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"The Story of the Fortunate One"

by KRISHNA -DVAIPÂYANA VYÂSA

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Chapter 8 - 9 - 10 - 11 - 12 - 13



Chapter 8: Mârkandeya Resists All Temptation
and Prays to Nara-Nârâyana Rish
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(23) The servants of Indra found him in that place. Having offered his oblations,
he sat in meditation with his eyes closed, invincible as fire personified.



Chapter 9: Mârkandeya is Shown
the Lord's Bewildering Potency

(21) Upon a branch of that tree toward the northeast he in addition saw an infant boy
lying within the fold of a leaf swallowing the darkness with His effulgence [see also
3.33: 4].



Chapter 10: S'iva, Lord and Helper
Glorifies Mârkandeya Rishi

(6) The great lord said: 'I'm sure the brahmin seer doesn't desire any benedictions in any field, not even liberation; he has achieved the transcendental devotional service to the Supreme Lord, the Inexhaustible Original Person. (7) Nevertheless, Bhavânî, let's talk with this pure devotee, it is indeed man's highest achievement to associate with the saintly'."



Chapter 11: Vishnu His Attributes and the
Order of the Month of Him as the Sun-god

(11-12) His material energy composed of the various modes is represented by His flower garland, the yellow garment He wears stands for the vedic metres and His sacred thread represents the three syllable AUM. The processes of sânkhya and yoga are by the Godhead carried in the form of His makara ['sea-monster'] earrings, and His crown, bringing fearlessness to all the worlds, represents the superior [transcendental] position.


(45) All these [personalities] constitute the glories of Vishnu, the Supreme Personality of Godhead assuming the form of the sun-god; they take away the sinful reactions of those people who at the junctures of each day remember them.



Chapter 12: The Topics of S'rîmad-Bhâgavatam
Summarized

(19-20) In detail are described the reigns of the Manus [8.1], the liberation of the king of the elephants [Gajendra, 8.2-4] and the avatâras of Lord Vishnu in each period of Manu [8.5 & 13] like Hayas'îrshâ [8.24: 8 & 57; 5.18: 1], Nrisimha [7.9-10], Vâmana [8.18-22], Mâtsya [8.24] and Kûrma for the sake of churning the nectar from the milk ocean by the inhabitants of heaven [8.7-8].




(27) [It is] the dynasty in which - in the house of Vasudeva - the Supreme Lord known as Krishna, the Controller of the Living Being, descended; [following is described] His birth [10.3] and how He grew up in Gokula [10.4-10].



(55) The remembrance of Lord Krishna's lotus feet destroys everything inauspicious, leads to good fortune, purification of the heart and, connected in the wisdom and detachment, to spiritual knowing and devotion for the Supreme Soul.



Chapter 13: The Glories of S'rîmad-Bhâgavatam

(19) I meditate upon the incomparable torch light of the Immortal Truth that is Free from Sorrow and long ago was revealed to the deity ['Ka' or Brahmâ], by whom this transcendental knowledge pure and uncontaminated was spoken to Nârada the great sage who delivered it by means of his personal form to Krishna Dvaipâyana Vyâsa who next told it to the king of the yogis [S'ukadeva] who out of his mercy on his turn revealed it to [Parîkchit] the grace of the Fortunate One.


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