by G. V. Tagare | 1950 | 2,545,880 words
This page describes Greatness of Gifting Desired Objects which is chapter 236 of the English translation of the Skanda Purana, the largest of the eighteen Mahapuranas, preserving the ancient Indian society and Hindu traditions in an encyclopedic format, detailling on topics such as dharma (virtous lifestyle), cosmogony (creation of the universe), mythology (itihasa), genealogy (vamsha) etc. This is the two hundred thirty-sixth chapter of the Tirtha-mahatmya of the Nagara-khanda of the Skanda Purana.
1-4. Viṣṇu is the bestower of desired things and people are always interested in desired things. Hence, with all efforts one should eschew that (any of the things desired).
A man should eschew a thing to gain the pleasure (favour) of Nārāyaṇa. (Thereby) that man of faith gets it (the thing eschewed) infinitefold.
A man living as a householder should never eat in a copper vessel. Especially in Cāturmāsya one should avoid a copper vessel.
6. Wise people should always take their meals on the leaves of Aśvattha. One who takes meals only once a day (on lives on the same menu) shall be king of the entire sphere of the earth.
7. By eschewing salt a man becomes handsome (fortunate). By abandoning cooked wheat-food one becomes a favourite of the common people.
8. One who restrains (himself) from eating vegetable dishes in Cāturmāsya, shall become long-lived. By eschewing Rasas (juices, beverages) one shall become inordinately strong. By eschewing Madhu (honey, liquor), one shall become beautiful-eyed.
10. By eschewing fruits, one begets many sons. By eschewing oil one gets handsome features. By abandoning Tuvarī (a variety of Dāl, called Tūr in Marathi) one becomes wise and intelligent and always gets strength and virility.
13. By eschewing gold and silver a man becomes powerful. One who abandons curds and milk shall enjoy happiness in Goloka.
15. A person who abandons domestic hermitage and resorts to an external hermitage for the delight of Hari, shall never be an infant in the womb of a mother.
17. By abandoning jaggery and pomegranate great prosperity is obtained. One becomes a favourite of people by eschewing red cloth.
19. A black cloth should be abandoned always and especially in Cāturmāsya. By viewing the Sun one attains purity from looking at blue cloth.
20. One attains the Gandharva-world by abandoning sandal. By eschewing camphor one remains extremely rich throughout the life.
23. If one abandons bed during Cāturmāsya, one never meets with separation from his wife. There is no doubt about it. By abandoning false and disagreeable words, the doorways of salvation become open.
24. Exposing other’s vulnerable and weak points brings in sin immediately. In Cāturmāsya, when Hari is asleep, one should avoid censuring others.
25. Slandering others causes great sin. Censuring others involves great fear. Censuring others causes great misery. There is no greater sin than that.
26. Even as one who listens to (censuring of others) becomes a sinner, so also one who censures incurs great sin. There is no other greater sinner than he.
27-28. By eschewing brushing and embellishing tresses of hairs one becomes rid of the three kinds of Tāpas (distresses). One who retains the nails and hairs, particularly when Hari is asleep, attains the benefit of the holy ablution in Gaṅgā everyday.
29. Viṣṇu should be propitiated by all means. He is worthy of being meditated upon by Yogins and the most excellent ones among all castes. One is liberated from the terrible bondage by the name of Viṣṇu. He is particularly remembered in Cāturmāsya.