A Study of the Bhâgavata Purâna or Esoteric Hinduism
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A Study of the Bhâgavata Purâna or Esoteric Hinduism

By Purnendu Narayana Sinha
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  • A Study of the Bhâgavata Purâna
  • Transcriber's Note
  • PREFACE.
    • Table of Contents
  • SKANDHA I.
    • THE IDEAL OF BHÂGAVATA PURÂNA: A DISCOURSE BETWEEN VYÂSA AND NÂRADA.
    • ACCOUNT OF NARADA.
    • VIRAT PURUSHA.
  • SKANDHA II.
    • THE PURUSHA IN ALL HEARTS.
    • THE DEATH OF THE YOGI AND AFTER.
    • WHAT MEN ARE TO DO AND WHAT THEY ARE NOT TO DO.
    • THE BHAGÂVATA PURÂNA AS RELATED BY BRAHMÂ TO NÂRADA.
      • I. THE CREATION.
      • II. PRESERVATION BY LILÂ AVATÂRAS.
      • THOUGHTS ON THE ABOVE.
      • THE BHÂGAVATA PURÂNA AND ITS PARTS.
    • I. THE CREATION.
    • II. PRESERVATION BY LILÂ AVATÂRAS.
    • THOUGHTS ON THE ABOVE.
    • THE BHÂGAVATA PURÂNA AND ITS PARTS.
  • SKANDHA III.
    • BHÂGAVATA AS RELATED BY MAITREYA TO VIDURA.
      • I.--THE CREATION
      • THOUGHTS ON THE ABOVE
      • II. — VASUDEVA AND SANKARSHANA.
      • III. — THE CREATION BY BRAHMA.
      • THOUGHTS ON THE ABOVE.
      • IV. DIVISIONS OF KÂLA.
      • V.-THE CREATION BY BRAHMA (Continued) III. 12.
      • PRE-MANVANTARIC CREATION.
    • I.--THE CREATION
    • THOUGHTS ON THE ABOVE
    • II. — VASUDEVA AND SANKARSHANA.
    • III. — THE CREATION BY BRAHMA.
    • THOUGHTS ON THE ABOVE.
    • IV. DIVISIONS OF KÂLA.
    • V.-THE CREATION BY BRAHMA (Continued) III. 12.
    • PRE-MANVANTARIC CREATION.
    • THE FIRST OR THE SVAYAMBHUVA MANVANTARA.
      • VI. BHÛR AND VARAHA
      • THOUGHTS ON THE ABOVE.
      • VII. THE STORY OF HIRANYÂKSHA.
      • THOUGHTS ON HIRANYÂKSHA.
      • VIII. DEVA AND DEVA-YONI CREATION.
      • IX. THE PROGENY OF KARDAMA.
      • THOUGHTS ON KARDAMA.
      • X. KAPILA'S INSTRUCTION TO HIS MOTHER DEVAHÛTI.
    • VI. BHÛR AND VARAHA
    • THOUGHTS ON THE ABOVE.
    • VII. THE STORY OF HIRANYÂKSHA.
    • THOUGHTS ON HIRANYÂKSHA.
    • VIII. DEVA AND DEVA-YONI CREATION.
    • IX. THE PROGENY OF KARDAMA.
    • THOUGHTS ON KARDAMA.
    • X. KAPILA'S INSTRUCTION TO HIS MOTHER DEVAHÛTI.
  • SKANDHA IV.
    • THE GENEALOGY OF MANU AND THE RISHIS.
    • GENERAL REMARKS ON THE TABLES.
      • TABLE A.
      • TABLE B.
      • TABLE C.
      • TABLE D.
      • TABLE E.
      • TABLE F.
      • TABLE G.
      • TABLE H.
      • TABLE I.
      • TABLE J.
      • TABLE K.
      • TABLE L.
    • TABLE A.
    • TABLE B.
    • TABLE C.
    • TABLE D.
    • TABLE E.
    • TABLE F.
    • TABLE G.
    • TABLE H.
    • TABLE I.
    • TABLE J.
    • TABLE K.
    • TABLE L.
    • THE QUARREL BETWEEN ŚIVA AND DAKSHA.
    • THOUGHTS ON THE ABOVE.
