is no one keeping guard. On this side have their burial-place with Epicurus all his followers, who claim that with the body dies the soul. Thy very language makes thee manifest a native of that noble fatherland, to which I was, perhaps, too great a bane.

Is he not still alive? Doth not the sweet light strike upon his eyes? The other one, meanwhile, the great-souled man, at whose request I stopped, changed not his looks, nor did he move his neck or turn his side. And so mayst thou return to the sweet world, pray tell me why so pitiless toward mine that people is in every law of theirs? It seems, if well I hear, that ye behold beforehand that which time brings with itself, while in the present ye do otherwise. When they approach, or are, our intellect is wholly vain, and we, if others bring no news, know nothing of your human state.

Hence thou canst understand that wholly dead will be our knowledge from that moment on, when closed shall be the gateway of the future. Heresy The Distribution of the Damned in the Inferno. Of all wrong-doing which in Heaven wins hate injustice is the end, and each such end aggrieves by either violence or fraud. All the first circle holds the violent; but since against three persons force is used, its shape divides it into three great rings. This latter kind of fraud would seem to kill only the bond of love which Nature makes; hence in the second circle make their nest hypocrisy, and flatteries, and workers of magic, coining, theft and simony, panders and grafters, and such filth as these.

Hast thou no recollection of the words with which thine Ethics treats extensively the dispositions three which Heaven rejects, Incontinence, and Malice, and insane Bestiality, and how Incontinence offends God least, and hence receives least blame? From these two things, if thou recall to mind the first of Genesis, must people needs obtain their livelihood, and progress make. And as the usurer takes another course, Nature both in herself and in her follower he scorneth, since in something else he trusts. The place, where to descend the bank we came, was Alp-like, and, through what was also there, such that all eyes would be repelled by it.

Begone, thou beast! Now I would have thee know that, when down here to nether Hell I came, that other time, this mass of rock had not yet fallen down. But turn thine eyes down yonder now; for lo, the stream of blood is drawing near to us, wherein boils who by violence harms others. O blind cupidity, O foolish wrath, that so dost in our short life goad us on, and after, in the eternal, steep us thus! I saw a wide moat curving in an arc, and such that it embraces all the plain, according as my Escort had informed me; and in a file, between it and the bank, Centaurs were running by, with arrows armed, as in the world it was their wont to hunt.

On seeing us descend, they all stopped short, and three of them detached them from the troop, with bows and arrows they had chosen first. Tell it from there, or else I draw my bow. They go by thousands round about the moat, shooting each soul that from the blood emerges further than its own sin allotted it. To those swift-footed beasts we then drew near; Chiron an arrow took, and with its notch backward upon his jaws he pushed his beard. But by the Power, through whom I move my steps along so wild a road, bestow on us one of thy troop, at whose side we may be, and who may show us where one fords, and carry this man upon his back, for he is not a spirit who can travel through the air.

I saw some people in it to their brows. Here tears are shed because of heartless wrongs; here Alexander is, and who for years grieved Sicily, fierce Dionysius. The brow which hath so black a head of hair, is Azzolino; the other which is blond, Obizzo of Este, who in truth was quenched up in the world by his un-natural son. Thus shallower and shallower became that blood, until it only cooked their feet; here was the place for us to ford the ditch.

Justice Divine is over here tormenting that Attila who was a scourge on earth, Pyrrhus, and Sextus; and forever milks the tears, which with the boiling it unlocks, from Rinier da Corneto and Rinier Pazzo, who on the highroads waged so great a war. Violence against Oneself. Suicides and Squanderers. Not yet had Nessus reached the other side, when we had set our steps within a wood, which was not marked by any path whatever.

No green leaves there, but leaves of gloomy hue; no smooth and straight, but gnarled and twisted, twigs; nor was there any fruit, but poison-thorns. Herein those ugly Harpies make their nest, who drove the Trojans from the Strophades, with gloomy prophecies of future loss. Wide wings they have, and human necks and faces; their feet are clawed, and feathered their great bellies; they utter wailings on the uncouth trees. Moans I heard uttered upon every side, but saw no person who might make them there; hence, utterly confused, I checked my steps.

