S'rîmad Bhâgavatam, aka Bhâgavata Purâna or Bhāgavata

Bhâgavatam, aka Bhâgavata Purâna or Bhāgavata
c. 3228 B.C.

Indian Hindu Classic describing the life of Lord Krishna written by Philosopher Krishna Dvaipâyana Vyâsadeva, also called Bâdarâyana who compiled the Mahâbhârata and Vedas, also known as s'ruti, containing the basic wisdom, the mantras for the rituals and the hymns.

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For those two kinds of people, o best one of Bhrigu, who thus either hear or describe this [narration] infused with the potency of the Lord with the Wheel [of Time] in His hand, will there not be the course of mundane existence based on karma.

He saw the basic elements of nature and all their gross manifestations, as also the Time itself of the different yugas and kalpas and whatever other object of material use in the universe that was manifested as if real.

How can one, entangled in the modes of nature undertake anything [like begetting children], if one doesn't understand the instructions of the scriptures of the Father that tell one how to put an end to the material way of life?'

In case one entrusts the sacrificing in faith [the s'raddha ceremony] to a greater number of them and their [accompanying] relatives, things will not work out perfectly as for the most suitable time and place, the paraphernalia, the person to receive the honor and the method applied.

It is by these auspicious times [of being regular to natural occurrences] that the fate of human beings is improved. For the human being during all seasons to have auspiciousness, success and longevity, one therefore on those days must perform all kinds of ceremonies. At all these natural times taking a holy bath, doing japa [the Vedic rosary], performing fire sacrifices and keeping to vows, constitutes with whatever that is given in respect of the Supreme Lord, the twice-born ones managing the deities, the forefathers, the godly ones, the human beings in general and all other living beings, a permanent benefit. Oh King, the purification rituals that serve the interest of [having days with] the wife, the children and oneself as also the interest of having funerals, memorial days and days for doing fruitive labor must be performed at the [natural] times [relative to sun and moon] meant for them.

Lord Krishna together with the munis there pacified the shocked and affected family who had lost their friends and members, by showing how each is subjected to the Time that cannot be avoided.

None of these kings enjoying with You, nor the Vrishnis know You, covered by the curtain of mâyâ, as the Supreme Soul, the Time and the Controller.

Observing that under the influence of kâla [the people became] lesser intelligent and short lived and that their strength was diminished, divided the chief sages, inspired by the Infallible Lord situated in their hearts, the Vedas.

One receives a form according to the way one worships the Lord. In the material world, the body one receives is guided by the demigods.

Someone might be of dharma but is he friendly towards other living beings? Someone can be of renunciation but he might miss the cause of liberation. A person may have power over people, but he is still not released from the great force of material nature [from the power of time]. Someone may be free from the influence of the modes of nature but never be a second one [another Lord of Control and Yoga, see also 1.2: 8]. Someone may live a long time but still not know how to behave and be happy, someone may master the art of living but still not know how to get old. And when someone knows the both of them, such a person still might be unlucky in another respect. Nor is of someone excelling in all walks of life said that he wishes Me [in my position of devotion for Vishnu]!'

That dvîpa has one mountain range named Mânasottara that separates the varshas on the inner and the outer side. Measuring a 10.000 yojanas high and wide, it harbors in its four directions the cities of the four demigods ruling there [Indra, Yama, Varuna and Soma]. The chariot of the sun god Sûrya, circumambulating mount Meru on its highest point, moves around in an orbit that calculated in terms of the days and nights of the demigods consists of one complete year.

The father, the guru, You are of the entire universe, the Original Controller and the Insurmountable Time of use as the rod, who, by Your own will taking up transcendental forms, endeavors to eradicate the self-conceit of the ones who imagine themselves to be the lord of the universe.

The keepers of the wealth [the Yaksha's] said: 'We, serving You to Your pleasure belong to Your best followers. This son of Diti forced us to carry his palanquin but caused the sorrow [the poverty] of each and everyone. Thus we acknowledge You oh Lord Nrisimha, for You are the one who put him to death oh twenty-fifth principle.

The philosophically inclined should for that reason endeavor only for that which is not so much found wandering from high to low. In the course of time, the time that is so impetuous and subtle, one will automatically everywhere find the enjoyment - as good as the miseries - as a result of one's work.

The Vedic knowledge expands from Lord Brahma, who is described in the first verse of Srimad-Bhagavatam as adi-kavi, the primeval Vedic scholar. Yet Brahma could not understand the transcendental body of Lord Krsna, because it is beyond the reach of ordinary Vedic knowledge.

These eleven engagements of the mind are by the material elements, by nature itself, by culture, by the karma and by time modified into the many hundreds, thousands and millions [of considerations] that do not follow from one another nor from themselves, but [are caused by] the knower of the field.

Those who know Me as ruling all as well as the godly and the sacrifices also; they with their minds connected in Me even know me at the time of their death too.

To the Time, to the Secure of Time, to the Witness to the divisions of Time, to Him in the Form of the Universe, to the One Watching It Over, to its Creator; to the Final Cause of the Universe [our reverential homage].

When [in the beginning of creation] the seven primary elements [the five material elements, ego and cosmic intelligence - the mahat-tattva] were not yet mixed, [the Lord,] the origin of creation endowed with kâla, karma and guna [time, workload and the modes] entered the universe.

Whenever one desires to give up one's body o King, one should as a sage, without being disturbed, comfortably seated and with one's thinking unperturbed by matters of time and place, in control of the life air restrain the senses with the help of the mind.

You are the source of the [spiritual, Vedic] sound, the origin of the universe, the soul, the life breath, the senses and the elements. You are the modes of nature and the natural disposition, the eternal time, the sacrifice and the dharma of truth [satya] and truthfulness [rita]. It is unto you that one utters the original syllable consisting of the three letters [A-U-M]. Oh soul of all the godly ones, fire constitutes your mouth; oh Lord of all the worlds the surface of the globe is known as your lotus feet; oh self of the gods, time constitutes your movement, the directions are your ears and the controller of the waters [Varuna] is your taste.

Do not fear the kâlakûtha ['false time'] poison that will appear from the ocean of milk, and take care not to be led by greed, lust or anger with the result of the churning.'

From the ether evolving from the subtlety of sound the evolution of the subtle element of touch takes place under the transforming impulse of time and thus the air is found as well as the sense organ for it and of that sense of touch the active perception.

He seeing the two like Time and Death approaching got afraid and confused left he the woman behind to run for his life.

How is this body, which is made out of the five elements [fire, water, air, earth and ether] and is controlled by time, materially motivated action and the modes of nature [kâla, karma and the gunas], capable of protecting others when it is just as well bitten by that snake?

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Bhâgavatam, aka Bhâgavata Purâna or Bhāgavata
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c. 3228 B.C.

Indian Hindu Classic describing the life of Lord Krishna written by Philosopher Krishna Dvaipâyana Vyâsadeva, also called Bâdarâyana who compiled the Mahâbhârata and Vedas, also known as s'ruti, containing the basic wisdom, the mantras for the rituals and the hymns.