      • TABLE M.
      • TABLE N.
    • TABLE M.
    • TABLE N.
  • SKANDHA V.
    • TABLE V. PRIYAVRATA.
    • THOUGHTS ON THE LINE OF PRIYA VRATA.
    • THE EARTH CHAIN, BHUVANA KOSHA.
    • ILAVRITA IS THE CENTRAL VARSHA.
    • THE GANGES.
    • THE MYSTERIES OF THE VARSHAS.
    • THE DVIPAS.
    • SVAR AND BHUVAR.
    • THE SUN.
    • THE PLANETS AND STARS.
    • THE PÂTÂLAS
    • ANANTA.
    • THE NARAKAS.
  • SKANDHA VI.
    • THE STORY OF AJÂMILA
    • THE PROGENY OF DAKSHA.
    • THE PROGENY OF DHARMA.
    • THE PROGENY OF BHUTA.
    • THE PROGENY OF ANGIRASA.
    • THE PROGENY OF KRISASVA.
    • THE PROGENY OF TARKSHA.
    • THE PROGENY OF KASYAPA
    • THE STORY OF VIVSVARÛPA.
    • THE STORY OF VRITRU.
    • THE STORY OF CHITRAKETU.
    • THE DAITYAS.
    • THE MARUTS.
  • SKANDHA VII.
    • THE MYSTERIES ABOUT THE SURAS AND THE ASURAS.
    • THOUGHTS ON THE ABOVE.
      • I. Hiranyâksha and Hiranyakasipu.
      • II. Râvana and Kumbhakarna.
    • I. Hiranyâksha and Hiranyakasipu.
    • II. Râvana and Kumbhakarna.
    • THE STORY OF HIRANYAKASIPU.
    • HIRANYAKASIPU AND PRAHLÂDA.
    • THE PRAYER OF PRAHLÂDA
    • VARNA AND ASHRAMA.
  • SKANDHA VIII.
    • YAJNA.
    • THE SECOND MANVANTARA.
    • THE THIRD MANVANTARA.
    • THE FOURTH MANVANTARA.
    • THE STORY OF THE ELEPHANT KING.
    • THE FIFTH MANVANTARA.
    • THE SIXTH MANVANTARA.
    • THE CHURNING OF THE OCEAN.
    • THOUGHTS ON THE ABOVE.
    • THE SEVENTH MANVANTARA.
    • THE EIGHTH MANVANTARA.
    • THE NINTH MANVANTARA.
    • THE TENTH MANVANTARA.
    • THE ELEVENTH MANVANTARA.
    • THE TWELFTH MANVANTARA.
    • THE THIRTEENTH MANVANTARA.
    • THE FOURTEENTH MANVANTARA.
    • THE ADMINISTRATION OF A MANVANTARA
    • THE STORY OF BALI.
    • THOUGHTS ON THE ABOVE.
    • THE MATSYA AVATARA.
  • SKANDHA IX.
    • THE VAIVASVATA MANVANTARA.
      • SUDYUMNA.
      • IKSHVÂKU BROTHERS.
    • SUDYUMNA.
    • IKSHVÂKU BROTHERS.
    • THE LUNAR DYNASTY.
    • THE LUNAR DYNASTY (Continued).
    • THOUGHTS ON THE VAIVASVATA MANVANTARA.
  • THE TENTH SKANDHA.
    • VRINDÂVANA LILÂ
      • THE BIRTH OF SRI KRISHNA.
      • COUNSEL WITH THE DAITYAS.
      • NANDA AND VASUDEVA.
      • PUTANÂ
      • THE UPTURNING OF THE CART.
      • TRINAVARTA OR THE WHIRLWIND.
      • THE NAMES "KRISHNA" AND "RAMA."
      • PRANKS OF THE BOY.
      • THE TYING.
      • THE ARJUNA TREES.
      • THE FRUIT SELLER.
      • VRINDAVANA.
      • VATSA OR THE CALF.
      • BAKA OR THE CRANE.
      • AGHA OR THE SERPENT.
      • BRAHMA AND KRISHNA.
      • DHENUKA.
      • THE KÂLIYA SERPENT AND THE FIRE.
      • PRALAMBA.
