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"The Story of the Fortunate One"


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Chapter 1: The Curse Upon the Yadu Dynasty

(13-15) [Having arrived there] they were approached by young boys of the Yadu dynasty in a game in which Sâmba the son of Jâmbavatî [see also 10.68] had dressed up in woman's clothes. Feigning humility they took hold of their feet and impudently asked: 'This black-eyed pregnant woman would like to ask you something oh men of learning, but she is too embarrassed to do it herself. Can you tell whether she who is about to give birth and desires a son, will get one?'

Chapter 2: Mahârâja Nimi Meets
the Nine Yogendras

(3) One day Vasudeva said the following to the deva-rishi who came over to his house and was respectfully greeted and worshiped with paraphernalia and a comfortable seat.

(39) Hearing about the all-auspicious appearances and activities of Him with the Wheel in His Hand [see 1.9: 37], of whom the with them associated names are chanted in this world, one should, singing without the material association [of a wife, home and children], freely and without shame move in all directions.

Chapter 3:  Liberation from Mâyâ and Karma
Knowing and Worshiping the Lord

(8) When the dissolution of the material elements is near the [Lord in the form of] Time that is Without a Beginning or an End, withdraws the manifest universe consisting of the gross objects and subtle modes [back] into the unmanifest [see also 3.29: 40-45, 3.26: 51].

(48) Having obtained the mercy [the initiation] of the teacher of example [the âcârya] who shows him what is handed down by tradition, the devotee should worship the Supreme Personality in the particular form he prefers [see also B.G. 3: 35, 7: 20].


Chapter 4: The Activities of Nara-Nârâyana
and the other Avatâras described

(6) He was born from Mûrti, the daughter of Daksha and wife of Dharma [*], as Nara and Nârâyana, the best of sages perfectly of peace. They spoke in favor of performing the duty that is characterized by a cessation of all material activities, and even live today being served by the greatest of sages at Their feet [see B.G. 9: 27 and also 2.7: 6, 4.1: 49: 57, 5.19: 9].

(18) In His fish incarnation [Matsya] He protected Vaivasvata Manu [Satyavrata], the planet earth, and the herbs during the deluge. In His boar incarnation [Varâha] He delivered the earth from the waters and killed the demoniac son of Diti [Hiranyâksha]. In the form of a tortoise [Kurma] He held the mountain [Mandara] upon His back with which the nectar was churned. He [in His transcendental form, Vishnu] freed the king of the elephants [Gajendra] who in his distress surrendered to Him because of the crocodile. (19) He delivered the ascetic sages [the tiny Vâlakhilyas] offering prayers, who had fallen [into the water of a cow's hoof print]. He delivered Indra from being absorbed in darkness after he had killed Vritrâsura. He delivered the wives of the demigods who were helplessly imprisoned in the asura palace [by Bhaumâsura]. He in the form of Nrisimhadeva killed Hiranyakas'ipu, the asura king, in order to free the saintly devotees from fear. (20) As Lord Vâmana He on the pretext of charity took the earth away from Bali and gave her to the sons of Aditi. By His various appearances [the ams'a-avatâras] He during the reign of each Manu protects the worlds. For the sake of the God-fearing souls He [seated on Garuda thus also] killed the daitya leaders in a battle between the gods and demons [see 8.10]. (21) As Lord Paras'urâma He rid the earth of the members of the ruling class and destroyed, as the fire that He descending from Bhrigu was, twenty-seven times the dynasty of Haihaya. As the husband of Sîtâ [Râmacandra] He subdued the ocean and killed Ten-head [Râvana] along with his soldiers on Lankâ. When one tells the stories about the glories of Him who is always victorious, the contamination of the entire world is annihilated. (22) The Unborn Lord will take His birth [as Krishna] in the Yadu dynasty and will, in order to diminish the burden of the earth, perform deeds that are even hard to perform for the demigods. At the end of Kali Yuga He [as the Buddha] with speculative arguments will bewilder those who perform their sacrifices apart from Him [or the traditions]. He [as Lord Kalki] will finally put an end to all low-class rulers.

Chapter 5: Nârada Concludes His
Teachings to Vasudeva

(13) It is enjoined that wine should be accepted by smelling it and that likewise an animal should be killed as prescribed and not by hurting it [the 'wrong' violent way]. Sexual intercourse the same way is there [for conquering the urge] to beget children and not so much for sensual pleasure [B.G. 7: 11]. For this purest fulfillment of duty according to the rules they [the less intelligent ones] have no understanding.

(34) Oh Supreme Personality let me honor Your lotus feet, for You fixed in dharma abandoned upon the words of a brahmin [like Akrûra, S'rî Advaita] the so hard to forsake and by the demigods anxiously desired, opulence of S'rî, oh You who, being of mercy for the ones who are caught in animal nature, [as Râma, Krishna, the Buddha, as Caitanya etc.] went to the distant land [of India, the wilderness, the forest, the desert, into sannyâsa] to pursue Your desired purpose [Your mission, Your dharma, Your presence as the Lord of the devotees, 4*].'

Chapter 6: Retirement on the Advise of Brahmâ
and Uddhava Addressed in Private

(15) You are the cause of the creation, maintenance and annihilation of this [universe]. You are the cause of the unseen, the individual soul and the complete whole of the manifest reality. They say that You, this very same personality, are the time factor controlling all who appears as a wheel divided in three [summer, winter and spring/autumn]. One says that You are the Supreme Personality who in the form of Time uninterrupted in Your flow effects the decay of everything [*].

Chapter 7: Krishna Speaks about the Masters of the Avadhûta
and the Pigeon of Attachment

(33-35) The earth, the air, the sky, the water, the fire, the moon and the sun, the pigeon, the python, the sea, the moth, the honeybee and the elephant, the honey thief, the deer, the fish, the prostitute [Pingalâ], the osprey and the child, the girl, the arrow maker, the serpent, the spider and the wasp, are my twenty-four spiritual masters oh King. From studying their actions I in this life have learned everything about the Self.

Chapter 8: What One Learns from Nature
and the Story of Pingalâ

(7) When someone who did not conquer his senses, sees a woman, he is tempted by that seductive illusory energy of the Lord and lands in darkness, just like a moth lands in the fire. (8) Upon seeing the by mâyâ produced clothing, golden ornaments and so on of the women, a person lacking in discrimination will, with his desire for sense-gratification, feel aroused by lusty desires and no doubt loose his spiritual bearings, just like a moth is destroyed [B.G. 2: 62-63].

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