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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 Vārisāra 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 are in decay from the contamination of Kali-yuga, when the dutifulness of the members of all status-orientations is lost, when the Vedic path for all man has changed into a predominantly atheistic sense of duty, when the kings [or governors] mainly consist of thieves, and the people in their various occupations are lying criminals of useless violence [against specially animals], when the societal classes as good as all are engaged in profit-minded labor, cows have the same value as goats, the hermitages hardly can be distinguished from materialistic households, family bonds do not reach beyond the ties of marriage, when the plants and herbs are mostly small sized and all trees are like s'amī trees, when there is always lightning in the clouds and the homes are ruled by loneliness [voidism and impersonalism, see Pranāti], when Kali-yuga is running at its end and the people behave 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 [sāmvartaka]
will blow
and turn the sky gray with dust.

(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 Mahārāja Parīkchit

(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 [ādhāra] that is eternal and beyond comparison.

Chapter 6: Mahārāja Parīkchit Liberated and
the Veda Handed Down in Four

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

(39) From that [sound] the threefold omkāra [A-U-M] came into being that, manifesting itself unseen, constitutes the representation of the Supreme Lord [Bhagavān], the Absolute Truth [Brahman] and the Supersoul [Paramātmā, 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 Kānva, Mādhyandina and others under the name Vājasaneyi: 'stemming from the manes of the horse.'

Chapter 7: The Devotion in Samhitā Branches
and the Ten Topics of the Purānas

(9-10) The creation [of this universe, sarga], the subsequent creation [of different worlds and beings, visarga], the maintenance [the sustenance, the vritti or sthāna] and protection [the rakshā 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 samsthā], the reason [the individual living entity or hetu] and the supreme shelter [of the Fortunate One or apās'raya], oh brahmin, are the ten topics characterizing a Purāna as understood by the authorities on the matter. Some state that relative to the greater ones, the smaller Purānas deal with only five of these subjects [see also S'uka on this 2.10: 1-7 and *].

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