Srimad Bhagvata Mahapurana Book 9 Chapter 8:25-31

Book 9: Chapter 8

Srimad Bhagvata Mahapurana: Book 9: Chapter 8: Verses 25-31
The story of King Sagara

O Lord, let us (therefore, simply) bow to You, the most ancient Person, in whom the (aforesaid) attributes of Maya (Prakrti), actions prompted by them as well as bodies engendered by such actions are altogether absent, who have no (material) name or form, who are entirely free from merit and sin, (yet) who have (by Your own independent will) assumed (revealed) a (divine) form in order to teach wisdom (to Your devotees)! In this world evolved by Your Maya (creative will) people revolve (are born again and again) in the midst of houses and other objects of senses, taking them to be real, their intellect being deluded by lust, greed, jealousy and infatuation. Today, O Lord, the (very) Self of all created beings, by your sight (alone) the strong cord of our ignorance (in the shape of identification with the body and so on).--the root of all craving (for sensuous enjoyment), as well as of actions (prompted by such craving) and the Indriyas (the instruments of such actions)-has been cut asunder. Sri Suka went on The Divine sage Kapila, whose glory was thus sung (by Prince Amsuman), mentally blessed the said Amsuman and spoke (to him) as follows, O protector of men ! The glorious Lord replied : This horse, the animal to be sacrificed by your grandfather (Emperor Sagara), may be taken away (by you), dear child. And these uncles of yours, that lie burnt (here) stand in need of the water of the (holy) Ganga (for being redeemed) and nothing else." Walking round Him (from left to right as a mark of respect) and bowing to Him with his head (bent low), the prince brought (back) the horse. And with that animal Emperor Sagara concluded the sacrifice, which had remained uncompleted (all these days). Having entrusted the kingdom to Prince Amsuman, Sagara, who was (now) free from (all) craving and had thrown off his fetters (in the shape of identification with the body etc.), reached the highest goal (viz., final beatitude) by following the course recommended by (his preceptor) the sage Aurva.

Thus ends the eighth discourse, hinging on the story of Sagara,

in Book Nine of the great and glorious Bhagavata-Purana, otherwise known as the Paramahamsa-Samhita.



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