I think he thought I thought that all those voices were uttered from among those thorny trunks by people hiding there on our account. Hast thou no spirit of compassion in thee? Men were we once, and now are stocks become; thy hand ought surely to have had more pity, even if the souls of serpents we had been. But tell him who thou wast, that he, by way of compensation, may refresh thy fame up in the world, where he can still return.

My mind, to vent its feelings of disdain, and thinking to avoid disdain by death, made me unjust against myself, the just. And to the world should one of you return, let him assist my memory, which still lies crushed beneath the blow which envy gave it! Whenever a wild spirit leaves the body, from which itself hath torn itself away, Minos commits it to the seventh ravine. Into the wood it falls, nor is a place allotted to it; but where Fortune hurls it, there, like a grain of spelt, it germinates. It grows into a sapling and wild tree; the Harpies, feeding then upon its leaves, cause pain to it, and for the pain a vent.

And lo, two on the left, who naked were and scratched, and fled away so rapidly, they shattered all the branches of the wood. The wood behind these two was full of swarthy bitches, ravenous and fleet as greyhounds are, when from their chains unleashed. Into the one who crouched they set their teeth, and tore him into pieces bit by bit; they then made off with those his suffering limbs.

Thereat my Escort took me by the hand, and led me to the bush, which all in vain out of its bleeding rents was shedding tears. I made myself a gibbet of my house. The Third Ring Violence against God. Since love for my own native place constrained me, I gathered up the scattered twigs and leaves, and gave them back to him who now was weak.

Thence to the bound we came, where from the third the second ring is severed, and wherein a frightful form of Justice may be seen. To manifest aright what here was new, I say that we had reached a barren plain, which from its bed removeth every plant. The woeful wood is as a garland round it, as round the former is the dismal moat; there on its very edge we stayed our steps.

Its soil was of a dense and arid sand, whose nature differed in no way from that, which once was trodden by the feet of Cato. Vengeance of God, how much by every one thou oughtest to be feared, who readeth here what to these eyes of mine was manifest!

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Of naked souls I many flocks beheld, who all wept very sorely, while on each a different law appeared to be imposed. A few lay on the ground upon their backs; and some were seated cuddled up together, while others moved about continually. Most numerous were those that moved around, and least so those that under torment lay, but all the freer had their tongues to wail. Down on the whole great waste of sand there rained with gentle fall dilated flakes of fire, like flakes of snow that fall on windless Alps.

And ever without resting was the dance of wretched hands, that kept, now here, now there, slapping away each latest burning flake. Now follow me, and see that thou meanwhile set not thy feet upon the burning sand, but to the thicket keep them ever close. In silence we went on, and came to where, out of the wood a little stream spirts forth, whose ruddy color makes me shudder still.

Its bottom and both sides had turned to stone, as also had the embankments on each side; I hence perceived the crossing-place was there. Whilom as trusty cradle for her son Rhea selected it, and when he wept, to hide him better, caused a shouting there. Within that mountain stands a great Old Man, who holds his shoulders toward Damiata turned, and who, as at his mirror, looks at Rome. Each of these parts, except the golden one, is broken by a cleft, whence trickle tears, which, when collected, perforate that cave.

The Third Ring Violence against Nature. An old fame in the world proclaims them blind, a greedy, envious, overweening folk; see to it that thou cleanse thee from their ways! Thy fortune hath in store for thee such honor, that either party shall be hungry for thee; but distant from the goat shall be the grass. What of my course you tell, I write, and keep, with other texts, for a Lady to explain, who can, if ever I attain to her. I only wish that this be clear to you, that I, if but my conscience chide me not, am ready for whatever Fortune wills. Not new unto mine ears is such reward; hence, as she lists, let Fortune turn her wheel, and let the country clown his mattock ply!

