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    Shaantaakaaram Bhujagashayanam
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    Yogibhirdhyaanagamyam Vande Vishnum
    Bhavabhayaharam Sarvalokaikanaatham

    OM SAI RAM ॥



    3rd Section

    The Four Classes and the Four Stages


    The most important way of following Vishnu is to follow the law of the
    four classes (varna) and the law of the four stages (ashrama) as laid
    down in the shastras (sacred texts)

    The four classes are brahmanas, kshatriyas, vaishyas and shudras.
    It is the duty of the brahmana to give alms, worship the gods through
    sacrifices and study the Vedas. They should treat all living beings well and
    not harm anyone. The most important wealth a brahmana can have is the
    friendship of others. A kshatriya should donate to brahmanas, study and
    perform sacrifices to Vishnu. But his most important duty is to bear arms
    to protect the earth. The king’s duties are to punish the evil and protect
    the good. The vaishyas are to do animal husbandry, trade and agriculture.
    In addition, they should study, donate alms and perform sacrifices. The shudra’s
    duty is to serve the other classes. If it is impossible to make a living through
    this, the shudra may make a living through trade or handicrafts.

    Common duties of all four classes are kindliness, cleanliness, hard work,
    truthfulness, friendship and the capacity to bear hardship. If for some reason
    a brahmana cannot make a living through the methods that have been
    laid down, he can take up arms and perform the duties of kshatriya. Or he can
    take up agriculture, animal husbandry or trade. A kshatriya can also take up
    agriculture, animal husbandry or trade. But a brahmana or a kshatriya should
    never take up the duties of a shudra. This is permitted only in times of great
    danger or if there is absolutely no other way out. Everyone should ensure that
    the duties of the four classes do not get mixed up.

    The first of the ashramas is brahmacharya (celibate studenthood). After he has
    been invested with his sacred thread, a son should be sent to his teacher’s house
    to learn the Vedas. There he will lead a clean life and pay attention to the rituals.
    He will serve his guru and study the Vedas. In the morning and the evening he will
    pray to the sun and the fire and bow to his teacher after the prayers are over.
    The disciple (shishya) will sit only after the guru sits, he will walk only after the
    guru walks. He will never oppose his guru. When the guru asks him to, he will sit
    down and study the Vedas. Every morning, the shishya will bring water and flowers
     for his guru. Eventually, the shishya will have learnt the Vedas and attained knowledge.
    He will then pay the guru the price of the knowledge (dakshina), take the guru’s
    permission and prepare to step into the next ashrama, that of garhasthya
    (householder stage).

    This is the time to get married and choose a proper living. Such a person has
    to serve gods through sacrifices, guests through food, rishis through reading the
     Vedas, Brahma through having children and the entire world through truthfulness.
    In many ways, a garhasthya ashrama is superior to the others. The brahmanas
    and those who follow brahmacharya may have to through alms. It is the person
    in garhasthya ashrama who provides them this. When guests arrive, the householder
    will offer whatever he can in the nature of food, seats and beds. If a guest goes away
    dissatisfied, he takes away the householder’s punya (store of merits) and leaves
    his sins with the householder. A guest is never to be refused.

    After a person has lived a full life as a householder, he may proceed to the
    forest-dweller stage, vanaprastha. He can take his wife with him or leave her in the
    care of his son. He will live in the forest on fruits and roots and leaves, he will sleep
    on the ground and he will not cut his hair or shave his beard. He will worship the gods,
    tend to guests and give alms to those who need them. His main duty is meditation.

    The final ashrama is that of sannyasa. A person is ready to enter this when he can
    give up his sons, wife and all material possessions. To him all living beings will be
    friends and he will not harm any living being. He will live alone and perform yoga
    (excerises that unite man with God). He will never stay in a village more than
    one night at the time and in a city for more than five nights at a time. A sannyasi
    or hermit will beg for his food. But he will come to a house for alms only after
    he is sure that everyone in the house has eaten.


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    OM SAI RAM ॥



    3rd Section

    Rituals


    There are some rituals to be followed when a son is born and some others
    to be followed when a funeral cermony (shraddha) is to be held. The father
    gives a name to the son after the tenth day of birth. There are eight types
    of marriage. Their names are Brahman, Daivya, Arsha, Prajapatya, Asura,
    Gandharva, Rakshasa and Paishacha. For each varna or class, specific
    forms of marriage are prescribed.

    There are some rituals that are laid down for a householder. Every day
    he must worship gods, cows, brahmanas, sages and elderly teachers.
    He should never steal, never lie and never utter what is unpleasant to
    others’ faults. He should not be envious of other people’s property. Nor should
    he associate himself with those who are evil. He should never enter a burning
    house or climb to the very top of a tree. He should cover his mouth when
    yawning. He should be careful of stepping on the shadows of gods and flags
    and those who should be worshipped. One should not live in a house alone,
    nor should one go to a forest alone. One should avoid going near wild beasts.

    A good householder does not leave his house before bowing to a religious object,
    a flower, a jewel, clarified butter or a respected person. When he travels at night
    or goes to a forest, he carries a stick in his hand. He always wears sandals
    and uses an umbrella when it rains or when the sun is out. He is a friend to
    all beings. He always tells the truth. But when the truth harms other people,
    he keeps quiet.

