Bhavishya Purana (English)
author: Sri Krisna Dvaipayana Vedavyasa
edition: 2007, Ras Bihari Lal and Sons
Summary: The English translation of the Bhavishya Purana, one of the eighteen major Puranas narrating stories of ancient histories and dealing with encyclopedic knowledge of history, science, arts and mythology. The Bhavishyapurana specifically deals with stories of events of the future and the past.
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The Bhavisya Purana is one of the eighteen major Puranas as stated in the text of srimad Bhagavatam (12.7.23-24): The eighteen major Purana are the Brahma Padma, Visnua, Siva, Lingna, Garuda, Narada, Bhagavata, Agni, Skanda, Bhavisya, Brahma-Vaivarta, Markandya, Vamana, Varaha, Matsya, Kurma and Brahmanda Puranas. Later in the Srimad Bhagavatam (12.13.4-9) when the number of verses contained in each of these major puranas is listed it is said; the Bhavisya Puranas (consists of ) fourteen thousand five hundred (verses). This present edition of the Bhavisya Purana is divided into four parts Brahma Parva Madhyama Parva, Pratisarga Parva, and Uttara Parva.
It is generally understood that the Puranas deal with ancient histories not only on this planet but on planets throughout the universe. The specific appeal of this Purana, however, is that it narrates incidents that will occur in the future as well as account that happened in the distant part.
The Bhavisya Purana is supremely beneficial, it is the greatest of all literatures, and it enhances one's intelligence. It awards one an exalted reputation, and enables one to achieve the eternal goal of life. All types of religious principles are described in this literature. The faults and good qualities of all kinds of activities are mentioned herein (Chapter 1, texts 79-80)
Apart from this, the compilers of this literature have included many historical incidents and traditional stories. A description of the creation of the three worlds, the various purificatory processes, and ancient histories are found in this great literature (Chapter 1, text 85)
This literature also includes glorification of those who speak on spiritual matters, the rules and regulations for observing various vows, the proper etiquette to be observed by the members of the four asrama, the duties of a student who has just returned after completing his studies at the gurukula, intimate association with women, the procedures for marriage, the characteristics of men, and the characteristics of women. (Chapter 1, texts 86-87)
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