Devi Bhagavatam Purana, The First Book, On the questions by Śaunaka and others. O Sūta! Those persons that do not hear the Purāṇas, are certainly deprived by the Creator, though they have apparently the organ of hearing, of the power of tasting the sweet essence of words; because, the organ of hearing is gratified then and then only when it hears the words of the wise men.

Devi Bhagavatam Purana, The First Book, Chapter 2, On questions put by Śaunaka and other Rishis. O Brahmins! I bow down to the gentle lotus feet, known in the three Lokas, of the Devī Bhagavatī, praised by Brahmā and the other devas Viṣṇu, Maheśa and others, meditated always by the Munindras and which the Yogis contemplate as their source of liberation.

Devi Bhagavatam Purana, The First Book, Chapter 3, On praising the Purāṇas and on each Vyāsa of every Dvāpara Yuga.O best of the Munis! I am now telling you the names of the Purāṇas, etc., exactly as I have heard from Veda Vyāsa, the son of Satyavati; listen.

Devi Bhagavatam Purana, The First Book, Chapter 4, On the Excellency of the Devī. O Janārdana! Thou art the Deva of the Devas; why art thou meditating in Yoga? And what is it that Thou art meditating? Thou art the Lord of the entire Universe and yet Thou art now merged in deep meditation. At this I am greatly surprised. What more wonderful than this can happen?

Devi Bhagavatam Purana, The First Book, Chapter 6, On the questions by Śaunaka and others. the Pundits divide in three classes, the objects of hearing, as (1) Sāttvic, (2) Rājasic and (3) Tāmasic. The Vedas and other Śāstras are Sāttvic; the literature Sahitya is the Rājasic and war news and finding fault with others is Tāmasic. The wise persons again sub-divide the Sāttvic in three sub-classes:

THE FIRST BOOK Chapter VII On the praise of the Devī 1-26. Sūta said: Seeing the two Dānavas very powerful, Brahmā, the knower of all the Śāstras, thought of the means Sāma, Dana, Bheda, Danḍa (conciliation, gifts, bribe, or sowing dissensions and war or punishment); which of these four he should apply. He thought thus: “I do not know their...

THE FIRST BOOK Chapter IX On the killing of Madhu Kaiṭabha 1-49. Sūta said:- O Munis! When the excellent Tāmasī Śaktī, the Goddess presiding over sleep came out from the eyes, mouth, nose, heart, etc., of the body of the World- Guru Viṣṇu and rested in the celestial space, then the powerful Lord Viṣṇu began to yawn and got up...

BOOK 1 | SHRIMAD DEVI BHAGAVATAM Chapter X On Śiva’s granting boons 1-37. The Riṣis said: “O Sūta! You told before, that Vyāsa Deva, unrivalled spirit, composed all the Purāṇas and taught them to his own Śūka Deva; but how did Vyāsadeva, who was incessantly engaged in tapasyā, procreate Śūka? Describe to us in detail what you heard direct from...

THE FIRST BOOK Chapter XI On the birth of Buddha 1-86. The Riṣis said: “O Sūta! Who is that King Pururavā? And who is the Deva girl Urvaśī? And how did that high-souled King Pururavā come into trouble? O son of Lomahārṣaṇa! Kindly describe now all these to me. We are now desirous to hear sweet words from the lotus...

Devi Bhagavatam Purana, The First Book, Chapter 12, On the birth of Pururavā. O Mahāṛṣis! The son of the above mentioned Buddha is the greatly religious Pururavā, of a very charitable disposition, and always ready to perform sacrificial acts; he was born of a kshattriya woman named Ilā; and I will now describe how this Pururavā was born of Ilā and Buddha, kindly listen.