    Several rituals have to be followed when a son or daughter gets married, when
    a new house is to be entered, when a son is to be named or when a new-born
    baby is to be first seen.

    When someone dies, the dead body is to be bathed and garlanded. The dead body
    must always be burnt outside the village. For a brahmana the shraddha ceremony
    takes place after ten days, for a kshatriya after twelve days, for a vaishya after
    fifteen days and for a shudra after a month. At a funeral ceremony an odd number
    of brahmanas must be fed. If ordinary food is given to brahmanas at a funeral,
    the ancestors remain satisfied for a month. But they are satisfied for two months
    if fish is given, for three months if rabbit is given. For four months in the case of
    the meat of birds, for five months with pork, for six months with mutton, for
    seven months with venison, for eight months if a special sort of deer meat is given,
    for nine months with gayal meat, for ten months with lamb, for eleven months
    with beef, and forever with the meat of a vardhinasa bird. The best place to perform
    a shraddha is Gaya.


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    OM SAI RAM ॥



    3rd Section

    Mayamoha


    Many years ago there was a war between the devas and the asuras
    that lasted for a year. At the end of the war, some daityas named
    Hrada defeated the devas. The devas fled to the northern shores of
    an ocean and there began to pray to Vishnu. Vishnu appeared before
    the devas and created for them a being called Mayamoha out of
    his own body. Led by Mayamoha, the devas went to fight with
    the asuras.

    The asuras were performing tapasya on the banks of the river Narmada.
    Mayamoha appeared before them dressed in leaves and with a shaven
     head. He told them that the best way to attain what the asuras desired
    was through the religion preached by Mayamoha. The asuras were persuaded
    by Mayamoha to leave the path of the Vedas. The asuras who adopted this
    new religion came to be known as arhats. They began to criticize the Vedas
    and the devas. Others criticized yajnas and brahmanas.

    The asuras were thus dislodged from the righteous path and the devas
    attacked them afresh. This time the devas could defeat the asuras, since the
    asuras had lost the power of their religion.


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    OM SAI RAM ॥



    3rd Section

    Shatadhanu and Shaivya


    Many years ago there used to be a king known as Shatadhanu.
    His wife Shaivya was a religious woman. Together, they used to pray
    to Vishnu, on the banks of the river Bhagirathi. They were not interested
    in other things. One day a fraudulent teacher came to them. Shatadhanu
    spoke to this person, but Shaivya did not. Some years later, Shatadhanu
    died and Shaivya also died with him on the funeral pyre.

    Because he had spoken to the false teacher, Shatadhanu was born as a
    dog in his next life. And Shaivya was born as a jatismara daughter to the
    king of Kashi. When the king of Kashi wished to get his daughter married
    off, Shaivya refused. She had learnt that her husband had been born as a
    dog and was living in the city of Visisha. So she went there and met the dog.
    She gave it good food to eat. The dog merely wagged its tail. At this,
    Shaivya felt ashamed and tried to remind the dog of its earlier life.

    Finally the dog did remember its earlier life and this made it very sad.
    It left the city and climbed a mountain peak. From there it threw itself down
    on the desert and died. This time it was born as a jackal and again Shaivya
    met the jackal in the mountain named Kolahal. She reminded the jackal of
    its earlier life. Thus reminded, the jackal died in the forest and was born
    as a wolf. Shaivya met the wolf and and reminded it of its earlier life. When the
    wolf died, it was born as a vulture. Shaivya went to meet it. This time, after the
    death of the vulture, Shatadhanu was born as a crow. The crow was next born
    as a peacock. Shaivya made friends with the peacock.

    King Janaka was performing an ashvamedha sacrifice. The peacock had a
    bath at the time of the sacrifice. When Shaivya reminded the peacock of its
    earlier life, it died. It was now born as the son of Janaka and Shaivya agreed
    to marry him. After Janaka died, his son became the ruler of the kingdom of
    Videha. In this life Shatadhanu performed many sacrifices and gave many
    alms. He had several sons and ruled the kingdom and the earth well. When
    he died, Shaivya again died on the funeral pyre with him. Husband and wife
    went to heaven.

    The story illustrates the evils of speaking to fraudulent people who have
    given up the Vedas. One goes straight to naraka if one mixes with
    such people.

    This is the end of the third section of the Vishnu Purana.


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    OM SAI RAM ॥



    4th Section

    Dynasties


    There were many great people inthe line of Manu. The first in this line was
    Brahma. In the beginning of creation, Vishnu in his form of Brahman came
    out of brahmanda. From Brahma’s fingers was born Daksha Prajapati. Daksha’s
    daughter was Aditi, Aditi’s son was Surya and Surya’s son was Manu. Because
    Manu wanted a son, he prayed to the gods Mitra and Varuna. From the yajna
    that was done, a daughter named Ila came out. But Manu had really wanted
    a son. So, for a while, Ila became a son called Sudyumna.

    Chandra’s son was Budha. Sudyumna was one day wandering around Budha’s
    ashrama as the girl Ila. Budha married her and they had a son called Pururava.
    After Pururava was born, Sudyumna peformed sacrifices so as to become
    a man again. Once he became a man, he had three sons called Utkala,
    Gaya and Vinata.

    In this dynasty there was a king called Marutta. Marutta performed a wonderful
    yajna. No such yajna has been performed ever since. Every article used in
    the cermony was made of gold. Indra drank a lot of soma juice and was satisfied.
    So were the brahmanas. It was the gods who served the food.

