The eight essentials of Yoga, etc. the merit that may be acquired by hearing the narration of the Garuda Puranam etc. ||240||
1Lord Hari said: -O Rudra, I have narrated to you the Garuda Purana, the essence of all knowledge. It brings joy to the listener and brings about his release.
2It confers learning, fame, glory, wealth, victory and health. Rudra, he who reads or hears.
3aBrhama said: -O Vyasa, I have heard the Purana from the mouth of Vishnu. It surely brings about liberation to the hearer.
3b-4Vyasa said: -Thus Brahma who had heard the Purana from the mouth of Vishnu related it to Daksha, the Purina becomes omniscient and goes to heaven. Narada and others including myself. I had gone to Vishnu-loka with my mind set on Brahman. I heard this Purana and later on, imparted the same to Sara. Now you have heard the same from the mouth of Suta.
5On hearing the Purana the person attains omniscience satiates his desire, reaps the fruits in the form of realizing the self. This Purana, the essence of all knowledge, Vishnu related to Garuda.
6Suta said: -This Purana contains the essence of all knowledge and confers Dharma, Artha, Kama and Moksha.
7In olden days, Vyasa narrated to me this Purana which he had heard from Brahma. Vyasa who had divided a single Veda into Vedas.
8He divided the single Purana Samhita into eighteen Samhitas. Suka, the son of Vyasa, has narrated tome this fact. And I have related to you this Purana O Saunaka.
9-11Since you have asked me to narrate the Purana to the sages. One who reads or hears or hires the services of a Pandit to recite it to others, or writes it himself or hires the services of a scribe to write it out or keeps the Purana a-t home, attains Dharma, Artha, Kama or Moksha, whatever may be the choice. He satiates his desire by listening to this Purana.
12If he is a Brahmana, he attains the knowledge of the Vedas; if a Kshatriya he is conferred the strength of protection.
13None of the other classes (Vaishya or Sudra) is authorized to hear the Purana. If, by mistake, he narrates it to an unworthy person, he becomes the object of censure.
14But, if he narrates the Purana from behind the screen, then both the deserving and the undeserving person become worthy to hear.
15As Vishnu is a celebrated deity, Garuda is a venerable celebrity. In praising Garuda we praise Vishnu. By singing praise for Garuda, formerly King Vasu stated his desires.
16King Vasu Said: -Homage to Garuda, of irresistible might, the Vehicle of Vishnu, the emblem in the banner of Vishnu and a terror to the Asuras.
17Homage to you, the destroyer of the pride of the Nagas, the nourisher of joy to his mother Vinata, possessed of beautiful wings, guileless, refuge of the piteous Asuras.
18[Now listen to a story]. Once Supratika and Vibhavasu, the two brothers, cursed each other and as a result of curse they were born as the elephant and tortoise.
19-20They had immense bodily height as well as breadth. In their struggle for superiority over each other, you acted as a judge. You released them from the accursed curse which they had inflicted upon each other.
21You swallowed the Nishadas in large proportion. When by mistake you swallowed a pious Brahmana, you vomited him alive, immediately on knowing that he was a brahmana.
22You broke the bough of a Banian tree spread over a hundred yojanas, regardless of the fact that it supported the Balakhilya.
23With mighty effort you seized the elephant and the tortoise, put them in the navel of your thumb, while they were fighting in the support less sky.
24You conquered the gods, together with their leader Indra. O son of Kasyapa, you extinguished the sacrificial fire and carried away the Soma forcibly.
25These were two poisonous serpents who could inject poison by their very sight. You made them sightless by your magical skill.
26Out of devotion for Vishnu you brought Soma from heaven. You did not partake of it yourself. You therefore got a place of honour in the banner of Vishnu and became his vehicle.
27You concealed Soma in the Darbha grass and deceived the Nagas. You carried nectar to the abode of Brahma and distributed the same among the gods.
28O best of birds, by you the tongue of the Nagas was split into two. You released your mother from Kadru, the mother of the Nagas who had made her a slave.
29-31They say that the horse UccaiJJ,sravas is white in complexion but I believe he is dark (for his glory is diminished). In the interest of your mother you had cut off his wings with the stroke of Indra’s thunderbolt. When god Indra say your mighty deed he bestowed upon you the title of honour-Supara.
32By merely meditating on you, one destroys the effect of poison of whatsoever gort. One who hears or reads the Purana gets sensuous pleasure and release.
33Suta said: -King Vasu heard the Garuda Purana and stated his desire. The venerable Garuda meditated on Vishnu and obtained the objects of his desire.
34Suta said: -I have narrated to you the sacred treatise, viz, the Garuda Purana. He who reads this Purana achieves the objects of his desire, and ultimately reaches the supreme goal.
35Byreciting even a quarter of verse, one destroys sins. He who keeps the treatise at home obtains everything in this world.
36He who possesses this Purana attains all that is just. He who reads and hears this Purana enjoys sensuous pleasure and gets also release from world.
37-38By listening to this Purana he attains Dharma, Artha, Kama and Moksha. Desiring a son, he obtains son. Desiring an object he obtains the object. Desiring knowledge he obtains knowledge. Desiring Victory he obtains Victory. If he has killed a brahmin he is absolved of that sin.
39A barren women obtains Son; a girl a good husband. Desiring welfare he obtains welfare. Seeking pleasure he obtains pleasure.
40Desiring auspiciousness, he obtains auspiciousness. Desiring merit, he receives merit. Desiring to be a poet, he becomes a poet. Desiring to learn the secret of knowledge he obtains the secret of knowledge.
41Desirous of knowledge, he obtains knowledge that puts an end to his cycle of birth. This auspicious narrative of the Garuda Purana narrated by Garuda himself is associated with bliss.
42By reading even a single verse one escapes an untimely death. If he reads half a verse, he achieves the end of his wicked foes.
43At Naimisha, at the Sacrifice of sages, Saunaka heard the Purana from Suta. He meditated upon Brahman identifying his self with the Supreme Self and got release.