25: The Three Modes of
Nature and Beyond
(1) The Supreme Lord said: 'O best of persons,
to understand what I'm about to tel about the way someone is influenced
by a certain mode of My material nature [*]. (2-5) With the
mode of goodness one finds
equanimity, sense control, tolerance, discrimination, penance,
truthfulness, compassion, remembrance, contentment, renunciation,
freedom from desire, faithfulness, modesty and pleasure within. With
the mode of passion there is lust, endeavor, conceit, dissatisfaction,
false pride, the quest for blessings, separatism, sense-gratification,
rashness, love of praise, ridicule, display of valor and hard
sanctioning. With the mode of ignorance one runs into intolerance,
greed, deceitfulness, violence, attention seeking [in particular with
women], hypocrisy, listlessness, quarrel, lamentation, delusion,
depression, sloth, false expectations, fear and indolence.
These that I one after the other described, constitute the majority of
the effects of the modes. Now learn about their combinations [see also
26: The Song of
(4) The descendant of Ilâ [Aila or
Purûravâ, see also 9.14:
well-known great emperor, sang the following mighty
song when he,
heart in the
detachment he felt in his separation from Urvas'î, managed to put an end to his bewilderment .
27: On Respecting the
Form of God
(12) There are eight types of forms with which one
remembers Me: in stone, wood,
metal, smearable substances [like clay], in paint, in sand, in
jewels and as an image kept in mind.
Yoga or the
Denomination and the Real
(4) Just How can one distinguish between good and bad
with this material duality that belongs to the realm of our
Musing over it with our mind and expressing it in words we
do not cover the truth [*].
(30) A normal
living being who has to experience
the consequences of his fruitive labor, remains, impelled by this or
that impulse, in that position until the moment he dies. But someone
intelligent is, despite of being situated in the material position, not
that [fickle], because he with the experience of the happiness he found
gave up his material desire.
29: Bhakti Yoga: the Most Auspicious way
to Conquer Death
(35) S'rî S'uka said: 'After he had heard the words of Uttamas'loka and thus was shown the path of yoga,
with folded hands said nothing because his throat was choked up with
love and his eyes overflowed with tears.
Chapter 30: The Disappearance of the Yadu-dynasty
(5) The Supreme Lord said: 'O best of the Yadus,
with these fearful, great and inauspicious omens that are like the
flags of the king of death, we shouldn't stay a moment longer here in
Dvârakâ. (6) The
children and the old-aged should go to S'ankhoddhâra [halfway
Dvârakâ and Prabhâsa] and we will depart for
Prabhâsa where the Sarasvatî flows westward.
31: The Ascension of Lord
(1) S'rî S'uka said: 'Then Brahmâ
his consort Bhavânî arrived there, along with S'iva and the
led by Indra and the sages with the lords of the people.
(7) And while in heaven kettledrums resounded and
flowers fell from the sky, He was,
as He left the earth, followed by
Truth, Righteousness, Constancy, Fame and Beauty [see also 10.39: 53-55].
(28) The attractive and most
and childhood pastimes of the incarnation of the Supreme Lord Hari
[with all His expansions, see 10.1:
now been described here [in this Story of the Fortunate One] as also
elsewhere [in other scriptures]. A person singing them will attain the
transcendental devotional service which is the destination of all the
perfect sages [the paramahamsas].'
notices concerning the individual images
please look at the bottom of the chapter they