Bhagavata Purana


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Even after he has composed the awesome Mahabharata, the Maharishi Vyasa finds no peace. Narada Muni says to him, 'Ordinary men will be delighted by your work, but what about the sages of heaven and earth? Can swans that swim upon the Manasa Sarovara be delighted by the lakes of Bharatavarsha? You have described the human life, its strife and its ends, but you have not yet described the Lord himself. You must turn your great gift to that task; only then will you find peace.'

Veda Vyasa composes the Bhagavata Purana, in eighteen thousand slokas and twelve kandas. He teaches it to his illumined son Suka, who narrates the 'Secret Purana' (which even the Devas do not possess, which Ananta Sesha recites from his thousand mouths) to Yudhishtira's heir, King Parikshit, on the banks of the Ganga.

No other Indian scripture claims that it can bestow Moksha merely by being heard; but the Bhagavata Purana is a living embodiment of the Lord Narayana.

Just before Krishna, the Avatara, leaves the world, Uddhava says to him, 'The kali yuga has begun and evil will rise up and seize the earth. Who will be our light in the gathering night? Leave us a tangible form, Lord, in which we can find you, touch you, and be near you.

Krishna enters the Bhagavata Purana with all of his being: to read this amrita Purana is to be with Krishna. It consumes the sins of a million lives, it bestows untold fortune, and it is said to be the rarest treasure on earth.

This book is a full literary rendering of the Bhagavata Purana, bringing all the wonder, wisdom and grace of the Book of God to the modern reader.

Ramesh Menon was born in 1951 in New Delhi. He has retold the Siva Purana and the Devi Bhagavati, written modern renderings of the Mahabharata and Ramayana, and juxtaposed the holy Bhagavad Gita and Krishna's life from the Bhagavata Purana in his book Krishna: Life and Song of the Blue God.


Item Code: IDI694
Cover: Hardcover
Edition: 2007
Publisher: Rupa Publication Pvt. Ltd.
ISBN: 8129109956
Size: 9.0" X 6.0
Pages: 1449
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Acknowledgements xvii
In the Naimisa Vana 3
Narada and Bhakti 5
The Secret Purana 11
Atmaveda, the Brahmana 17
The Two Brothers 22
Vyasa and Narada 33
Narada's past life 36
The Story of Parikshit 40
A Sudra, a Bull and a Cow 41
The Curse 44
On the Banks of the Ganga 47
Virata Purusha 50
The Way of Dhyana 52
Narada Questions Brahma 56
Creation 59
The Avataras of the Lord 63
Whom the Lord Blesses 67
Parikshit's Questions 70
Suka Replies 72
Krishna, Uddhava and Vidura 77
The Beginning of Creation 79
Adi Varaha 83
Daksha's Daughter, Diti 85
The Arrogant Dwarapalakas 88
Kardama's Penance 97
Devahuti 102
The Perfect Wife 105
Kapila Vasudeva 110
Devahuti and her Son 113
Samkhya: the Teachings of Kapila 117
The Ashtanga Yoga, the Eight-Fold Path 125
Bhakti Yoga, and the Power of Time 129
Samsara and the Narakas 133
The Torments of the Jiva, the Rajasi Gati 136
Bhaktiyoga, the High Road 139
The Enlightenment of Devahuti 142
Svayambhuva Manu's Daughters 149
Daksha and Siva 155
On Kailasa 159
The Razing of Daksha's Yagna 166
The Mercy of Siva 169
The Tale of Dhruva 177
Dhruva invades Alaka 188
The Descendants of Dhruva 195
Vena and the Birth of Prithu 200
Prithu's Anger at the Earth 208
Prithu's Anger at the Earth 213
The Sons of Prithu 227
The Prachetases 246
Nabhi and the Birth of Rishabha 258
Bharata, the Great 267
Jada Bharata 271
The Palanquin Bearer 276
Bharata's Dynasty 284
The Geography of Legend 287
The Six Other Dwipas 297
The Sun 303
The Moon and the Planets 305
Vishnupada: Dhruva and the Sishumara Chakra 307
The Narakas 314
The Story of Ajamila 321
The Descendants of Daksha 330
Brihaspati Forsakes the Devas 339
Vritrasura 346
Indra 355
The Curse of Parvati 367
The Birth of the Maruts 370
The Lord is not Partial 381
Diti Consoled 385
Hiranyakashyapu's and Tapasya 391
Hiranyakashyapu and Prahlada 395
Prahlada's Sermon 405
Knowing the Self 409
The Death of Hiranyakashyapu 415
The Hymn of Prahlada 422
The Story of Prahlada 431
The Varnas of Men and their Dharma 438
The Dharma of Brahmacharins and Vanaprasthas 443
The Sannyasi's Way 447
The Way of the Grihasta 453
Moksha, the Final Ideal 458
The First Four Manvantaras 469
The Lord of Elephants in Danger 473
The Hymn of Gajendra 477
The Lineage of Gajendra 481
Before the Churning of the Kshirasagara 485
The Later Hymn of Brahma 492
Kaalakuta 497
Lakshmi, Amrita and Mohini 504
The Drinking of the Amrita 511
Devasura Yuddha 515
Victory 521
Mohini 526
The Last Seven Manvantaras 532
The Manvantara 536
The Ascent of Mahabali 538
Kashyapa teaches Aditi the Payovrata 544
Aditi's Vision 551
Vamana Comes to Mahabali's Yagna 555
What the Vamana Wanted 559
The Vamana Reveals Himself 564
Bali Bound 569
Bali Saved 572