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Dharmo rakshati rakshitah (Dharma protects those who protect it)



The Puranas


A compact, English-only version of

the Major 18 Puranas in one document
(overview of 18 Upa-Puranas,

and 28 additional Puranas - TBD)


Issue 1, Draft 1

Compiled by the Dharmic Scriptures Team

October 3, 2002

Index:

Introduction 4

Sources: 5

1 Brahma Purana 6

2 Padma Purana 11

3 Vishnu Purana 41

4 Skanda Purana 107

5 Shiva Maha-Purana 140

6 Vamana Purana 219

7 Markandeya Purana 258

8 Varaha Purana 310

9 Brahma Vaivart Purana 341

10 Agni Purana 369

11 Bhavishya Purana 397

12 Kurma Purana 407

13 Matsya Purana 436

14 Garuda Purana 438

15 Brahmananda Purana 463

16 Shrimad Bhagavata Purana 464

17 Linga Purana 528

18 Narad Purana 544

19 Sanatkumar Purana (Upa-Purana 1) 560

20 Narasimha Purana (Upa-Purana 2) 560

21 Brihannaradiya Purana (Upa-Purana 3) 560

22 Sivarahasya Purana (Upa-Purana 4) 561

23 Durvasa Purana (Upa-Purana 5) 561

24 Kapila Purana (Upa-Purana 6) 561

25 Vamana Purana (Upa-Purana 7) 562

26 Bhargava Purana (Upa-Purana 8) 562

27 Varuna Purana (Upa-Purana 9) 562

28 Kalika Purana (Upa-Purana 10) 563

29 Samba Purana (Upa-Purana 11) 563

30 Nandi Purana (Upa-Purana 12) 563

31 Surya Purana (Upa-Purana 13) 564

32 Parasara Purana (Upa-Purana 14) 564

33 Vasishtha Purana (Upa-Purana 15) 564

34 Devi-Bhagavata Purana (Upa-Purana 16) 565

35 Ganesha Purana (Upa-Purana 17) 565

36 Hamsa Purana (Upa-Purana 18) 565


Introduction


At present, there is no single place where Dharmins (‘Hindus’) can go to download and read ALL their scriptures IN THEIR ENTIRETY. Numerous sites exist that provide portions of scriptures and/or commentary on scriptures, but no single website has thus far undertaken the immense task of posting all scriptures of Sanatana Dharma (“Hindu-ism”).

 

There are three goals of this effort:



 

1) The short-term goal (3-5 years) of this project is to collect, organize, publish (online and in hardcopy) and disseminate knowledge of all Dharmic scriptures throughout the world.

 

2) The intermediate-term goal (5-7 years) of this project is to glean the best knowledge and wisdom from all these scriptures and from other sources (modern experience, ideas) into a single, unified holy book for Dharmins – The Dharma Veda. This book will act as a guide for Dharmins and as an index into all the supporting scriptures. Unlike the Bible and Quran of Christianity and Islam respectively, the Dharma Veda will NOT be a closed canon - frozen in time based upon mindless dogmas. It will be updated on a regular basis with the input of the Dharmasya (global Dharmic community). The essence of Dharma is Truth and Universal Law – it is NOT dogma or blind belief (as is the case with Matas such as Christianity and Islam). The term 'mata' means a belief, view or opinion and HAS NOTHING TO DO WITH DHARMA. Therefore, it is important to explain to non-Dharmins that Sanatana Dharma is based on the Truth and is therefore a much higher concept than a ‘religion’. For the purposes of conversation, we can refer to Dharma as a religion, but it is then necessary for the Dharmin to educate the non-Dharmin as to the higher meaning and greater Truth of Dharma.

 

3) The long-term goal (7 years and beyond) of this project is to leverage the Dharma Veda to bring about a Global Dharmic Renaissance that will leave no nation untouched. The world needs a more robust, more sophisticated ‘religion’ to practice and the time for Sanatana Dharma has come. The 21st century may become the Dharmic Century after all!

 

Thank you,



 

Dharmic Scriptures Team


Sources:




  1. Website: www.urday.com

1Brahma Purana


This Purana contains 4 Chapters as follows.

1.1Lord Brahma


This chapter contains 9 sections:

1.1.1A Profile of Brahmaji


APPEARANCE OF BRAHMAJI

According to the scriptures, Brahmaji was born on the lotus that had arisen from the navel of eternal ommipresent Lord Narayan Vishnu. During the period of deluge (Pralaya) all the creations was destroyed and the creatures that had gone into Maharloka (the fourth of the upper worlds according to the Puranas), take birth again on the earth as per their deeds. God who keeps an account of the innumerable deeds of those inumerable creatures and arrange for their incarnations is called Brahma.


