Monday, April 1, 2019

Vishnu Puranam Full Audio 6 of 6

This is part 6 of 6 of the titled post. The introduction to this entire set is at Vishnu Puranam Full Audio 1 of 6 which needs to be read in order to use this part; all the instructions are to be found there. Downloading instructions are there also.

And Now the Continuation of the Audio of Sri Vishnu Puranam:

Book 6 Ch 1: 58 Verses: 7 minutes 36 seconds: Size: 7 MB

Brief: Maitreya asks ParaShara to explain in detail the dissolution of the world and in particular the characteristics of the age of Kali Yuga. ParaShara does so and depicts the scary state of affairs that Kali Yuga will be characterized by. ( Incidentally, what ParaShara predicted a long long time ago when the Vishnu Puranam was born, can be seen by the average person in everyday life today! )

Book 6 Ch 2: 41 Verses: 6 minutes 19 seconds: Size: 6 MB

Brief: Once the sages had a doubt in their minds as to what would be the point in time, when the lest effort produces the maximum spiritual reward. They go to Veda Vyasa for clarification, and Veda Vyasa categorically states that in Kali Yuga, since very few would be practicing austerity and penance, even the least amount of spiritual work done will bear great fruit quickly; additionally, all that women need to do in Kali Yuga is to serve their husbands with sincere devotion and that alone will take them to the high heavens!

Book 6 Ch 3: 40 Verses: 5 minutes 36 seconds: Size: 5 MB

Brief: Brief introduction to the phenomenon of dissolution broken down mainly as incidental, elemental and absolute dissolution. Elements of time and incidental dissolution are discussed.

Book 6 Ch 4: 50 Verses: 6 minutes 48 seconds: Size: 6 MB

Brief: Elemental dissolution is explained. Error in audio verse 33: should be Prakrthi not Praakrti.

Book 6 Ch 5: 87 Verses: 13 minutes 17 seconds: Size: 12 MB

Brief: ParaShara describes three kinds of pain, namely, Aadhyaathmikaa or bodily and mental pain as from deseases, anger, sorrow, etc, Aadhibhauthikaa or natural and incidental as those pains caused by animals, evil spirits, etc and Aadhidhaivikaa or supernatural such as by floods, lightning, severe cold and other natural phenomena. The painful process of being born as a child is described and the pains of old age are described wherein one becomes dependent upon others. Miseries offered by possessions, relations etc are described. The solution to all these miseries lies in emancipation, termed as Mukthi obtained through complete contemplation on the formless, imperishable Supreme Brahman. Mukthi is absolute dissolution.

Book 6 Ch 6: 49 Verses: 7 minutes 21 seconds: Size: 7 MB

Brief: When Maitreya asks ParaShara about contemplative meditation, the story of Keshidhwajaa and Khandikyaa, who were both from the lineage of King Dharmadhwajaa was expounded. The former was endowed with spiritual knowledge, while the latter was into Karma Yoga. There were always hostilities between the two and Khandikyaa was driven out of the kingdom by Keshidhwajaa. Once, Keshidhwajaa’s milch cow was killed by a tiger. He wanted to do some penance to mitigate the crime but didn’t know what to do; no one in the area knew other than Khandikyaa, who had been exiled. Accordingly Keshidhwajaa went to Khandikyaa for advice; the latter thought this visit was made with a hostile intention, which the former refuted. Khandikyaa then offered the advice sought. Keshidhwajaa then performed the necessary rites recommended but still he felt unfulfilled; upon reflection he felt that this was because he had not paid remuneration to Khandikyaa for providing advice and so went back to him to pay his dues. Upon meeting again, Keshidhwajaa asks Khandikyaa what was the dues that was expected of him; to that question, Khandikyaa states that if he ( Keshidhwajaa ) shares the Divine knowledge that he possessed, that would be the suitable remuneration.

Book 6 Ch 7: 104 Verses: 16 minutes 26 seconds: Size: 15 MB

Brief: This is a very powerful chapter with significant instruction in the Atma Vidya.

Keshidhwaja asked Khandikyaa as to why he did not ask for his kingdom as remuneration. To that Khandikyaa said that would amount to ignorant ambition. Keshidhwajaa then proceeds to give instruction on Atma Vidya. Focus on the body results in accepting another corporeal entity. Body composed of the five elements is nourished by products made of the same five elements; thus taking on many bodies and eventually tired of the same, obtaining knowledge of Brahman, he stays in peace never to return. Keshidhwajaa continues that mind of man is both the cause of bondage and liberation – when attached to sensory pleasures, it gets into bondage; when relieved from sensory pleasures, it gets into the mode of liberation. The practice of yama, niyama, pranayama, pratyahara, etc are explained.

Book 6 Ch 8: 62 Verses: 10 minutes 40 seconds: Size: 10 MB

Brief: Maitreya thanks Sri ParaShara for explaining all sorts of subjects from Manvantaras, Kings, Creation, Secondary Creation, Contemplative Meditation, etc. ParaShara Maharishi states that hearing this Vishnu Puranam is equal to the merits obtained by the performance of the Ashwamedha sacrifice or from performance of fasting at holy places. Hearing this Puranam provides as many merits as performing Yagna ( fire sacrifice ) for a whole year. The merits obtained by bathing in the waters of the Yamuna River on the twelfth day of the bright lunar fortnight, the merits obtained by worshipping Krishna in Mathura are the same as obtained by hearing this Great Vishnu Puranam. The lineage of this Vishnu Puranam is listed starting from Rishi Narayana to Brahma to Rbhu to Priyavrata and so on to Vasishta to ParaShara to Maitreya.

ParaShara Maharishi continues that he who hears this Puranam completes his obligations to ancestors, Gods and Men. Simply be hearing ten chapters of this Vishnu Puranam, one gets the merits of donating the gift of a brown cow.

Salutations are finally offered to Sri Maha Vishnu !!!!!

Here Ends Sri Vishnu Puranam of 5,479 verses.

Om Sri Vishnave Namaha !

NOTE: There may have been some improper splitting of Sanskrit Sandhis in the audio; it is hoped that the Divine and the Listener will forgive. Adiyen does not claim to be an expert at anything.

Post Script: If you have performed the Vishnu Puranam Shravanam Vratam, if you choose, you can share your Divine experience in the comments section for the benefit of All Vishnu Upasakas. Please do not spam. 

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