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"The Story of the Fortunate One"


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Chapter 19 - 20- 21 - 22 - 23 - 24

Chapter 19: King Yayâti Achieves Liberation:
the Goats of Lust

(20) When one perceives [one's desires] and listens [to them] one should know them to be of a temporary nature. One should not give it any further thought or strive for it. He who is mindful of the fact that they lead to the prolongation of a worldly existence and to forgetfulness about the real self, is a self-realized soul [see also B.G. 2: 13].'


Chapter 20: The Dynasty of Pûru up to Bharata

(8-9) Dushmanta one day went hunting and arrived at the âs'rama of Kanva. There he saw a woman sitting who radiated with a beauty like that of the goddess of fortune. Seeing her he immediately felt himself strongly drawn towards this manifestation of divine feminine beauty. In the company of some of his soldiers he then addressed that finest one of all ladies.

Chapter 21: The Dynasty of Bharata:
the Story of Rantideva

(3-5) Subsisting on that what fate provided he [Rantideva] took pleasure in distributing to others whatever grain of food he had. Being very poor he with all his family members lived most soberly and had to suffer a lot. One morning when forty-eight days had passed and he even was deprived of drinking water, he happened to receive water and different foodstuffs prepared with ghee and milk. While the family was shaky because of the thirst and hunger they suffered, that very moment a brahmin guest arrived who also liked to eat.

Chapter 22: The Descendants of Ajamîdha:
the Pândavas and Kauravas

(21-24) Citrângada was killed by a Gandharva carrying the same name. Vicitravîrya was a younger brother of Citrângada. The sage Parâs'ara gave with his mother [Satyavatî, previous to her marriage to S'ântanu] life to a direct expansion of the Lord, a great muni who protected the Vedas: Krishna Dvaipâyana Vyâsadeva [also called Bâdarâyana], from whom I [S'ukadeva] was born. With him I studied this [Bhâgavatam] thoroughly. He, the [partial] incarnation of the Lord, rejected his pupils Paila and others. But me, his son who was far removed from sense gratification, he taught this supreme literature of confidential knowledge. Vicitravîrya later on married the two daughters of Kâs'îrâja called Ambikâ and Ambâlikâ who by force were brought from the arena of selection. But because he was too attached in his heart to the both of them he died of an infection with tuberculosis.

Chapter 23: The Dynasties of the Sons of Yayâti:
the Appearance of Lord Krishna

(20-21) The Supreme Lord [Krishna], the Supersoul, descended in this dynasty looking just like a human being [see also 1.2: 11]. Yadu fathered four sons who carried the names Sahasrajit, Kroshthâ, Nala and Ripu. S'atajit, the one first born, begot the sons Mahâhaya, Renuhaya and Haihaya.

Chapter 24: The Yadu and Vrishni Dynasties,
Prithâ and the Glory of Lord Krishna

(33) When she saw the godhead appearing before her, she was very surprised and said:
'Forgive me, oh godhead, please return, I only engaged this way to check out what it would do!'

(56) Whenever and wherever there is a decline in dharma and an increase of sinful activities, then, at that time, the Supreme Lord, the Supreme Master Hari, will manifest Himself [see B.G. 4: 7].

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