By Sir Edwin Arnold
Written within the kind of a poetic discussion, it probes Hindu options of the character of God and what guy should still do to arrive him, supplying a desirable synopsis of the spiritual notion and event of India during the a while. This variation deals the vintage English verse translation via Sir Edwin Arnold (1832–1904). Explanatory footnotes.
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By tie of works. But Ignorance, begot Of Darkness, blinding mortal men, binds down Their souls to stupor, sloth, and drowsiness. Yea, Prince of India! Soothfastness binds souls In pleasant wise to flesh; and Passion binds By toilsome strain; but Ignorance, which blots The beams of wisdom, binds the soul to sloth. Passion and Ignorance, once overcome, Leave Soothfastness, O Bharata! Where this With Ignorance are absent, Passion rules; And Ignorance in hearts not good nor quick. − engrained; and where Darkness and dulness, sloth and stupor are, 'Tis Ignorance hath caused them, Kuru Chief!
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!
I am what surveys! Only that knowledge knows which knows the known By the knower! What it is, that "field" of life, What qualities it hath, and whence it is, And why it changeth, and the faculty That wotteth it, the mightiness of this, And how it wotteth− hear these things from Me! The elements, the conscious life, the mind, The unseen vital force, the nine strange gates Of the body, and the five domains of sense; Desire, dislike, pleasure and pain, and thought Deep−woven, and persistency of being; These all are wrought on Matter by the Soul!
Bhagavadgita (Dover Thrift Editions) by Sir Edwin Arnold