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"The Story of the Fortunate One"


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Chapter 17: The Varnâs'rama System and the Boat of Bhakti:
the Students and the Householders

(22) A twice-born soul  having undergone a second birth with purificatory rites [with samskâras receiving a sacred thread] and [initiation into] the Gâyatrî mantra, should reside in the residence [the school] of the guru and  must with his senses under control on his request study the scriptures [see also B.G. 16: 24].

Chapter 18: The Varnâs'rama System:
the Withdrawn and the Renounced

(29) Despite his intelligence he [the detached soul, a sannyâsî] should play like a child, despite his expertise he should act as if incompetent, despite his learning he should speak like being absent-minded and despite his knowing the injunctions he should behave in an unrestricted manner ['wander as a cow'].

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Chapter 19: The Perfection of Spiritual Knowledge

(20-24) Faith in the nectar of the narrations about Me, always chanting My glories, fixed in the attachment of ceremonial worship, to relate with hymns and prayers to Me; being of a high regard for My devotional service, with all of one's body to be offering obeisances, to be of the first-class worship of My devotees, to be conscious of Me being present in all living beings, to dedicate all one's normal activities to Me and also the with words defending of My qualities, placing the mind in Me and rejecting all material desires; for My sake giving up on money as also on sensual pleasures, material happiness and passions, being of charity and offering in sacrifice, chanting the names to achieve Me and keeping to vows and austerities; these are the ways, Uddhava, in which, with those human beings who actually commit themselves to the dharma, devotional service for Me develops - what other purpose would remain for My devotee?

Chapter 20: Trikanda Yoga: Bhakti Surpasses
Knowledge and Detachment

(17) The human body, which is the source of all blessings, is easily obtained even though that rarely happens [considering the enormous variety of life forms on this planet]. It is a ship extremely well equipped for its duty, given a spiritual teacher for its captain and the favorable winds that represent Me to propel it. But when someone fails to cross the ocean of material existence with it, he is a killer of his own soul.

Chapter 21: On Distinguishing between Good and Bad

(19) Presuming the objects that gratify the senses to be good,  from that assumption the attachment of a person rises, from that attachment originates the lust and because of lust there is quarrel among people. (20) From quarreling there is the anger difficult to handle and the consequent ignorance; thus is someone's consciousness quickly overtaken by darkness.

Chapter 22: Prakriti and Purusha:
Nature and the Enjoyer

(10) A person who inevitably is born in ignorance is in no way capable of all by himself figuring out what the process of selfrealization all entail,  that knowledge is derived from someone else who knows about the principle of reality [compare 11.21: 10].

(37)  The Supreme Lord said: 'People's minds that are shaped by their fruitive labor are bound to the five senses
from one world to the next. The soul, existing separately, follows that mind
[see also linga, vâsanâ and B.G. 2: 22].

Chapter 23: Forbearance: the Song of the Avantî Brâhmana

(28) The Supreme Lord, the Supreme Personality who comprises all the gods and who, satisfied with me,
led me to this condition of detachment, constitutes assuredly the boat to carry the soul [see also
11.17: 44].

Chapter 24: Analytic Knowledge, Sankhya, Summarized

(10) Within that egg situated in the water of the causal ocean I appeared [as Nârâyana], whereupon from
My navel a lotus arose that is known as the universe. On that lotus the selfborn one found his existence [Brahmâ, see

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