    Further down the family tree there was a king called Sharyati. Sharyati had
    a daughter named Sukanya. Sukanaya was married to the sage Chyavana.
    Sharyati also had a son named Anarta and Anarta had a son named Revata.
    Revata had one hundred sons, the eldest being Kakudmi. Kakudmi’s daughter
    was Revati. Kakudmi did not know who to marry off this beautiful daughter to.
    He decided to go to Brahmaloka to ask for Brahma’s advice. When he reached
    Brahmaloka, the gandharvas were singing and Kakudmi decided to listen to
    the songs for a while. When the songs were finished, he asked Brahma
    whom he should get Revati married to.

    `”What is your opinion?” ,asked Brahma.

    Kakudmi named several kings who the thought might be good husbands
    for Revati. But Brahma told him that while he had been listening to the songs
    in Brahmaloka, several thousand years had passed on earth. These kings and
    their sons and grandsons were all dead. In fact, Kakudmi’s captial Kushasthali
    was now a city called Dvaraka. And Vishnu had been born as Baladeva there.
    There could be no better husband for Revati.

    Kakudmi returned to earth and found that men were now much shorter than
    they used to be. He married Revati off to Baladeva. But Revati was very tall.
    So with his plough, Baladeva pulled Revati down to the right size

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    OM SAI RAM ॥



    4th Section

    Ikshvaku, Yuvanashva and Soubhari


    Many happened to sneeze once. As a reult of the sneeze, a son known as
    Ikshvaku came out of his nose. Ikshvaku’s son was Vikukshi. Ikshvaku
    wished to perform a shradha ceremony and sent his son off to the forest
    to bring meat for the ceremony. Vikukshi killed many deer and felt hungry
    and tired. To satisfy his hunger he ate a rabbit and brought theother meat
    to his father, who then offered the meat to Vashishtha who was looking
    after the ceremony.

    “This meat is unclean,” said the sage, “your son has already eaten the
    meat of a rabbit.”

    Ikshvaku banished Vikukshi, although Vikukshi did rule the kingdom after
    Ikshvaku died. Vikukshi had a very brave son called Paranjaya. The devas
    and the asuras once fought a terrifble war and the devas could not defeat
    the asuras. The devas prayed to Vishnu and Vishnu told them that he would
    be born on earth as Paranjaya. Under Paranjaya’s leadership, the devas
    would be able to defeat the asuras. So the gods came to paranjaya and
    asked him to be their leader in this war. Paranjaya agreed to do this only
    if he could fight te war perched on Indra’s shoulders. Indra adopted the form
    of a bull. Paranjaya fought the war seated on the bull. The demons wre defeated.
    But from the word kakut, which means shoulder. Paranjaya hereafter came
    to be known as Kakutstha.

    Among Kakutstha’s descendants was a king called Yuvanashva. Yuvanashva
    did not have any son. He persuaded the sages to perform a yajna so that he might
    have a son. The ceremony finished at midnight and the sages kept the sacred
    waters of the yajna in a pot for the night. The intention was to give the sacred
    waters to Yuvanashva’s wife to drink in the morning. Then she would have
    a strong son. But Yuvanashva felt very thirsty in the night. And without knowing
    that the waters in the pot was sacred, drank them by mistake. So a baby came
    into Yuvanashva’s body and grew bigger and bigger. When the time came for the
    baby to be born, it burst out through the king’s right side, although the king
    did not die. But the problem was, who would be a mother to the baby? Given
    the peculiar circumstances, Indra agreed to be the mother. He came and said,
    “Mam dhata,” which means “I will be the nurse.” The baby thus came to be
    known as Mandhata. Because Indra was rearing him, he became fully grown
    in a single day. He ruled the entire world from where the sun rises to
    where it sets.

    During Mandhata’s reign, a sage named Soubhari lived under the water for
    twelve years. He used to see the king of the fishes playin the water with
    his children and grandchildren. This made Soubhari feel that he should also have
    children and grandchildren. But to do this, he needed to get married.

    Mandhata had fifty daughters. Soubhari went to Mandhata and wanted one of
    these daughters in marriage. Mandhata did not like the look of Soubhari’s
    diseased body. But at the same time, he was scared that he might be cursed if
    he refused. So he said that the custom of his family was that daughters married
    bridegrooms whom they chose and approved of. Soubhari realized that this was
    merely a ploy of Mandhata’s to avoid giving a daughter in marriage to a diseased
    old man. Soubhari therefore requested that he might be given one chance to
    meet the daughters of Mandhata. If any one of them wished to marry him, only
    then would he marry. If all of them refused to marry him, he would go away and
    no more would be heard of the matter.

    This seemed to be a reasonable enough request and Mandhata agreed. But Soubhari
    was a powerful sage. Before meeting the daughters, he transformed himself into
    a very handsome man. He was so handsome that all the daughters wished to
    marry him. The result was that Soubhari was married to all the fifty daughters
    and took them to his ashrama. He then called Vishvakarama and asked Vishvakarma
    to build separate palaces for the fifty wives. Each palace was to have a like with
    lotuses and swans, each palace was to have a pleasure garden and beautiful beds,
    seats and jewels. Vishvakarma did as he had been instructed.