Know then, in brief, that clerics were they all, and mighty men of letters of great fame, soiled by the self same sin when in the world. It pains me still but to remember them. As champions oiled and nude are wont to do, when looking for an advantageous grip, before they come to giving blows and wounds; thus, as he wheeled, each turned his face toward me, so that his feet continuous journey made in opposite direction to his neck.

He, in whose footprints thou dost see me tread, was, though he go both nude and hairless now, of higher rank then thou believest him. He was the grandson of the good Gualdrada; his name was Guido Guerra, and when alive, his wisdom and his sword accomplished much. But since I should have burned and baked myself, fear was victorious over my good will, which made me eager to embrace them there. Of your own town am I, and evermore have I your doings and your honored names related, and heard mentioned, with regard.

I leave the gall, and for the sweet fruit go, which my veracious Leader promised me; but to the center must I first descend. Thus with uplifted face I cried; whereat the three, who this as answer understood, looked at each other, as one looks at truth. Amen could not have been as quickly said, as they then disappeared; my Teacher, therefore, thought it advisable for us to leave. I had a cord around about me girt, wherewith I once had thought that I could capture the Leopard with the brightly colored hide.

When from me I had wholly loosened it, even as my Leader had commanded me, I coiled it up and held it out to him. Thereat upon his right he turned around, and hurled it to some distance from the edge down into that profound and dark abyss. I swear to thee, that through that coarse, dark air I saw a shape, which would have chilled with wonder however brave a heart, come swimming up, as he returns, who, going down at times to clear an anchor clinging to a reef, or aught else lying hidden in the sea, above extends, and draweth in below.

The Third Ring Violence against Art. Its face was as the face of a just man, so pleasing outwardly was its complexion; the body of a serpent all the rest. As flat-boats sometimes lie upon the shore, in water partly, partly on the land; and as among the greedy Germans yonder,.

Out of their eyes their woe was bursting forth; first here, then there, they helped them with their hands, now from the flames, now from the heated soil. When on the face of some I set mine eyes, on whom the woeful fire is falling there, I knew not one of them; but I perceived that from the neck of each there hung a pouch, which had a certain color and design, wherewith their eyes appeared to feed themselves. And as I, looking, came into their midst, azure upon a yellow pouch I saw, which had the form and semblance of a lion.

Then, as my gaze continued on its course, another I beheld, as red as blood, exhibiting a goose more white than butter. Now go thy way; and since thou livest still, know that my fellow townsman, Vitaliano, will sit beside me here upon my left. And I, afraid lest any longer stay might anger him who warned me to be brief, turned from those weary spirits back again. By stairs like these shall we descend hereafter; climb thou in front, for midst I wish to be, so that the tail may do no injury.

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Wide be thy wheels, and gradual thy descent; bethink thee of the unwonted load thou hast. The latter, swimming, slowly wends his way, wheels and descends, but I perceive it not, save by the wind below and in my face. The waterfall I now heard on the right, making a horrid roar beneath us; hence, I outward thrust my head with eyes turned down.


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More fearful of the abyss I then became, for fires I now beheld, and wailings heard; hence, trembling, I clung closer with my thighs. And then, for I perceived it not before, by the great torments which on divers sides drew near, I saw our wheeling and descent. Upon the right side I beheld new cause for sympathy, new pains, and scourgers new, wherewith the first trench was completely filled.

This side and that, upon the dark, stone floor, horned demons with great scourges I beheld, who from behind were fiercely whipping them. Ah, how they caused them to lift them up their heels, when by the first blows smitten! Certainly none waited for the second, or the third. Nor am I here the only Bolognese that weeps; nay, this place is so full of us, that not so many tongues are taught today between Savena and Reno to say sipa; and if thereof thou wouldst have pledge or proof, recall to mind our avaricious breasts. There are no women here to sell for coin.