      • THE FOREST CONFLAGRATION.
      • THE RAINY SEASON.
      • THE AUTUMN.
      • SRI KRISHNA AND THE GOPIS.
      • THE STEALING OF CLOTHES.
      • KRISHNA AND VEDIC YAJNA (SUMMER AGAIN.)
      • INDRA AND THE RAISING OF GO-VARDHANA. THE INSTALLATION.
      • KRISHNA AND VARUNA, KRISHNA AND THE GOPAS.
      • THE FIVE CHAPTERS ON RÂSA
      • THE RÂSA.
      • SUDARSANA.
      • SANKHA CHÛDA.
      • THE SEPARATION SONG OF THE GOPIS.
      • ARISHTA.
      • NÂRADA AND KANSA.
      • KESI.
      • VYOMA.
      • AKRÛRA.
      • MATHURÂ.
      • THE WRESTLING.
      • THE DEATH OF KANSA.
      • THE THREAD CEREMONY AND BRAHMACHARYA.
      • UDDHAVA AND VRAJA.
      • THOUGHTS ON THE VRINDÂVANA LILÂ.
      • THE RÂSA.
    • THE BIRTH OF SRI KRISHNA.
    • COUNSEL WITH THE DAITYAS.
    • NANDA AND VASUDEVA.
    • PUTANÂ
    • THE UPTURNING OF THE CART.
    • TRINAVARTA OR THE WHIRLWIND.
    • THE NAMES "KRISHNA" AND "RAMA."
    • PRANKS OF THE BOY.
    • THE TYING.
    • THE ARJUNA TREES.
    • THE FRUIT SELLER.
    • VRINDAVANA.
    • VATSA OR THE CALF.
    • BAKA OR THE CRANE.
    • AGHA OR THE SERPENT.
    • BRAHMA AND KRISHNA.
    • DHENUKA.
    • THE KÂLIYA SERPENT AND THE FIRE.
    • PRALAMBA.
    • THE FOREST CONFLAGRATION.
    • THE RAINY SEASON.
    • THE AUTUMN.
    • SRI KRISHNA AND THE GOPIS.
    • THE STEALING OF CLOTHES.
    • KRISHNA AND VEDIC YAJNA (SUMMER AGAIN.)
    • INDRA AND THE RAISING OF GO-VARDHANA. THE INSTALLATION.
    • KRISHNA AND VARUNA, KRISHNA AND THE GOPAS.
    • THE FIVE CHAPTERS ON RÂSA
    • THE RÂSA.
    • SUDARSANA.
    • SANKHA CHÛDA.
    • THE SEPARATION SONG OF THE GOPIS.
    • ARISHTA.
    • NÂRADA AND KANSA.
    • KESI.
    • VYOMA.
    • AKRÛRA.
    • MATHURÂ.
    • THE WRESTLING.
    • THE DEATH OF KANSA.
    • THE THREAD CEREMONY AND BRAHMACHARYA.
    • UDDHAVA AND VRAJA.
    • THOUGHTS ON THE VRINDÂVANA LILÂ.
    • THE RÂSA.
    • MATHURÂ LILÂ
      • THE HUNCH-BACKED GIRL AND THE PÂNDAVAS.
      • JARA SANDHA, YAVANA AND DVARAKA.
      • MUCHUKUNDA
    • THE HUNCH-BACKED GIRL AND THE PÂNDAVAS.
    • JARA SANDHA, YAVANA AND DVARAKA.
    • MUCHUKUNDA
    • DVARAKA LILÂ.
      • RUKMINI.
      • PRADYUMNA.
      • THE JEWEL SYAMANTAKA, JAMBAVATI AND SATYABHAMA.
      • SYAMANTAKA, AKRURA, KRITAVARMAN AND SATA DHANU:
      • THE OTHER WIVES OF SRI KRISHNA.
      • KRISHNA AND RUKMINI.
      • THE SONS OF KRISHNA.
      • THE DEATH OF RUKMIN.
      • BANA.
      • NRIGA.
      • BALARÂMA AND THE DRAWING OF THE YAMUNÂ.
      • POUNDRAKA AND THE KING OF KÂSÎ (BENARES).
      • DVI-VID (MONKEY).
