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"The Story of the Fortunate One"


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

Chapter 8: Mârkandeya Resists All Temptation
and Prays to Nara-Nârâyana Rish

(23) The servants of Indra found him sitting there in meditation after having offered
his sacrificial oblations, with his eyes closed as invincible as fire personified.

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

(21)  Upon a branch of it toward the northeast he 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 mighty Lord said: 'I am sure that the brahmin seer does not desire any benedictions in any field, not even liberation, for he has achieved the transcendental devotional service unto the Supreme Lord, the Inexhaustible Original Person. (7) Nevertheless Bhavânî, let us talk to this pure devotee. It is indeed man's highest achievement to gain the association of saintly souls.' "

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

(11-12) His material energy consisting of different combinations of the natural 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 carried by the Godhead in the form of His makara ['sea-monster'] earrings, and His crown, freeing all the worlds from fear, represents the superior [transcendental] position.

(45) All these [personalities] constitute the glories of Vishnu, the Supreme Personality of Godhead in the form of the sun god; they take away the sinful reactions of everyone who in the morning and the evening, day after day remember them.

Chapter 12: The Topics of S'rîmad-Bhâgavatam

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

(27) [It is] the dynasty in which the Supreme Lord known as Krishna, the Master of the Universe, descended in the house of Vasudeva. Subsequently His birth [10.3] and how He grew up in Gokula are described [10.4-10].

(55) The remembrance of Lord Krishna's lotus feet destroys everything inauspicious and leads to good fortune. Connected in knowledge, wisdom and detachment one with devotion unto the Supreme Soul arrives at purification of the heart.

Chapter 13: The Glories of S'rîmad-Bhâgavatam

(19) I meditate upon the incomparable torch light of the Immortal Supreme Immaculate Pure Truth Free from Sorrow who long ago revealed this transcendental knowledge to the deity ['Ka' or Brahmâ], who transferred it to Nârada the great sage who delivered it by means of his personal form to Krishna Dvaipâyana Vyâsa who next handed it down to the king of the yogis [S'ukadeva] who on his turn was as merciful to reveal it to [Parîkchit] the grace of the Fortunate One.

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