    After some days, Mandhata wished to find out how his daughters were. He came to
    the ashrama and saw the beautiful palaces and pleasure gardens. He entered one
    of the palaces and met one of his daughters there. “How are you, daughter?”, he asked.

    “I live in a wondeful palace, father,” the daughter replied. “Look at this pleasure
    garden, look at these beautiufl birds and the gorgeous lake. I eat good food and
    wear nice clothes and jewels. I am very happy. The only complaint that I have is this.
    My husband spends all his time with me, he never leaves me. This means that
    he must be neglecting my sisters.”

    Mandhata came out of this palace and went into another. To his great surprise, the
    second daughter said exactly the same thing. In fact, this is what all the daughters
    said. For what had happened was that Soubhari had created fifty different forms of
    himself with the powers of his tapasya. Mandhata had never witnessed anything
    like this. He fell down at Soubhari’s feet and begged for forgiveness.

    Soubhari had a hundred and fifty sons to whom he got quite attached. But after
    some time he realized the dangers of such attachment. It had made him deviate
    from his path of tapasya. He realized the illusions he had been living with ever since
    he had seen the king of the fishes. He devoted the rest of his life to Vishnu.


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    4th Section

    Sagara


    There were many powerful kings among Mandhata’s descendants. One of these
    was Purukutsa. Many years ago, the underworld was occupied by the gandharvas.
    They upset the rule of the snakes (nagas) and stole their jewels. The besieged
    nagas prayed to Vishnu for deliverance. Vishnu told them that he would enter
    Purukutsa’s body and thus destroy the gandharvas. The nagas sent the river
    Narmada to bring Purukutsa down to the underworld and Purukutsa destroyed
    all the gandharvas. The happy sankes grated Narmada a boon. Whoever says,
    “I pray to Narmada morning and evening; Narmada, protect me from snake
     poison, ” will never be bitten by snakes.

    In the same dynasty was born King Vahu. Vahu lost a war with some other kings
    and went to the forest with his wife. There Vahu’s wife was about to give birth
    to a baby. But Vahu had another wife as well. And out of jealousy, the second wife
    gave the first wife some poison. The result was that the baby did not come out
    but stayed inside the mother for seven years. King Vahu died in the hermitage
    of the sage Ourva. And Vahnu’s wife also wished to die on the funeral pyre.

    But Ourva told her, “Queen, what are you doing? You are carrying a son who will be
    the bravest of the brave. He will conquer many lands and perform many sacrifices.
    Don’t die on the funeral pyre.”

    The son was born and Ourva named the child Sagara. He taught the boy the Vedas,
    the shastras and the art of fighting. When he grew up, Sagara wished to win back
    his father’s lost kingdom. He defeated the enemy kings and ruled over the
    entire world.

    Sagara had two wives, Sumati and Keshini. These two prayed to Ourva that they
    might have sons. Ourva granted them the boon that one of them would have a
    single son, while the other would have sixty thousand sons. This is what happened
    and Keshini’s son was called Asamanjas. But all these sons turned out to be
    quite evil. The gods went to the sage Kapila and asked him to rescue the world
    from the bad deeds of Sagara’s sons.

    At the time, King Sagara was performing an ashvamedha yajna (horse sacrifice)
    and his sons were the protectors of the sacrifical horse. Someone stole this horse
    and took it down to the underworld. The sons of Sagara looked for the horse and
    followed its trail down to the underworld. They found the horse wandering around
    in the underworld and not far from the house, they saw the sage Kapila. They
    concluded that Kapila must have stolen the horse and attacked the sage with
    their weapons. But a terrible fire issued out of Kapila’s eyes and reduced Sagara’s
    sons into ashes.

    Asamanjas had a son known as Amshumana. On learning that this sons had been
    burnt into ashes, Sagara sent Amshumana to fetch the horse. Amshumana went
    to Kapila and began to pray to him. Pleased at this, Kapila offered to grant
    Amshumana a boon and Amshumana desired that his uncles might go to heaven.

    Kapila said, “Your grandson will bring down the river Ganga from heaven. When
    the water of the Ganga touches the bones of your uncles, they will ascend to
     heaven.”

    Amshumana’s son was Dilipa and Dilipa’s son was Bhagiratha. It was Bhagiratha
    who brought Ganga down from heaven. That is why Ganga is also known as
    Bhagirathi.


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    Soudasa


    In Bhagiratha’s line there was a king called Soudasa or Mitrasaha. One day
    the king went out hunting in the forest and saw two tigers there. He killed
    one of these with his arrow and before dying, it adopted the form of a fierce
    rakshasa. The other tiger said, “I will have my revenge” and disappeared.

    Some days later, King Soudasa began a yajna. The priest for this yajna was
    the sage Vashistha. Vashishtha finished his rituals and left. But the rakshasa
    adopted Vashishtha’s form and sat down in Vashishtha’s place. “At the end
    of the ceremony get me some rice and meat to eat,” he said. “I am returning
    in a short while.” Having said this, the rakshasa went away. But it adopted the
    form of a cook and cooked some human meat. Unknowingly, King Soudasa
    placed this meat in a golden vessel and waited for Vashishtha’s return.

    When Vashishtha sat down to eat, he was served this meat. In a trice he realized
    that this was human meat, and he cursed that Soudasa would become a rakshasa.
    But through his mental powers Vashishtha also learnt that much of the trouble
    had been caused not by Soudasa, but by the rakshasa. So he reduced the duration
    of the curse such tha tSoudasa would have to be a rakshasa only for twelve years.