      • SÂMBA, LAKSHANÂ AND BALARÂMA.
      • NARADA AND THE WIVES OF SRI KRISHNA.
      • THE RAJA SUYA AND JARASANDHA.
      • SISUPÂLA.
      • THE SLIGHT OF DURYODHANA.
      • SÂLVA.
      • DANTA VAKRA AND VIDURATHA.
      • BALARÂMA AND THE DEATH OF ROMAHARSHANA.
      • SRÎDÂMAN.
      • THE MEETING AT KURUKSHETRA.
      • VASUDEVA, DEVAKI, AND THEIR DEAD SONS.
      • ARJUNA AND SUBHADRÂ
      • SRUTADEVA AND BAHULÂSVA.
      • THE PRAYER TO BRAHMAN BY THE SRUTIS.
      • THE RESTORATION OF BRAHMAN BOYS TO LIFE.
    • RUKMINI.
    • PRADYUMNA.
    • THE JEWEL SYAMANTAKA, JAMBAVATI AND SATYABHAMA.
    • SYAMANTAKA, AKRURA, KRITAVARMAN AND SATA DHANU:
    • THE OTHER WIVES OF SRI KRISHNA.
    • KRISHNA AND RUKMINI.
    • THE SONS OF KRISHNA.
    • THE DEATH OF RUKMIN.
    • BANA.
    • NRIGA.
    • BALARÂMA AND THE DRAWING OF THE YAMUNÂ.
    • POUNDRAKA AND THE KING OF KÂSÎ (BENARES).
    • DVI-VID (MONKEY).
    • SÂMBA, LAKSHANÂ AND BALARÂMA.
    • NARADA AND THE WIVES OF SRI KRISHNA.
    • THE RAJA SUYA AND JARASANDHA.
    • SISUPÂLA.
    • THE SLIGHT OF DURYODHANA.
    • SÂLVA.
    • DANTA VAKRA AND VIDURATHA.
    • BALARÂMA AND THE DEATH OF ROMAHARSHANA.
    • SRÎDÂMAN.
    • THE MEETING AT KURUKSHETRA.
    • VASUDEVA, DEVAKI, AND THEIR DEAD SONS.
    • ARJUNA AND SUBHADRÂ
    • SRUTADEVA AND BAHULÂSVA.
    • THE PRAYER TO BRAHMAN BY THE SRUTIS.
    • THE RESTORATION OF BRAHMAN BOYS TO LIFE.
    • THE LINE OF KRISHNA.
    • THOUGHTS ON THE MATHURÂ LILÂ.
    • THOUGHTS ON THE DVÂRAKÂ
    • THE WIVES.
  • THE ELEVENTH SKANDHA
    • THE MUSHALA. XI. I.
    • THE BHÂGAVATÂ PATH.
    • KRISHNA AND UDDHAVA.
    • SELF-INSTRUCTION.
    • ÂTMÂ A REFUTATION OF THE SCHOOL OF JAIMINI.
    • BONDAGE AND LIBERATION.
    • SÂDHU AND BHAKTI.
    • WHY GIVE UP ALL KARMA
    • THE GUNAS.
    • HOW TO WITHDRAW FROM THE OBJECTS OF THE SENSES.
    • BHAKTI YOGA.
    • MEDITATION.
    • THE SIDDHIS
    • THE VIBHÛTIS OR POWERS OF THE LORD.
    • VARNA AND ASRAMA RULES.
    • WHAT ONE IS TO DO FOR MOKSHA.
    • THE SADHANAS OR EXPEDIENTS.
    • THE THREE PATHS: KARMA, JNÂNA AND BHAKTI.
    • GUNA AND DOSHA OR RIGHT AND WRONG
    • THE TATVAS.
    • PRAKRITI AND PURUSHA.
    • RE-INCARNATION.
    • FORBEARANCE.
    • SANKHYA.
    • SATVA RAJAS AND TAMAS.
    • COMPANY.
    • KRIYA YOGA AND IDOL WORSHIP.
    • JNÂNA YOGA.
    • BHAKTI YOGA.
    • THE END.
  • THE TWELFTH SKANDHA.
    • PRALAYA.
    • THOUGHTS ON PRALAYA.
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