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"The Story of the Fortunate One"


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Chapter 25: The Three Modes of Nature and Beyond

(1) The Supreme Lord said: 'Oh best of persons, try to understand what I am about to say concerning the way someone is influenced by a certain mode of My material nature [*]. (2-5) With the basic quality 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, a desire for blessings, separatism, sense gratification, rashness, love of praise, ridicule, display of valor and hard sanctioning. With the natural quality of ignorance one runs into intolerance, greed, deceitfulness, violence, attention seeking, hypocrisy, listlessness, quarrel, lamentation, delusion, the suffering of depression, sloth, false expectations, fear and indolence. These, one after the other described by Me, constitute the majority of the effects of the modes. Hear now about their combinations [see also B.G. 14].

Chapter 26: The Song of Purūravā

(4) The descendant of Ilā [called Aila or Purūravā, see also 9.14: 15-16], the well-known great emperor, sang the following mighty song when he, bewildered being separated from Urvas'ī, in resignation managed to restrain his grief.

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], being painted, in sand, in jewels and as an image kept in mind.

Chapter 28: Jńāna Yoga or the
Denomination and the Real

(4) What would be good or what would be bad in this unreal, deceptive material duality that,
considered by the mind and put into words, results in a false [insufficient] image of reality

(30) A normal living being affected by the work he performs, his karma, impelled by sometimes this and then again that impulse, remains in that position until the moment he dies. But someone intelligent is, despite 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'rī 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 were brimming with tears.

Chapter 30: The Disappearance of the Yadu-dynasty

(5) The Supreme Lord said: 'Oh best of the Yadus, considering these fearful, great and inauspicious omens, which are like the flags of the king of death, we should not stay a moment longer here in Dvārakā.

(33) His foot that had the form of a deer's face, was [then] pierced by an arrow of a hunter named Jarā who thought he saw a deer. The arrow was fashioned from a fragment of the iron that had remained [from the by the brahmins cursed club that had been destroyed, see 11.1: 23].

Chapter 31: The Ascension of Lord Krishna

(1) S'rī S'uka said: 'Then Brahmā arrived there [in Prabhāsa], along with S'iva
with his consort, the demigods led by Indra, the sages and the masters of mankind.

(7) And while in heaven kettledrums resounded and flowers fell from the sky, Truth, Righteousness, Constancy, Fame and Beauty followed Him as He left the earth  [*, 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]. Anyone who proclaims them will attain the transcendental devotional service that is the destination of the perfect sages [the paramahamsas].'

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