    But Soudasa still thought that he had been unfairly cursed. So he took some water
    in his hand and prepared to curse Vashishtha. At this, Soudasa’s wife Madayanti
    said, “What are you doing? Don’t curse Vashishtha. He is our guru.”

    Soudasa refrained from uttering the curse. But what was to be done with the water
    that he had taken in his hand? Since it was water meant for a curse , if it were to
    be thrown onto the ground or up into the sky, the grain and the clouds would be
    destroyed. So Soudasa poured the water onto his own feet and his feet became
    diseased and black. He came to be known as kalmashapada.

    As a rakshasa, Kalmashapada lived in the forest and ate people. In the forest
    he once met a brahmana and his wife. He proceeded to eat the brahmana,
    although his wife begged him for mercy. At this, the brahmana’s wife cursed him
    that he would die as soon as he met his own wife.

    After twelve years the king was freed of Vashishtha’s curse. But he refrained from
    going near his wife because of the other curse.

    In this line was born Rama, who destroyed Ravana. Rama’s brothers were
    Lakshmana, Bharata and Shatrughna. Bharata destroyed three crores of gandharvas.
    Shatrughna defeated a rakshasa named Lavana and built the city of Mathura. Rama’s
    sons were Kusha and Lava, Lakshmana’s son were Taksha and Pushkara and
    Shatrughna’s sons were Suvahu and Sharasena.


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    Nimi


    Ikshvaku had a son named Nimi. Nimi once started a yajna that went on for
    a thousand years. He wanted Vashishtha to be the main priest. But Vashishtha
    said that he was already busy with the yajna that Indra planned to conduct
    for five hundred years. He asked Nimi to wait. He promised to come to
    Nimi’s yajna as soon as Indra’s was over.

    Nimi returned without saying anything and Vashishtha assumed that Nimi
    had agreed to wait. But Nimi began his ceremony with Goutama and other
    sages. After finishing Indra’s yajna, Vashishtha came to Nimi’s yajna expecting
    to be the chief priest there. But he found that the sacrifice had already been
    begun with Goutama as the chief priest. Since he felt insulted, Vashishtha
    cursed Nimi that he would henceforth be without a body. Nimi felt this curse
    to be unfair. So he too cursed that Vashishtha would be without a body.
    Vashishtha however, received antoher body. Thanks to the gods Mitra
    and Varuna.

    Meanwhile, King Nimi’s body lay there, oiled and perfumed. When the yajna
    was over, the assembled gods wished to give the host of the yajna a boon.
    They wished to give Nimi a new body but Nimi said that he would have none
    of it. He desired instead that he might be allowed to live on the eyelids of
    people. This boon was granted. Nimi lives on the eyelids of all people and
    that is why the blinking of the eyelids is known as nimesha.

    But Nimi had no son and the kingdom would have gone to ruins in the absence
    of a son. So the sages pounded the dead body with wood and a son emerged.
    Since he came out in this fashion from his father’s body he came to be known
    as Janaka (father). And since his father had no body, Janaka was also called
    Vaidha (bodyless). When Janaka was ploughing the earth to obtain a son,
    a daughter came out of the earth. She was named Sita.

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    Chandra


    Having heard accounts of the kings of the solar dynasty, Maitreya wished
    to hear of the kings of the lunar dynasty, Parashara obliged.

    Brahma’s son was Atri and Atri’s son was Chandra. Brahma made Chandra
    the ruler of stars and herbs. Chandra performed a rajasuya yajna (royal
    sacrifice). But because he successfully completed a rajasuya yajna, Chandra
    became arrogant. The guru of all the devas was Brihaspati and Brihaspati’s
    wife was Tara. Chandra kidnapped Tara. Despite Brihaspati’s repeatedly requesting
    him to return Tara, Chandra refused. A war began between the two sides. Since
    Shukra did not like Brihaspati, Shukra took Chandra’s side. Also on Chandra’s
    side were the danavas. Rudra and Indra sided with Brihaspati.

    Since the war took place over Tara, it came to be known as the tarakamaya
    war. It was a terrible war and it seemed as if the whole world might be destroyed.
    The entire world asked Brahma to mediate and stop the war. Brahma stopped
    the war and returned Tara to Brihaspati.

    But Chandra and Tara had a son and this son was called Budha. Budha married
    Ila and their son was called Pururava. Mitra and Varuna once cursed the apsara
    Urvashi that she would have to spend some time on earth. Urvashi to be his
    wife and Urvashi accepted, subject to a condition. Two sheep were to stay forever
    near her bed and if the sheep were to be ever stolen, Urvashi would return to
    heaven. Pururava readily agreed. They lived quite happily for sixty thousand years.

    Urvashi had no desire to return to heaven. But in Urvashi’s absence the gandharvas
    of heaven felt very lonely; they plotted ways of taking Urvashi back to heaven. One
    night they stole the two sheep. And since the condition was broken, Urvashi went
    back to heaven. Pururava and Urvashi however, had six sons, the eldest being Ayu.

    But to remind Pururava of Urvashi, the gandharvas taught him the secret of fire
    and the king was instructed to divide this fire into three types. Earlier there used
    to be only one sort of fire. But Pururava introduced the three types of fire known
    as Garhapatya, Ahavaniya and Dakshina.