1.1.2Scriptural Appearance of Brahmaji


Scriptures describe the appearance of Brahmaji thus:

CHATURMUKHD VEDADHARAH SAKSHASUTRA KAMANDALUH |
HANSARUDHO RAKTAVASA BRAHMALOKA PITAMAH ||

Meaning: He has four heads, holds Vedas, Rosary, Yagyopavita (Sacred thread) and Kamandalu (bowl); wears red cothes and rides a swan. He is none other than Brahmaji, grandfather of all of us.

1.1.3Four Heads of Brahmaji


Brahmaji is shown with four heads, Besides being the creator of the universe, Brahmaji is a deponent of the deeds of all the creatures as well, alloting the creatures various incarnations as per their deed is duty of Brahmaji. Hence the full knowledge of a creatures deed is an indispensable precondition before deciding an incarnation for it. Only then full justice could be assured for a creature. Hence to look around in all the directions, Brahmaji is shown with the four heads.

1.1.4White Beard of Brahmaji


Brahmaji is the great grandfather of all of us. Hence his appearance must match his status. Since antiquity, in a single day of Brahmaji no one knows how many members of creatures take birth and die. The period since antiquity can be calculated according to astrology. Since Brahmaji has such an eternal existance, his appearance must correspondend to his eternity as well, so that feeling of respect could naturally arise among the people for him. Hence, Lord Brahma is shown with a white beard.

1.1.5Swan as a Vehicle

Swan is a white bird. God has bestowed it with unique virtues. Virtues that are not to be found in any creature of the eighty-four lakh incarnations, their virtue is NEERA-KSHEERA VIVEKA, that is, if milk is mixed with water, a swan is capable of separating milk from water and taking it rejecting the water. It is an indication fof Brahmaji that every creature deserves a full justice regarding his deeds , no matter how much entangled it might be. There should not be any ado in the justice. People must also learn from it that they should imbibe only the valuable part of a thing and discard the worthless. Only then they could be regarded as a doer of good deeds and thus receive honour in the society.

1.1.6Purpose of Holding Vedas


Brahmaji is also shown as holding Vedas is one of his hands why? It is natural to be curious about it. Vedas are undoubtedly the most ancient scriptures in the word. Even the great deluge (Pralaya) could not destroy Vedas for almighty Brahma himself had taken incarnation to save Vedas during deluge. Hence Vedas have no beginning and no end. Besides Vedas also remind Brahmaji of the previous Kalpa (the grand period that includes all the four Yugas). Vedas also teach us that everything is destructible, only the truth can not be destroyed. Hence in the carnation of destructible body, never forget the indestructible, eternal, almighty Paramatma because every other thing in the world is bound to be destroyed one day.

1.1.7Rosary in Second Hand


The great grandfather of all the creatures Lord Brahma teaches by his appearance that the human incarnation is not just for the mundane jobs. Instead among the mundane jobs, human being must keep on remembering the almighty Paramatma. Because without reciting the name of almighty God welfare of any human being is simply not possible. Hence, by the rosary in second hand Brahmaji teaches that, always keep on telling the name of almighty God, for your welfare. It is therefore written also -

JAPATA SIDDHIH JAPATASIDDHIH JAPATASIDHIH NASANSHAYAH

Meaning : One gets perfection only in the name of almighty God, there is no doubt in it. Hence, comprehensing these things human being must keep on reciting and telling the name of omnipresent God whether he is moving, or sitting, eating or drinking and sleeping or awakening.

1.1.8Kamandalu (Coconut Shell Bowl)

JALAMEV JEEVANAM

That is water is life. Water is the basic physical element that caused the whole creation to exist. The coconut shell bowl (Kamandalu) held by Brahmaji; also holds water, thus depicting the hassle free existence and continuence of the whole creation.


1.1.9Seat of the Lotus


Lotus is the seat for Lord Brahma Lotus also adorns the hand of Lord Vishnu and is an essential item to worship Lord Shiva. Every one knows that the lotus grows from the muck. Thus, it teaches that inspite of being born of the muck be as pure as possible. Including humans, all creatures are born out of the muck called passion and illusion. They are unable to free themselves from these two. Thus the lotus seat of Brahmaji teaches that regardless of origin one must strive to be as free and pure as possible from the influences of one's origin. In another words, humans must obtain themselves from the passion and illusion of the world despite being surrounded by them.




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