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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the Withdrawn and the Renounced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'].

Chapter 19: The Perfection of Spiritual Knowledge

(20-24) Faith in the nectar of the narrations about Me, always recite [sing] My glories, to be fixed on ceremonial worship, to relate to Me with hymns and prayers; to have great respect for My devotional service, to offer obeisances with all of one's limbs, to be of first-class worship for My devotees, to think of Me as being present in all living beings, to dedicate all one's normal activities to Me, to describe with words My qualities, to offer one's mind to Me and reject all material desires; to give up wealth for My sake, to renounce sensual pleasures and material happiness, to be of sacrifice with charity and offerings, to do japa and to keep to vows and austerities for My purpose, are for human beings of surrender oh Uddhava, the different forms of religiosity to rise to loving service unto Me - what other purpose would remain for My devotee [to be accomplished]?

Chapter 20: Trikanda Yoga: Bhakti Surpasses
Knowledge and Detachment

(17) A person is the killer of his own soul when he, in this well suited boat of the so rarely attained but naturally acquired physical human body, does not cross over the ocean of material existence, being propelled by the favorable winds that I am and with the spiritual master as the captain.

Chapter 21: On Distinguishing between Good and Bad

(19) When one presumes the objects stimulating the senses to be good, a person will develop attachment as a consequence, from that attachment lust originates and because of that lust [to enjoy at will] there is quarrel among people. (20) Because of quarreling there is the anger that is difficult to handle and because of anger there is ignorance; and thus someone's broad consciousness is quickly overtaken by darkness [or narrowed consciousness].

Chapter 22: Prakriti and Purusha:
Nature and the Enjoyer

(10) A person is stuck to eternal ignorance and cannot all by himself figure out what the process of self-realization entails. That knowledge is derived from someone else familiar with the Absolute Truth [compare 11.21: 10].

(37) The Supreme Lord said: 'The mind of people that is shaped by their fruitive labor, is bound to the five senses. Traveling from one world to the next, the soul, that has a separate existence, 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 the boat for the soul [to cross the material ocean. See also 11.17: 44].

Chapter 24: Analytic Knowledge, Sankhya, Summarized

(10) I appeared [as Nârâyana] in the egg that was situated in the water of the causal ocean and from My navel a lotus arose that is known as the universe. On that lotus the self-born one found his existence [Brahmâ, see 3.8].


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