    In Pururava’s line was born Jahnu. Jahnu once saw that the bowl he used for his
    yajna was flooded with the water of the Ganga. He thereupon drank up the entire
    Ganga and restored the river only when the devarshis so requested. That is why
    Ganga is also called Jahnavi.

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    Satyavati and Richika


    Gadhi was descended from Jahnu. Gadhi had a daughter called Satyavati.
    The sage Richika wanted to marry Satyavati. But Gadhi had no desire to
    marry off his daughter to an old brahmana who was also very hot-tempered.
    So he demanded one thousand horses were to be fleet of foot and white
    in colour with black ears. But Richika managed to get such horses from
    Varuna and thus married Satyavati.

    Satyavati wanted a son. So Richika performed a yajna and obtained some
    rice prudding as a result. But Satyavati wished that her mother might
    also have a son. Richika, therefore, prepared a second bowl of rice pudding.
    He gave the two bowls to Satyavati and said, “This is for you and this for
    your mother.” He then went off to the forest.

    But Satyavati’s mother said to her daughter, “Usually people want good
    sons for themselves, they are not keen about obtaining a good brother-in-law.
    I therefore suspect that your rice pudding is better than mine. Let us exchange
    bowls. I am a queen and my son will rule the world. He has to be strong.
    Your son will be a brahmana. He does not have to be that powerful.” They
    exchanged the bowls.

    Richika came back fromt he forest and heard what had happened. He was very
    angry. Into Satyavati’s mothers’s bowl he had put the ingredients for a son
    who would be brave and violent as a kshatriya should be. And into Satyavati’s
    bow he had put the ingredients for a son who would be peacefula and non-violent
    as a brahmana should be. As it was, everything had now been reversed.

    On hearing this, Satyavati begged forgivness and requested that her grandson,
    rather than her son, should be brave and violent. This request Richika granted.
    Satyavati’s mother gave birth to Vishvamitra. And Satyavati gave birth to
    Jamadagni. Jamadagni married Renuka. Their son Parashurama killed many
    kshatriyas.

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    Raji


    Pururava’s son Ayu had five sons. Their names were Nahusha, Kshatravriddha,
    Rambha, Raji and Anenah. Raji had five hundred brave sons. Many years ago,
    the devas and the asuras fought a war. Both the devas and the asuras went
    to Brahma and asked, “Who will win this war?” Brahma replied that the
    side for which King Raji fought would win.

    The asuras came to Raji and asked him to fight on their side. “I will,” said
    Raji, “provided that you make me Indra after the devas have been defeated.

    “This we cannot do,” replied the asuras. “We cannot promise you one thing
    and do another. Prahlada will be our Indra.”

    The gods too came to Raji and asked him to fight on their side. And faced
    with the same condition, they replied. “Yes indeed, you will be our Indra.”

    Raji fought on the side of the gods and killed the demons. After the enemy
    had been defeated, Indra touched Raji’s feet and said, “You have protected us,
    so you are like my father. And since I am Indra, my father is obviously the
    supreme ruler of the world.” Although Raji saw through the flattery, he permitted
    Indra to continue as the king of the gods and returned to his capital.

    But after Raji died, Raji’s sons demanded that Indra shoud hand over that which
    had been promised to them. This Indra refused to do. So Raji’s sons defeated
    Indra and themselves assumed the title of Indra. After many years had passed,
    Indra went to Brihaspati and prayed that his kingdom might be returned to him.
    Brihaspati performed sacrifices so that Indra’s powers might increase and slowly
    weaned Raji’s sons away from the path of righteousness. He made them do
    evil deeds and turned their minds against the Vedas and the brahmanas. Indra
    could now easily defeat and kill the sons of Raji. Indra could now easily defeat
    and kill the sons of Raji. He assumed the title of Indra.

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    Nahusha and Yayati


    Nahusha had six sons. Their names were Yati, Yayati, Samyati, Ayati, Vivyati
    and Kriti. Yati had no desire to be king, so Yayati became king after Nahusaha.
    Yayati had two wives. The first was Shukra’s daughter Devayani and the second
    was Vrishaparva’s daughter Sharmishtha. Devayanai’s sons were Yadu and
    Turnvasu. And Sharmishtha’s sons were Druhya, Anu and Puru.

    Because of a curse imposed on him by Shukra, Yayati became old much before
    he should have been. He called his eldest son Yadu to him and said, “I have become
    old much before my time. I still want to enjoy material things. Please take my
    old age for a thousand years.” Yadu refused and Yayati cursed him that no son
    worthy of being a king would ever be born in the line of Yadu. Yayati asked Turvasu,
    Druhya and Anu. But they too refused and were given the same curse by their father.
    Yayati asked Puru and Puru immediately agreed to his father’s request. He took upon
    himself his father’s old age and gave his father his own youth.

    Yayati immersed himself in material pursuits. But after having spent many such years
    in enjoying life, he got tired of it all. He got back his old age from Puru and returned
    Puru’s youth to him. Yayati made Puru the king and went off to do tapasya in the
    forest. Turvasu, Druhya and Anu merely received very small kingdoms that surrounded
    Puru’s kingdom.

