Srimad Bhagvata Mahapurana Book 3 Chapter 7:34-42

Book 3: Chapter 7

Srimad Bhagvata Mahapurana: Book 3: Chapter 7: Verses 34-42
Vidura's questions

What is the reward of charitable gifts, austere penance, sacrificial acts and works of public utility (such as the digging of wells and tanks, the construction of roads and temples, the cultivation of gardens etc.)? What are the duties of one living abroad as well as of a man in adverse circumstances ? Also tell me, O sinless Maitreya, the means by which Lord Sri Krsna (who is invoked by His devotees), the source of piety, can be propitiated, and what type of men are able to win His pleasure. Teachers who are kind to the meek, O chief of the Brahmanas, tell their devoted pupils and sons even what they may not have asked. In how many ways, O worshipful sage, do these elements (earth etc.) return to their source (Primordial Matter)? And who wait on Him even during a Pralaya and who get merged in Him while He is in Yoganidra ? What is the true nature of the Jiva (embodied soul) and the essential character of the Supreme ? What is the wisdom taught by the Upanisads and what, again, is the use a teacher has for his pupil and vice versa ? Then, what are the means suggested by the wise, O sinless one, for attaining that wisdom? For neither spiritual enlightenment nor Devotion nor dispassion can be had by itself. Therefore, being friendly disposed towards me, kindly answer these questions of mine, that I have asked with intent to acquaint myself with the exploits of Sri Hari, ignorant as I am and blinded by May. (The study of) all the Vedas, sacrificial acts and austere penance and charitable gifts. O holy one, cannot equal even a fraction of the merit that one acquires by rendering a Jiva (embodied soul) immune from the fear of birth and death (through instruction in the truth about God). Sri Suka continued : When Vidura (the foremost of the Kurus) asked Maitreya (the chief of the sages) questions bearing on the theme of the Puranas, the latter was immensely delighted on being urged to narrate the stories of the Lord, and smilingly spoke as follows.

Thus ends the seventh discourse in Book Three of the great and glorious Bhagavata-Purana, otherwise known as the Paramahamsa-Samhita.


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