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"The Story of the Fortunate One"


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Chapter 1: The Supreme Lord Is Equal to Everyone

(13) Concerning this [destruction/protection plan] in the past upon the request of King Yudhishthhira, the man without enemies, the following story was lovingly told by the great sage of enlightenment [Nârada] at the grand sacrifice.

Chapter 2: Hiranyakas'ipu, the King of the Demons, on Bereavement

(37) S'rî Yamarâja said: 'Ah, how can you people older than me who saw the law of nature ruling every day of your lives, be this bewildered? You yourselves will return to the same nature this man returned to. Yet you weep uselessly  [compare B.G. 2: 28]!

Chapter 3: Hiranyakas'ipu's Plan to Become Immortal

(29) Operating through the life force, you constitute the factual control of the moving and immobile creatures. You are the origin of all activities and the mastermind and source of insight of all living beings. You are the great Lord of the knowing and acting senses, the controller of the material elements, their qualities and the mind thereabout [compare B.G. 7: 7].

Chapter 4: Hiranyakas'ipu Terrorizes the Universe

(8) Situated in the pleasure garden of the gods with the riches of all opulence, he thus resided in the highest world. Living in the palace of the king of heaven as created by Vis'vakarmâ, the great Asura architect, he, in control of all the wealth of the entire universe, dominated the three worlds from that abode of Lakshmî.

Chapter 5: Prahlâda Mahârâja, the Saintly Son of Hiranyakas'ipu

(30) S'rî Prahlâda said: 'Persons swearing by a worldly existence develop a life leading to hell, for they fail in their sense control and repeatedly chew the chewed. They are never inclined toward Krishna [see B.G. 4: 4-5] because of what others tell them, out of their own understanding or by a combination of the two [see also B.G. 2: 44].

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