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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 still the repeatedly discussing and singing about the qualities of the Lord who is Praised in the Verses which destroys everything inauspicious; he who desires Lord Krishna's untainted devotional service should therefore forthwith engage in regularly being of that listening.'

Chapter 4: Pralaya: The Four Types of Annihilation

(11) Next a terrible wind will blow for more than a hundred years and bring annihilation covering the sky gray with dust.

(36) The various conditions [stages of existence] of the things subject to change are swiftly overtaken by the force of the mighty current of Time; they constitute the proof of their constantly being born and annihilated [called nityah pralaya].

Chapter 5: Final Instructions to Mahârâja Parîkchit

(8) The soul being different from the gross [deha] and the subtle [linga], 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, putting his mind to his soul by the power of reason, meditated upon the Supreme and arrested his breath so that he became as motionless as a tree. Sitting upon darbha grass laid to the east on the bank of the Ganges the great yogi, facing the north, broke in perfect realization of God with all doubts.

(39) From that activity the threefold omkâra came into being which, manifesting itself without that its power is seen, is 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) With the hundreds of Yajur mantras the mighty sage contrived fifteen branches and accepted by the
disciples Kânva and Mâdhyandina under the name Vâjaseneyi: 'produced 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 motivation [of individuality or hetu] and the supreme shelter [of the Fortunate One or apâs'raya], o 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 lesser Purânas deal only with five of these subjects [see also S'uka on this 2.10: 1-7 and *].

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