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"The Story of the Fortunate One"


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Chapter 9: Detachment from All that Is Material

(32) The Supreme Lord said: 'After the so very intelligent brahmin [who in fact was Lord Dattâtreya, see 2.7: 4 and **] thus had spoken to king Yadu and properly was honored by the king offering his obeisances, then bid farewell and went away, just as contented as he had come.

Chapter 10: The Soul Free, the Soul Bound

(11) One should therefore, by  cultivating knowledge, get in touch with the pure, transcendental [Supreme] Soul situated within oneself [2.2 and B.G. 9: 5] and gradually give up this concept of the material affair [as being an independent reality].

 Chapter 11: Bondage and Liberation Explained and
the Saintly Person His Devotional Service

(6) Two birds of a similar nature and friends of each other, one day make a nest in a tree. One of them eats from the fruits of the tree, while the other does not eat, even though he is the strongest of the two [see also 6.4: 24].

Chapter 12: The Confidential Secret Beyond
Renunciation and Knowledge

(14-15) Therefore oh Uddhava give up the [religious] precepts and prohibitions, denial and routines and what you should listen to and have listened to. Choose for Me alone, the actual shelter of the Soul within all embodied beings. With that exclusive devotion you will enjoy My mercy and have nothing to fear from any side [compare B.g. 18: 66].'

Chapter 13: The Hamsa-avatâra Answers the
Questions of the Sons of Brahmâ

(19) With the desire to find closure he remembered Me, the original godhead [he originated from, see 3.8], and at that time I became visible in My Hamsa form [the Swan **].

Chapter 14: The Devotional Coherence of the
Methods and the Meditation on Vishnu

(36-42) With one's eyes half closed one should, alert and with one's face lifted, concentrate on the lotus within the heart that is directed upwards. Within the whorl of its eight petals one should one after the other picture the sun, the moon and the fire. Within the fire one should consider My harmonious form so auspicious for meditation, that is gentle, cheerful and endowed with four beautiful arms. The neck and the forehead are of a charming beauty as also the pure smile and the ears with the glowing shark shaped earrings. One should meditate on the golden dress, the complexion with the color of a rain cloud, the curl on the chest where the goddess resides, the conch and the disc, the club and the lotus as also on the beauty of the forest flower garland. One should also meditate upon all the beautiful and charming parts of My body: the feet with their shining bells, the richly glowing Kaustubha gem, the shining crown and bracelets, the girdle and armlets, the merciful smile and the delicate glance. By turning the mind away from the senses and their sense objects one thus with intelligence should lead the charioteer of one's thinking [the soul, the master of intelligence], sober and grave, [with love] in the direction of My completeness.

Chapter 15: Mystical Perfection: the Siddhis

(35) I am the cause and the protector of all the perfections. I am the Lord of Yoga [the final union], the Lord of analysis, of dharma and of the [Vedic] teachers, propounders and adherents.

Chapter 16: The Lord's Opulence

(8) That tiger among men, asked Me just before the battle took place questions
like you did and was then by Me instructed with the needed arguments.

(12) I am Hiranyagarbha [Brahmâ, the original teacher] of the Vedas, among the mantras I am the three-lettered Omkâra, of the letters I am the first one [the 'a'], and among the sacred metres I am the three-footed one [the Gâyatrî mantra].

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