    In Yadu’s line was born Arjuna. This Arjuna prayed to Dattatreya and obtained several
    boons from him. The first boon was that Arjuna would have a thousand arms. The second
    was that he would fight adharma and serve the cause of dharma, fight the evil and serve
    the good. The third was that enemies woud not be able to defeat him. And the fourth
    and final boon was that Arjuna would be killed by someone who would be famous
    throughout the world. This Arjuna came to be known as Kartaviryarjuna. He performed
    ten thousand yajnas and ruled for eight-five thousand years. The name of his capital
    was Mahishmati. Once Ravana invaded this city and was defeated and imprisoned by
    Arjuna. Eventually Arjuna was killed by Parashurama. All who were descended from
    Yadu, were known as Yadavas.

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    The Jewel Syamantaka


    Krishna’s wife was Satyabhama and Satyabhama’s father was Satrajit.

    Satrajit sat down on the shores of the ocean and began to pray to Surya.
    Surya was pleased with his prayers and appeared before Satrajit.

    Satrajit could not see Surya very well and said, “Lord, the sky you appear
     like a burning ball of fire. Yet you have appeared before me and I am not
    able to see much.”

    Surya was wearing a jewel known a syamantaka on his throat. On hearing
    what Satrajit had said, Surya took off this jewel and laid it aside. Satrajit
    could now see Surya properly. Surya’s eyes were brownish yellow and his
    body was birht, short and of a copper colour. Satrajit bowed down before
    Surya and Surya offered to grant him a boon. As a boon. Satrajit wanted the
    jewel and Surya granted this wish.

    Satrajit put it round his neck and entered the city of Dvaraka. But because
    he was wearing the jewel, his body was radiant and energy seemed to flow
    out of him. The citizens of Dvaraka at first thought that it was Surya himself
    who was entering the city.

    Satrajit kept the jewel in his house. Every day it produced gold. And thanks
    to its influence, disease, drought, wild animals, fire and theft disappeared from
    the kingdom. Krishna thought that the syamantaka jewel should really belong
    to the king, Ugrasena. Satrajit was aware of this desire of Krishna’s. Scared that
    he might be compelled to part with the jewel, he gave it to his brother Prasena
    for safe keeping. The jewel had the property that if someone pure held it, it
    would produce gold. But if someone impure held it, it would kill the holder.

    One day Prasena wore the jewel around his neck and went off on a hunt. In the
    forest he was killed bya lion. The lion was about to go off with the jewel, when
    Jambavan, the king of the bears, arrived on the scene. Jambavan killed the lion
    and took the jewel. He returned to his home land gave it to his young son to
    play with.

    Meanwhile, the citizens of Dvaraka noticed that Prasena was not returning
    from the hunt. There was a general impression that Krishna had had his eyes
    on the jewel. So a rumour went around that it was Krishna who had killed Prasena
    and stolen the syamantaka. To put an end to such rumours, Krishna followed
    Prasena’s trail into the forest. There he discovered Prasena’s trail into the forest.
    Ther ehe discovered two dead bodies, Prasena’s and the lion’s. He quessed what
    must have happened. He followed the trail right upto Jambavan’s hole and discovered
    Jambavan’s son playing with the jewel. The child’s nursemaid raised an alarm on
    seeing Krishna and Jambavan quickly arrived. A terrible fight raged between Krishna
    and Jambavan. This fight went on for twenty-one days. Several Yadava soldiers
    had also followed Krishna upto Jambavan’s hole. When seven or eight days had
    passed and still there was no sign of Krishna, they concluded that Krishna must have
    been killed. They, therefore, spread the news of Krishna’s death.

    Krishna’s friends arranged a shraddha ceremony and the offerings made at this
    funeral ceremony served to increase Krishna’s strength. Krishna finally defeated
    Jambavan and Jambavan bowed down before him, The two became friends and J
    ambavan married off his daughter Jambavati to Krishna. He also returned the
    syamantaka jewel.

    The citzens of Dvaraka were delighted to see Krishna and Jambavati. Krishna told
    them what had happened and returned the jewel to Satrajit. Satrajit was ashamed
    that he had ever doubted Krishna. He therefore gave his daughter Satyabhama
    in marriage to Krishna.

    But there were other Yadavas like Akrura, Kritavarma and Shatadhanva who had
    also wanted to marry Satyabhama and they were not at all happy at this turn of
    events. They thought that they had been insulted. Hearing that the Pandavas had
    been burnt to death in the house of lac, Krishna went on a trip to Varanavata.
    Taking advantage of Krishna’s absence, Shatadhanva killed Satrajit while the
    latter was sleeping and stole the jewel.

    Satyabhama was furious that her father had been killed. She got up on her chariot
    and drove it to Varanavata to tell Krishna what had happened. Krishna came back
    to Dvaraka and told Baladeva that the two of them should get together and kill
    Shatadhanva. Shatadhanva ran for help to Kritavarma, but Kritavarma refused
    to oppose Krishna and Baladeva. Shatadhanva then, ran to Akrura¸only to be
    met with another refusal. Shatadhanva then asked Akrura to at least keep the
    jewel for him. This Akrura agreed to do, provided that Shatadhanva did not tell
    anyone where the jewel was.

    Shatadhanva got up on a fast horse and fled. But Krishna and Baladeva followed
    him on a chariot. After travelling for a long distance, Shatadhanva came to the
    forests on the outskirts of Mithila. His horse died. He started to flee on foot. At this,
    Krishna said that he would follow Shatadhanva on foot. He asked Baladeva to
    wait for him in the chariot.

