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Garuda Purana

Garuda Purana

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Para los interesados en los puranas. Esto es lo que he hallado y espero que sea para su placer.
Para los interesados en los puranas. Esto es lo que he hallado y espero que sea para su placer.

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The GarudaPurana
Translated byErnest Wood andS.V.Subrahmanyam
[1911]
Contents Start Reading  This is a translation of an abridged version of the Garuda Purana. The Garuda Purana is oneof the Vishnu Puranas. It is in the form of a dialog between Vishnu and Garuda, the King of Birds. The second section of this Purana (given here) deals with issues connected with death,particularly funeral rites and the metaphysics of reincarnation. Portions of the Garuda Puranaare used by some Hindus as funeral liturgy. Indeed, some consider it unlucky to read this textexcept during funerals.Of interest are the intermediate states between birth and rebirth, which roughly correspond tothe western concepts of Hell and Heaven. Since this was written during the medieval era, it ispossible that the writer of this text had contact with Christianity. Earlier Hindu texts do notelaborate about 'hell' and 'heaven,' at least not to this extent, and the subject is completelyabsent in the oldest texts. Here, the torments of Hell are described in terms that would not beout of place in a Baptist revival tent (or Dante, for that matter). In addition, the four-square
 
city of Yama, the God of Death, is reminiscent of the heavenly city in Revelation. However,these are way stations between incarnations (or, as termed in the Tibetan Book of the Dead,
 Bardos
), not a permanent destination.The Garuda Purana starts with the details of the afterlife. Following this is an account of funeral procedures, including rituals, the astrological timing of the post-death observances,and ritual gifts. Balancing the extended vision of Hell in the earlier part of the document is ashorter account of the City of Yama. After that is an enumeration of correspondences betweenthe macrocosmos and the human body. The final part of this text is an appeal to self-knowledge as the key to liberation, going beyond austerities and study of the texts. "The fool,not knowing that the truth is seated in himself, is bewildered by the Shastras,--a foolishgoatherd, with the young goat under his arm, peers into the well."Title Page Contents Introduction Chapter I. An Account of the Miseries of the Sinful in this World and the Other Chapter II. An Account of The Way of Yama Chapter III. An Account of the Torments of YamaChapter VI. An Account of the Kinds of Sins which lead to Hell Chapter V. An Account of the Signs of Sins Chapter VI. The Miseries of Birth of the Sinful Chapter VII. Babhruvâhana's Sacrament for the Departed One Chapter VIII. An Account of the Gifts for the Dying Chapter IX. An Account of the Rites for the Dying Chapter X. The Collecting of the Bones from the Fire Chapter XI. An Account of the Ten-Days' Ceremonies Chapter XII. An Account of the Eleventh-day Rite Chapter XIII. An Account of the Ceremony for all the Ancestors Chapter XIV. An Account of the City of the King of Justice Chapter XV. An Account of the Coming to Birth of People who have done Good Chapter XVI. An Account of the Law for Liberation
 
The Garuda Purana Index
The GarudaPurana
Translated byErnest Wood andS.V.Subrahmanyam
[1911]
Contents Start Reading  This is a translation of an abridged version of the Garuda Purana. The Garuda Purana is one of theVishnu Puranas. It is in the form of a dialog between Vishnu and Garuda, the King of Birds. The secondsection of this Purana (given here) deals with issues connected with death, particularly funeral rites and
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