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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 **].

Thus far version three, ......what follows is the second version.

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

(36-42) With one's eyes half closed and sitting straight one should, alert inside for the supreme of liberation, 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, gentle and cheerful as it is, is endowed with four beautiful arms. The neck and the forehead, the pure smile as also the ears with the glowing shark shaped earrings  are of a charming beauty. One should meditate upon 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 the beauty of the forest flower garland. One should 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. This, one should do by turning the mind away from the senses. This way one should with intelligence lead the charioteer [the soul, the master of intelligence], sober and grave, [with love] in the direction of My completeness.

Chapter 15: Mystical Perfection: the Siddhis

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

Chapter 16: The Lord's Opulence

(8) He, who just like you is a tiger among men, asked Me before the battle took place questions
and was that very moment by Me with logical arguments enlightened on the matter.

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

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