Srimad Bhagvata Mahapurana Book 11 Chapter 27:48-55

Book 11: Chapter 27

Srimad Bhagvata Mahapurana: Book 11: Chapter 27: Verses 48-55

One can worship Me through whichever of the media (enumerated in verse 9 above), e. g., an image, he conceives a reverence for on a particular occasion; for, being the Soul of the universe. I dwell in all created beings as well as in the self (of the worshipper himself). Worshipping Me as aforesaid in accordance with the courses of worship taught in the Vedas as also in the Tantras, a man secures at My hands success of the kind coveted by him both here and hereafter. One (who can afford to do so) should cause a strong (enduring) house of worship to be built and, having duly installed My image (in it), should (further) cause beautiful flower-gardens to be laid out and make a (formal) grant (in favour of the temple) of fields, markets, towns or villages helpful for the (daily) worship, (occasional) congregations (on sacred days) and festivals. G ranting these for the regular (and uninterrupted) conduct of worship etc., from day to day as well as on specially sacred days, one bids fair to enjoy a fortune as great as Mine. Through installation (of an image) one bids fair to acquire sovereignty of the entire globe; by erecting a temple he is sure to attain dominion of (all) the three worlds; through worship etc., one can hope to reach the realm of Brahma and through all these three (combined) one can attain a state of equality with Me. He who worships Me as aforesaid secures union (in thought with Me) through Devotion and through (such) course of disinterested Devotion one attains to Me alone. He who takes away the endowment made either by himself or by others in favour of (the image of) a deity or a Brahmana continues for ten crores of years to be born as a creature living on ordure. Such a destiny (whether good or bad as depicted in verses 49 to 54 above) awaits hereafter the agent as well as his assistant, prompter and supporter too, since each (of them) is a partner in the act; and the reward or punishment is greater according as the action is more dignified or atrocious.

Thus ends the twenty-seventh discourse in Book Eleven of the

great and glorious Bhagavata-Purana, otherwise known as the Paramahamsa-Samhita.



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