Bhagavadgita (Dover Thrift Editions) by Sir Edwin Arnold

By Sir Edwin Arnold

Written within the type of a poetic discussion, it probes Hindu strategies of the character of God and what guy should still do to arrive him, delivering a desirable synopsis of the non secular notion and adventure of India in the course of the a long time. This variation deals the vintage English verse translation by means of Sir Edwin Arnold (1832–1904). Explanatory footnotes.

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Nay! but once more Take My last word, My utmost meaning have! Precious thou art to Me; right well−beloved! Listen! tell thee for thy comfort this. Give Me thy heart! adore Me! serve Me! cling In faith and love and reverence to Me! So shalt thou come to Me! I promise true, For thou art sweet to Me! And let go those− Rites and writ duties! Fly to Me alone! Make Me thy single refuge! will free Thy soul from all its sins! Be of good cheer! [Hide, the holy Krishna saith, This from him that hath no faith, Him that worships not, nor seeks Wisdom's teaching when she speaks: Hide it from all men who mock; But, wherever, 'mid the flock Of My lovers, one shall teach This divinest, wisest, speech− Teaching in the faith to bring Truth to them, and offering Of all honour unto Me− Unto Brahma cometh he!

Learn thou it is this: To see one changeless Life in all the Lives, And in the Separate, One Inseparable. There is imperfect Knowledge: that which sees The separate existences apart, And, being separated, holds them real. " There is "right" Action: that which− being enjoined− Is wrought without attachment, passionlessly, For duty, not for love, nor hate, nor gain. There is "vain" Action: that which men pursue Aching to satisfy desires, impelled By sense of self, with all−absorbing stress: The BHAGAVAD−GITA 54 The BHAGAVAD−GITA This is of Rajas− passionate and vain.

Holy souls see Which strive thereto. Enlightened, they perceive That Spirit in themselves; but foolish ones, Even though they strive, discern not, having hearts Unkindled, ill−informed! Know, too, from Me Shineth the gathered glory of the suns Which lighten all the world: from Me the moons Draw silvery beams, and fire fierce loveliness. I penetrate the clay, and lend all shapes Their living force; I glide into the plant− Root, leaf, and bloom− to make the woodlands green With springing sap. Becoming vital warmth, I glow in glad, respiring frames, and pass, With outward and with inward breath, to feed The body by all meats.

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