This we ascended with the greatest ease, and turning to the right along its ridge, we left those everlasting circling walls. How royal an appearance he still keeps! Jason is he, who, by his doughtiness and wit, deprived the Colchians of their ram. He passed the isle of Lemmos on his way, after its pitiless and daring women had given up to death their every male. He left her there with child, and all alone; him to this punishment that fault condemns; and for Medea, too, is vengeance wrought. With him go those that in this way deceive; be this enough to know of this first ditch, and of those, too, that in its fangs it holds.

We thence heard people in the following trench who whined and groaned, and with their muzzles puffed, while smiting their own bodies with their palms. The banks were crusted over with a mould by vapor from below, which, sticking there, offensive to both eyes and nose became. Thither we came, and from it in the ditch people I saw immersed in excrement, which seemed from human privies to have come.

Fraud The Third Trench. O Simon Magus, O his wretched followers, since ye the things of God, which ought to be the brides of righteousness, rapaciously adulterate for silver and for gold; it now behooves the trumpet sound for you, for in the third great trench your station is!


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Wisdom Supreme, how great the art thou showest in Heaven, on earth, and in the evil world! How justly, too, thy virtue makes awards! I saw that on its sloping sides and bottom the livid-colored stone was full of holes, all of one width, while each of them was round. The soles of all were, both of them, on fire; because of which their joints so strongly twitched, they would have snapped green twigs and cords of grass. And as a flame on oily things is wont to move along the outer surface only; so likewise was it there from heels to toes.

I there was like a friar that confesses a base assassin, who, on being planted, calls him again, that death may be delayed. By several years the writing lied to me. Art thou so quickly sated with the wealth, for which thou didst not fear to seize by fraud, and outrage next, the Lady beautiful? I, in like manner, shall down yonder fall, when he arrives, whom I believed thou wast, when I of thee the sudden question asked. But now already longer is the time, that I, thus up-side down, have cooked my feet, than he will planted stay with ruddy soles; for after him shall come from westward lands a lawless shepherd of still uglier deed, and fit to cover him and me.

Renewed shall Jason be, of whom in Maccabees one reads; and as to that one his king yielded, even so who governs France shall yield to this.

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Therefore keep still, for thou art rightly punished; and take good care of that ill-gotten wealth, which caused thee to be valiant against Charles. And were it not for this, that I am still forbidden by reverence for the Keys supreme thou hadst in keeping in the joyful life,. The Evangelist was thinking of your shepherds, when she, who on the waters hath her seat, was seen by him to fornicate with kings; the one who with the seven heads was born, and from the ten horns her support received, while virtue still was pleasing to her spouse.

Ah, Constantine, of how much ill was mother, not thy conversion, but the dower-gift the earliest wealthy Father took from thee! I verily believe it pleased my Leader, he heeded with so glad a look throughout the utterance of those true, clear words of mine. He therefore took me up with both his arms, and when he had me wholly on his breast, he climbed again the path down which he came; nor tired of holding me in his embrace, but bore me to the summit of the arch, which crosses from the fourth bank to the fifth.

When there, he gently set his burden down, gently, because that crag was rough and steep, and would be difficult for goats to cross; from thence another trench was shown to me. Fraud The Fourth Trench. Diviners and Soothsayers. About strange punishments must I make verses, and furnish matter for the twentieth song of this first lay, which treats of those submerged.

Already had I wholly given myself to looking down at its uncovered bottom, which with the tears of agony was bathed; when people in the great round trench I saw come weeping silently, and at the pace, at which in this world litanies advance. Then, as my sight fell on them lower down, wondrously twisted each of them appeared between the chin and where the chest begins; for toward his loins his face was turned around, and backward it behooved him to advance, because of foresight they had been deprived.

