Srimad Bhagvata Mahapurana Book 9 Chapter 18:45-51

Book 9: Chapter 18

Srimad Bhagvata Mahapurana: Book 9: Chapter 18: Verses 45-51
The story of Yayati

Saying so, Puru most gladly accepted his father's old age. The latter too, O protector of men, enjoyed the pleasures of sense with (the help of) his (Puru's) youth, as enjoined by the scriptures. Duly protecting his subjects like a father, Yayati (the ruler of all the seven divisions of the globe) enjoyed the sense-objects according to his pleasure, his senses remaining unimpaired. Devayani too, the beloved of her husband, afforded supreme delight in private to her beloved husband from day to day with mind, speech, body and (various) articles (of enjoyment). Yayati (also) propitiated through sacrifices with liberal gifts of money Lord Sri Visnu (the Destroyer of sins), the Deity presiding over sacrifices, the embodiment of all the Vedas, who represents all the gods in His Person. Like a mass of clouds in the sky, this world-which is (no better than) a dream, a hoax and a fancy-is superimposed on God; it now appears as different (in the shape of numberless names and forms) and now disappears (during deep sleep as well as at the time of final dissolution). Installing in his heart the selfsame Lord Vasudeva, the Indweller of all hearts, who has His abode in water and is subtler than the subtle, Yayati, who had no desire (left) in him, worshipped Him there. Though enjoying the pleasures of sense-which are only conceptual-with his (five) wicked senses as well as with the mind, which is the sixth, for thousands of years, Yayati (the ruler of the entire globe) did not feel sated.

Thus ends the eighteenth discourse in Book Nine of the great and

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



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