Bhagavata Purana (Set of 2 Volumes)

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The Bhagavata Purana is a living embodiment of Lord Narayana and is believed to bestow moksha merely by being heard. It consumes the sins of a million lives, it ushers untold fortune, and it is said to be the rarest treasure on earth.

Maharishi Vyasa finds no peace even after composing the awe—inspiring Mahabharata. Narada Muni says to him, ‘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.’

The second volume of the Bhagavata Purana deals almost entirely with the life of Krishna, the eighth avatara of Lord Vishnu—from an innocent toddler to a shrewd ruler and mediator, from his childhood days in Gokul to his defeating Kamsa, from his dalliances -with gopis to his marriages to Rukmini and others. To read this Purana is to be with Krishna.

Veda Vyasa composes the Bhagavata Purana. He teaches it to his illumined son Suka, who then narrates the ‘Secret Purana’ to King Parikshit on the banks of the Ganga.

Contents To The First Volume

Acknowledgement XVII
Skandha 1 1
In the Naimisa vana 3
Narada nad Bhakti 5
The Secret Purana 11
Atmaveda the Brahmana 17
The two brothers 22
Sakadha 2 31
Vyasa and Naraa 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'a questions 70
Suka replies 72
Sakadha 3 75
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
Skandha 4 147
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 decendants of dhruva 195
Vena descendants of Prithu 200
Prithu's anger at the earth 208
Prithu's asvamedha yagnas 213
The sons of prighu 227
The prachetases 246
Skandha 5 249
Priyavrata 251
Agnidhra 255
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
Skandha 6 319
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
Skandha 7 379
The lord is not partial 381
Diti consoled 385
Hiranyakashyapu's tapasya 391
Hiranyakashyapu's 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
Skandha 8 467
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 dinking of the amrita 511
Devasura yuddha 515
Victory 521
Mohini 526
The last seven manvantaras 532
The manvantaras 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 vamna wanted 559
The vamana reveals himself 564
Bali bound 569
Bali saved 572
Balid goes to sutala 576
The matsya avatara 580
Skandha 9 587
The tale of sudyumna 589
Manu's other sons and their descendants 594
The line of saryaati 598
The tale of ambareesha 604
Durvasa and Ambareesha 612
The line of Ambareesha 616
The line of mandhata 623
The legend of sagara 627
Amshuman to khatvaanga 631
Rama avatara 638
Uttara Ramayana 648
Kussa and his descendants 654
The lineage of nimi 656
Pururavas of the house of the moon 659
The legend of parasurama 665
The bloodletting 670
Pururavas other descendants 674
Yayati and devayani 676
Yayati 's relinquishment 681
Dushyanta and bharata 684
Ranti deva the kind one 689
Bheeshma kuru the pandavas and others 693
The sons of yayati and their sons 699
The lineage of krishna 704
Content To The Second Volume

Skandha 10 711
Krishna 713
Before the lord's birth 720
The birth of krishna 726
The devi 732
In gokula 737
Putana moksha 740
Shakatasura and trinavarta 745
Krishna 's boyhood 750
Damodara 756
The salvation of kubera's sons 760
Leaving gokula: The slaying of vatsa and baka 766
The liberation of aghasura 773
Brahma tests krishna 779
Brahma's stotra 786
Dhenuka moksa 795
The chastening of kaliya 801
More about kaliya 809
Pralamba 812
Another fire in the forest 816
The seasons 818
The song of the gopis 824
The gopis colthes 828
Moksha for the brahmana wives 833
The indra yagna 840
A mountain lifted 844
They declare he is god 847
Krishna govinda 850
The vision of brahman and vaikuntha 854
Rasalila: With the gopis 856
The gopis separated from krishna 863
The song of the gopis 868
krishna reppears 872
Raasa krida: the dance of love 876
The salvation of sudarshana and sankhachuda 882
Yugala gitam' 886
Kamsa's resolve 889
The slaying of kesin and vyomasura 896
Akrura comes to gokula 900
Department for mathura 906
Akrura hymns krishna 913
In mathura 918
Before the wrestling 924
Kuvalayapida 929
The death of kamsa 934
After kamsa's death 940
Uddhava goes to vraja 946
Uddhava goes to gopis 952
Trivakra and akrura 962
Akrura's mission 966
Jarasandha 970
Muchukunda finds grace 977
Jarasandha again and the message from Rukmini 983
Rhe abducation of Rukmini 988
Krishna marries Rukmini 994
The birth of pradyumna 1000
The syamantaka 1004
The latter story of the syamantaka 1008
The wives of krishna 1012
The slaying of Naraka 1019
Krishna tests Rukmini 1025
The killing of Rukmini 1033
Aniruddha and usha 1038
The rescue of aniruddha 1042
The tale of nrige 1047
Balarama and yamuna 1052
Paundraka 1056
Dwividha 1061
Samba and the kurus 1064
Krishna the grihasta 1070
Two messengers in dwaraka 1076
To indraprastha 1082
Jarasandha 1089
The liberated kings 1095
Sishupala of chedi 1099
The humiliation of duryodhana 1105
Salva 1111
Salva dies 1120
Dantavakra moksha 1125
The killing of balvala and balarama's tirtha yatra 1129
The tale of sridama 1135
Grace 1141
Festival at samantapanchaka 1148
Krishna's wives speak of him 1154
Vasudeva's yagna at samantapanchaka 1162
Krishna and his parents 1170
The marrieage of subhadra and the tale of srutadeva 1178
The vedas 1189
The tale of vrikasura and rudra 1194
The brahmana's children 1201
Krishna the perfect 1208
Skandha 11 1209
A final task 1211
The sermon of the navayogis 1215
The sermon of the navayogis (Continued) 122
The sermon of the navayogis (Continued) 1230
The sermon of the navayosis (continued) 1235
Krishna near the end of his avatara 1242
Uddhava gita: The avadhuta's Sermon on his gurus 1248
Dattatreya's sermon on his gurus (continued) 1255
Dattatreya's sermon on his gurus (continued) 1260
The limitations of vedic ritualism 1265
Of freedom and bodage 1270
Satsangha: the association with holy men 1276
The song of the hamsa 1280
Bhakti as the supreme way 1285
Siddhis: Occult powers 1290
Manifestations of golry 1295
Varnasrama: the brahmacharin and the girhasta 1300
Varnasrama: Vanaprastha and sannyasa 1307
The spiritual goal exhaustively 1314
Bhakti gyana and karma yoga 1321
The realm of paapa and punya 1326
The atman 1333
The songa of the medicant 1341
Creation and disscolution 1348
Feedom from the gunas 1352
On avoiding evil company 1356
Kriya yoga the rites of devotion 1360
Gyan yoga the way fo konwledge 1366
Krishna's last teaching to uddhava 1372
The end of the yadavas 1378
After krishna leaves the world 1383
Skandha 12 1389
Royal dynasties and their degeneration 1389
The advance of the kali yuga 1393
Overcoming the evils of the kali yuga 1398
The four pralayas 1404
Sri suka's final words 1409
The Emancipation of parikshit 1411
The puranas 1419
The greatness of markandeya 1422
Markandeya's vision 1428
Markandeya and siva 1432
Viswarupa 1436
The skandhas of the bhagavata purana 1441
Final salutations 1447