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    श्रीशुक उवाच एवमेतन्निगदितं पृष्टवान् यद्भवान् मम । नृणां यन्म्रियमाणानां मनुष्येषु मनीषिणाम् ।। २-३-१ ।।

    Śrī Śukadeva Gosvāmī said: Mahārāja Parīkṣit, as you have inquired from me as to the duty of the intelligent man who is on the threshold of death, so I have answered you. ।। 2-3-1 ।।

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    ब्रह्मवर्चसकामस्तु यजेत ब्रह्मणः पतिम् । इन्द्रमिन्द्रियकामस्तु प्रजाकामः प्रजापतीन् ।। २-३-२ ।।

    One who desires to be absorbed in the impersonal brahmajyoti effulgence should worship the master of the Vedas [Lord Brahmā or Bṛhaspati, the learned priest], one who desires powerful sex should worship the heavenly King, Indra, and one who desires good progeny should worship the great progenitors called the Prajāpatis. ।। 2-3-2 ।।

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    देवीं मायां तु श्रीकामस्तेजस्कामो विभावसुम् । वसुकामो वसून् रुद्रान् वीर्यकामोऽथ वीर्यवान् ।। २-३-३ ।।

    One who desires good fortune should worship Durgādevī, the superintendent of the material world. One desiring to be very powerful should worship fire, and one who aspires only after money should worship the Vasus. One should worship the Rudra incarnations of Lord Śiva if he wants to be a great hero. ।। 2-3-3 ।।

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    अन्नाद्यकामस्त्वदितिं स्वर्गकामोऽदितेः सुतान् । विश्वान् देवान् राज्यकामः साध्यान् संसाधको विशाम् ।। २-३-४ ।।

    One who wants a large stock of grains should worship Aditi. One who desires to attain the heavenly planets should worship the sons of Aditi. One who desires a worldly kingdom should worship Viśvadeva, and one who wants to be popular with the general mass of population should worship the Sādhya demigod. ।। 2-3-4 ।।

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    आयुष्कामोऽश्विनौ देवौ पुष्टिकाम इलां यजेत् । प्रतिष्ठाकामः पुरुषो रोदसी लोकमातरौ ।। २-३-५ ।।

    One who desires a long span of life should worship the demigods known as the Aśvinī-kumāras, and a person desiring a strongly built body should worship the earth. One who desires stability in his post should worship the horizon and the earth combined. ।। 2-3-5 ।।