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So may God let thee, Reader, gather fruit from this thy reading, think now for thyself how I could ever keep my own face dry,. Here liveth piety when wholly dead is pity. Who, then, guiltier is than he who lets his feelings judge Divine Decrees? Why quittest thou the war? See how he makes a bosom of his shoulders; because he wished to see too far ahead, he looks behind, and backward goes his way. Behold Tiresias there, who changed his looks, when female he became, from being male, his members being each and all transformed; and afterward he needs must strike again the two entwining serpents with his rod, ere he the plumage of a male regained.

Peschiera next, a fair and mighty fortress, and fit to face both Bergamasks and Brescians, sits where the shore lies lowest round about. Passing that way, the cruel virgin saw a region in the middle of the fen, untilled and naked of inhabitants. There, to escape all human fellowship, and work her arts, she settled with her slaves, and lived, and there she left her empty body. Thereafter men, who all around were scattered, collected in that place, which was a strong one, because it had a fen on every side.

But tell me if among these passing people thou seest any one deserving note; for my mind now is wholly bent on that. That other one, so thin about his flanks, was Michael Scot, who surely understood the artful game of magical deceits. Guido Bonatti see; and see Asdente, who wishes now that he had given heed to cord and leather, but too late repents. See the sad women who abandoned needles, spindles and shuttles, to become diviners; these wrought their spells with herbs and images. Fraud The Fifth Trench. Corrupt Politicians. I saw the pitch, but nothing in it, save the bubbles the boiling raised, and that the whole of it kept swelling up, and settling back compressed.

I then turned round, as one who longs to see the thing which it behooves him to escape, and who, when by a sudden fear unmanned, although he sees, delays not his departure; and I perceived behind us a black devil come running up along the rocky crag.

Ah, how ferocious in his looks he was, and in his actions how severe he seemed, with wings outspread, and light upon his feet! One here swims otherwise than in the Serchio! If, therefore, thou dost not desire our hooks, protrude not from the surface of the pitch. Before your grappling hooks take hold of me, let one of you advance, and hear me speak; then take ye counsel as to grappling me. Let us go on, for it is willed in Heaven that I should show another this wild road. Than this hour five hours later yesterday, twelve hundred, six and sixty years had passed, since here the path was broken.

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Flame Spread Index — A comparative measure, expressed as a dimensionless number, derived from visual measurements of the spread of flame versus time for a material tested in accordance with ASTM E The weathering procedure includes wetting, drying and ultraviolet exposures. Ignition-Resistant Construction — The code provides a number of requirements for various components of a building based on the anticipated fire hazard - Class 1 extreme , 2 high , or 3 moderate.

Noncombustible — As applied to building construction material, means a material that, in the form in which it is used, is either one of the following:. Noncombustible — Any material that, in the form in which it is used and under the condition anticipated, will not ignite and burn nor will add appreciable heat to an ambient fire.

From A. This section in the building code is the same as the definition used by the International Code Council. Noncombustible [Section in the California Building Code]— a material which, in the form in which it is used, is either one of the following:. Any one of the following shall be accepted as meeting the definition of ignition-resistant material:. Try asking one of our Experts. This is where you can find research-based information from America's land-grant universities enabled by eXtension.

View publishing information about this page. Definitions Building codes and test standards have provided definitions for some terms commonly used to describe how a given material or assembly will perform in a fire. Terms that have been defined include: Combustible Noncombustible Fire-resistant or Fire-resistance Ignition-resistant Combustible and noncombustible refer to the performance of a material e.

Figure 1. In this case, the roof assembly consists of the aluminum roof covering, overlapping layers of a capsheet roofing material for the improved fire rating , and structural sheathing, all attached to the lumber framing. Figure 2. The material is attached to the upper surface of the tunnel and is rated on the distance the flame travels down the length of the tunnel, on the exposed surface of the material. The duration of this test is 10 minutes. Photograph courtesy of Mr. Figure 3. The hood and surrounding skirt over a wall assembly.

The ducting not visible above the hood collects smoke and fire gases during combustion.