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"The Story of the Fortunate One"


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Chapter 16 - 17 - 18 - 19 - 20

Chapter 16: How the Lord can be Comprehended as a Matter of Fact

(5) The width of this area all around the earth [our material 'island'], this space inside the whorl of the lotus flower
[of the galaxy unfolding in the night] which is as round as a lotus leaf, measures a terrible number of yojanas [or light years as we say these

Chapter 17: The Descent of the River Ganges

S'iva meditating in trance

  (16) In the company of Bhavânî there are ten billion women who always serve the in four expanded Supreme Lord. The fourth expansion of the Supreme Personality, known as Sankarshana, constitutes the source of His form in the mode of ignorance. Lord S'iva, in trance meditating on Him, calls Him into his heart by reciting the following in worship.

Chapter 18: Prayers to the different Avatâras


(15) The Supreme Lord resides in Ketumâla in the form of Kâmadeva [or also Pradyumna, see 4.24: 35], according to His wish to satisfy the Goddess of Fortune as also the sons [the days] and the daughters [the nights] of the founding father [Samvatsara, the deity of the year], who rule the land and of whom there are as many as there are days and nights in a human lifetime. The fetuses of these daughters, whose minds are upset by the radiation of the mighty weapon [the cakra] of the Supreme Personality, are ruined and after one year expelled dead [from the womb] as miscarriages.

Chapter 19: The prayers of Hanumân and Nârada
and the glories of Bhârata-varsha

(2) Together with Ârshthishena [the leader of Kimpurusha] attentively listening to the most auspicious stories
about his master and Lordship, sung by a company of Gandharvas, he [Hanumân] himself prays this:

Chapter 20: The structure of the Different Dvîpas and
the Prayers by their Different Peoples


(2) The way Mount Meru is surrounded by the dvîpa of Jambû, that dvîpa on its turn is [as seen from the inside] surrounded by a salty ocean that is just as wide. That ocean is surrounded, like a moat by a park, by the dvîpa of Plaksha that stretches out twice as much. It was named after the plaksha tree that is as tall as a jambû but twice as wide. At  the root of that tree which rises magnificently splendorous, there is a fire that counts seven flames. The master of that dvîpa is the son of Priyavrata named Idhmajihva. When he retired for the yoga of self-realization he divided the dvîpa into seven varshas that he named after his seven sons.

(39) By the source of the self who is the spiritual teacher of the entire universe [Brahmâ] the four gaja-patis ['the best of all elephants'] Rishabha, Pushkaracûda, Vâmana and Aparâjit are established in the four directions on top of that [formation], in order to take care of the stability of the different planets in the universe.

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