    Krishna caught up with Shatadhanva and sliced of his head. But despite searching
    all Shatadhanva’s belongings, he could not find the jewel. He came and reported
    this to Baladeva. But unfortunately, Baladeva did not believe this . He said, “Krishna ,
    you are not a brother I would like to associate with. Go your own way and I will
    go mine. We do not belong together.” Baladeva went off to the kingdom of Videha
    and lived there as a guest of King Janaka’s. It was then that Duryodhana learnt
    from Balaeva how to fight with the mace (gada). Krishna reutrned to Dvaraka.
    After three years had passed. Vabhru., Ugrasena and the other Yadavas managed
    to convince Baladeva that Krishna had indeed not stolen the jewel. Baladeva then
    returned to Dvaraka.

    Meanwhile, Akrura started to perform many yajnas. It is a crime to kill someone
    who is performing a yajna. Akrura reasoned that even if Krishna got to know that
    he possessed the jewel, Krishna would not kill him as long as he was performing
    a sacrifice. The sacrifices went on for sixty-two years. And because the jewel
    was in Dvaraka, disease and other evil things disappeared from the city.

    But some relatives of Akrura’s killed some other yadavas and fled the city. Akrura
    also fled with them. And the moment this happened, wild beasts, drought and
    disease returned to Dvaraka. At first people thought that this was happening
    because a holy man like Akrura had left the city. Akrura was therefore brought back
    and immediately the wild beasts, drought and disease disappeared.

    Krishna, however, reasoned that all this could not be happening simply because
    Akrura was a holy man. There must be more to it than that. How was it that Akrura
    performed one yajna after another? Where did he get the money? He was not a
    rich man. He must therefore have the jewel.

    Krishna called an assembly of the Yadavas in his house. And there he told Akrura.
    “We all know that Shatadhanva had left the syamantaka jewel with you. Let the
    jewel remain with you, there is no harm in that. We are all gaining from its
    presence here in the city. But Baladeva suspects that I have stolen it. Will you
    please show it to him once to set his suspicions at rest?”

    Akrura reasoned that if he lied, they might search his clothes and discover
    the jewel. So he took out the jewel from a golden box that he kept hidden inside
    his clothes. He offered it to the Yadava who was most worthy of it.

    The jewel was so attractive that Baladeva also began to covet it. So did Satyabhama,
    since she thought that if the jewel had belonged to her father it was now rightfully
    hers. Krishna felt that a quarrel was imminent and intervented. He said, “this jewel
    brings happiness to the kingdom only if someone pure wears it. If someone impure
    wears it, the wearer is destroyed. I should not wear it, I am not really pure, I have
    sixteen thousand wives. For the same reason, let not Satyahama possess it. Nor
    should Baladeva have it, he drinks all the time. Let the jewel stay with Akrura.”
    And this was agreed to.

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    4th Section

    Shishupala


    In an earlier life, Shishupala had been Hiranayakashipu. He was subsequently
    born as Shishupala, the son of Dama Ghosha, the King of Chedi. His mother
    was Shrutashrava, the sister of Vasudeva, Krishna’s father. Just as Hiranyakashipu
    was killed by Vishnu, Shishupala was killed by Krishna. Shishupala had also been
    born as Ravana and had been killed by Rama.

    Shantanu and Devapi

    In the line of Kuru there used to be a king known as Pratipa. Pratipa had three sons,
    Devapi, Shantanu and Vahlika. Devapi left for the forest when he was very young
    and Shantanu became king.

    For twelve years there was no rain in Shantanu’s kingdom. To find out why, King
    Shantanu called all the brahmanas. The brahmanas explained that this was happening
    because Devapi should rightfully have been the king. An elder son is the person who
    should rule, unless of course the elder son happens to be an outright sinner. To make
    the rains come, it was thus imperative that Devapi should be brought back as king.

    Shantanu had a minister named Ashmasari. This minster sent a preacher to Devapi
    in the forest. The preacher preached against the Vedas. Slowly the preacher turned
    Devapi’s mind away from the holy texts. When the brahmanas and Shantanu went
    to the forest to offer the kingdom to Devapi, they found that Devapi was saying
    various things that were against the Vedas. Devapi had thus become a sinner and
    the kingdom was not offered to him. Shantanu continued to be the kinga nd now
    it rained.

    Shantanu and Ganga married and they had a son called Bhishma. Shantanu also
    married Satyavati and had two sons called Vichitravirya and Chitrangada. Dhritarashtra
    and Pandu were descended from Vichitravirya. The five sons of Pandu, the Pandanvas,
    married Droupadi and Droupadi’s sons were Prativindhya, Sutasoma, Shrutakiriti,
    Shantanika and Shrutakarma. The Pandavas had other sons as well. Yudhishthira
    married Youdheyi and had a son called Dvaka. Bhima married Hidimba and had a
    son called Ghatotkacha. He also married Kashi and had a son called Sarvatraga.
    Nakula married Karenumati and had a son called Nirmitra. Sahadeva married
    Vijaya and had a son called Suhotra. Arjuna had many wives. From Ulupi he had
    a son called Iravan, from Chitrangada he had a son called Babhruvahana and
    from Subhadra he had a son called Abhimanyu.

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