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"The Story of the Fortunate One"


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Chapter 1: The Degraded Dynasties and
Corrupt Nature of the Rulers of Kali-yuga

(12) The brahmin will put Candragupta on the throne and his son
Vârisâra will next be succeeded by As'okavardhana.

Chapter 2: Despair and Hope in the Age of Quarrel

(12-16) When the bodies of all living entities by the contamination of Kali-yuga are in decay and the dutifulness of the members of all status-orientations is lost, when the vedic path fit for all men has changed into an atheistic conception of duty, when the kings predominantly act as thieves and men in their various occupations in truth are all lying bandits of meaningless slaughter, when the classes are predominantly [profit-]labor-minded, the cows are not better than goats, the hermitages are just like materialistic homes, family ties do not reach further than the bonds of marriage, when the plants and herbs have reduced in size and all trees are like s'amî trees, when there is always lightning in the clouds and the homes are ruled by loneliness [voidism, impersonalism, see Pranâti], when Kali-yuga is running at its end and the people have become like asses, the Supreme Lord will descend in the mode of pure goodness to defend the dharma.

Chapter 3: The Song of Mother Earth
and Kali-yuga its Remedy

(15) It is rather the repeated discussing and singing about the qualities of the Lord Praised in the Verses, what destroys everything inauspicious. He who desires Lord Krishna's pure devotional service should therefore do that regularly [seeking that association] and hear [about Him] time and again.'

Chapter 4: Pralaya: The Four Types of Annihilation

(11) Next for more than a hundred years the terrible wind of the ultimate destruction [sâmvartaka] will blow and turn the sky gray with dust. (12) Clusters of multicolored clouds dear King, then will pour down rain for a hundred years with tremendous claps of thunder.

(36) The [more or less favorable living] conditions of all living beings subject to transformation, are rapidly and continuously wiped out by the mighty force of the current of Time and constitute the causes of their birth and death.

Chapter 5: Final Instructions to Mahârâja Parîkchit

(8) The soul differing from the gross [deha] and the subtle [linga] body, is self-luminous, and constitutes,
because it is as unchanging as the sky, the foundation [âdhâra] that is eternal and beyond comparison.

Chapter 6: Mahârâja Parîkchit Liberated and
the Veda Handed Down in Four

(9-10) Parîkchit, the saintly king, by the power of reason thereupon placed his mind in his soul, meditated on the Supreme Truth and arrested his breath so that he became as motionless as a tree. On the bank of the Ganges sitting on darbha grass laid to the east, the great yogi, facing the north, broke in perfect realization of the Absolute Spirit with all doubts.

(39) From that [sound] the threefold omkâra [A-U-M] came into being that, manifesting itself unseen, constitutes the representation of the Supreme Lord [Bhagavân], the Absolute Truth [Brahman] and the Supersoul [Paramâtmâ, see also 1.2: 11, B.G. 7: 8].

(74) The mighty sage divided the hundreds of Yajur mantras in fifteen branches that were accepted by the disciples
Kânva, Mâdhyandina and others under the name Vâjasaneyi: 'stemming from the manes of the horse.'

Chapter 7: The Devotion in Samhitâ Branches
and the Ten Topics of the Purânas

(9-10) The creation [of this universe, sarga], the subsequent creation [of different worlds and beings, visarga], the maintenance [the sustenance, the vritti or sthâna] and protection [the rakshâ or poshana of the living beings], the reigns [of the various Manus], the dynasties [vams'as], the narrations about them [vams'a-anucaritam], the annihilation [of different kinds, pralaya or samsthâ], the reason [the individual living entity or hetu] and the supreme shelter [of the Fortunate One or apâs'raya] oh brahmin, are the ten topics characterizing a Purâna as understood by the authorities on the matter. Some state that relative to the greater ones, the smaller Purânas deal with only five of these subjects [see also S'uka on this 2.10: 1-7 and *].

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