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Garuda Puran
Garuda Puran

Sonali Sundar
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Who is the author of Garuda Puran. What is the basic content of this Puran

Posted On : 3/31/2009 2:51:13 AM

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Garuda Purana is one of the Puranas, which are part of the Hindu texts known as smriti. Garuda Purana is in the form of instructions by Vishnu to his carrier, Garuda The King of Birds, a vimana of Lord Vishnu . This Purana deals with astronomy, medicine, grammar, and gemstone structure and qualities. Garuda Purana is considered the authoritative Vedic reference volume describing the Nine Pearls, which includes not only the well known Oyster Pearl, but also the Conch Pearl, Cobra Pearl, Boar Pearl, Elephant Pearl, Bamboo Pearl, Whale Pearl, Fish Pearl, and Cloud Pearl. The Garuda Purana is a Vaishnava Purana and has nineteen thousand shlokas. It is a medium-sized Purana and the thousand shlokas of it are divided into two parts, a purva khanda first part and an uttara khanda subsequent part . Each khanda has several chapters adhyaya . The purva khanda is much longer, it has two hundred and thirty-four chapters. The Uttara khanda has only forty-five. The latter half of this Purana deals with life after death. The Hindus of India generally read this Purana while cremating the bodies of the dead. This has given great importance to the origin of Garuda. There are nineteen thousand verses describing the ways to the Lord.

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This is a translation of an abridged version of the Garuda Purana. The Garuda Purana is one of 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 deals with issues connected with death, particularly funeral rites and the metaphysics of reincarnation. Portions of the Garuda Purana are used by some Hindus as funeral liturgy. Indeed, some consider it unlucky to read this text except during funerals. Of interest are the intermediate states between birth and rebirth, which roughly correspond to the western concepts of Hell and Heaven. Since this was written during the medieval era, it is possible that the writer of this text had contact with Christianity. Earlier Hindu texts do not elaborate about hell and heaven, at least not to this extent, and the subject is completely absent in the oldest texts. Here, the torments of Hell are described in terms that would not be out 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 a shorter account of the City of Yama. After that is an enumeration of correspondences between the 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 foolish goatherd, with the young goat under his arm, peers into the well.

Posted On : 4/6/2009 1:12:28 AM

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Garuda Purana is in the form of instructions by Vishnu to his carrier, Garuda The King of Birds - a vimana of Lord Vishnu . This Purana deals with astronomy, medicine, grammar, and gemstone structure and qualities.The Garuda Purana has nineteen thousand shlokas. It is a medium-sized Purana.The latter half of this Purana deals with life after death. The Hindus of north-India generally read this Purana while cremating the bodies of the dead. Garuda purana tells about different types of hells and about what deeds should be done to avoid them.This has given great importance to the origin of Garuda. There are nineteen thousand verses describing the ways to the Lord. Garuda Purana explains the make up of the physical body as well as the subtle body with the six Chakras, and advises that we breathe 21600 times during 24 hours and that each inhaling and exhaling be made into an act of japa mala with such mantras as Soham, Hare Ram etc.

Posted On : 4/6/2009 4:39:34 AM

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