The Garuda Purana

by Manmatha Nath Dutt | 1908 | 245,256 words | ISBN-13: 9788183150736

The English translation of the Garuda Purana: contents include a creation theory, description of vratas (religious observances), sacred holidays, sacred places dedicated to the sun, but also prayers from the Tantrika ritual, addressed to the sun, to Shiva, and to Vishnu. The Garuda Purana also contains treatises on astrology, palmistry, and preci...

Chapter CXLI - descriptions of kings who came after Janamejaya

Hari said:—The son of Shatanika was Ashmedhadatta, whose son was Adhisimaka, whose son was Krishna, whose son was Aniruddha, whose son was Ushana, whose son was Chitraratha, whose son was Shuchidratha, whose son was Vrishnimana, whose son was Susena, whose son was Sunitha, whose son was Arichakshu, whose son was Mukavana, whose son was Medhavi, who was the father of Jaya.

The son of Nripanjaya Pariplava, whose son was Sunaya, whose son was Medhavi, who was the father of Nripanjaya, The son of this Nripanjaya was Hari, whose son was Tigma, whose son was Vrihadratha, whose son was Shatanika who was the father of Sudanaka. The son of Sudanaka was Udana, whose son was Anninara, whose son was Dantapani, whose son was Nimittaka, whose son was Kshemaka who was the father of Shudra.

Now hear me narrate the genealogy of princes, who would grace in future the life of Vrihadvala of the race of Ikshaku. The son of Vrihadvala would be Urukshaya, whose son would be Vatsavyuha, whose son would be Vrihadashva, whose son would be Bhanuratha, whose son would be Prativya, whose son would be Pratilaka, whose son would be Manudeva, whose son would be Sunakshatra, whose son would be Kinnara, whose son would be Antarikshaka. Antarikshaka would beget Suparna, who would beget Kritajit, who would beget the pious Vrihadbhraja, who would beget Kritanjaya, who would beget Dhananjaya, who would beget Sanjaya, who would beget Shakya. Shakya would beget Shuddhodana, who would beget Vahula, who would beget Senajit, who would beget Kshudraka, who would beget Samitra, who would beget Kudava, who would beget Sumitra.

Now hear me narrate the genealogy of the princes of Magadha. The son of Jarasandha was Surapi, Whose son was Shrutashrava, whose son was Ayutayu, whose son was Niramitra, whose son was Svakshetra, whose son was Karmaka. The son of Karmaka was Shrutanjaya, whose son was Senajit, whose son was Bhuri, whose son was Shuchi, whose son was Kshemya, whose son was Suvrata, whose son was Dharma, whose son was Shmashruma, whose son was Dridhasenaka, whose son was Sumati, whose son was Savala, whose son was Nita, whose son was Satyajit, whose son was Vishvajit, whose son was Ishanjay. All these princes were of the race of Vrihadratha. After this, impious Shudra kings, who would stick at nothing to gain their ends, would be the rulers of the world, and oppression, duplicity and falsehood would be the only recognised principles of statecraft.

The eternal Narayana, who suffers no change nor decay, is the creator, protector and disintegrator of the cosmic Universe. This Pralaya or dissolution of the cosmos admits of being grouped under three different heads; such as, the Naimittika (accidental or contingent, and conditional); Prakritika (physical and cosmic); and lastly, atyantika (final, and without any chance of the re-integration and re-combination of its molecules). The different categories of cosmic evolution will merge in one another in the inverse order of their enumeration, viz., the solids will dissolve into the liquids, the liquids will be absorbed in the gaseous or the heat, the heat will die away in the ether, the ether will be merged in the etherine, the etherine, in the category of Ahankara (Egoism); the Ahankara in the principle of Intellection, (Buddhitattva); the Intellection in the Self or Jiva, and the Jiva in the unmanifest Brahma. Vishnu, the Soul of the Universe, is the only deathless Reality in the Universe, which makes itself patent in the shape of Nar Narayana (the Divine Man.) The universe is transient and illusory. Many kings there had been in the world and many more will come and pass away as fitful shadows. Therefore Walk ye not in the paths of the unrighteous. Abjure sin and Work out the purity of thought, for in such thoughts consists the salvation of a man; and such thoughts lead to the blissful Hari.