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"The Story of the Fortunate One"

by KRISHNA -DVAIPÂYANA VYÂSA

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Pictures Canto 11 - page 1 - 2 - 3 - 4

Chapter 25 - 26 - 27 - 28 - 29 - 30 - 31



Chapter 25: The Three Modes of Nature and Beyond

(1) The Supreme Lord said: 'O best of persons, try 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 B.G. 14].



Chapter 26: The Song of Purûravâ

(4) The descendant of Ilâ [Aila or Purûravâ, see also 9.14: 15-16], the well-known great emperor, sang the following mighty
song when he,
taking heart in the detachment he felt in his separation from Urvas'î, managed to put an end to his bewilderment .



Chapter 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.


Chapter 28: Jñâna 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 imagination?
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.


Chapter 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,
Uddhava 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 women, 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.



Chapter 31: The Ascension of Lord Krishna

(1) S'rî S'uka said: 'Then Brahmâ with his consort Bhavânî arrived there, along with S'iva and the demigods
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 auspicious exploits and childhood pastimes of the incarnation of the Supreme Lord Hari [with all His expansions, see 10.1: 62-63], have 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].'


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