Monasticism and Liberation – Chapter 18 – Slokas 18.61 – 18.65

The Blessed Lord said, "isvarah sarva-bhutanam hrd-dese 'rjuna tisthati bhramayan sarva-bhutani yantrarudhani mayaya - O Arjuna, the Lord - Isvarah resides - tisthati in the region of the heart - hrd-dese of all creatures - sarva-bhutānām, revolving - bhrāmayan through Māyā - māyayā all the creatures - sarva-bhutāni as though mounted on a machine - yantra-ārudhāni!   tam eva saranam... Continue Reading →

Monasticism and Liberation – Chapter 18 – Slokas 18.56 – 18.60

The Blessed Lord said, "sarva-karmany api sada kurvano mad-vyapasrayah mat-prasadad avapnoti sasvatam padam avyayam - Ever - sadā engaging even in - kurvānah api all actions, one to whom I am the refuge - madvyapāsrayah, attains - āpnoti the eternal - sāsvatam, immutable - avyayam State - padam through My grace - mat-prasādāt.   cetasa sarva-karmani mayi sannyasya mat-parah buddhi-yogam... Continue Reading →

Monasticism and Liberation – Chapter 18 – Slokas 18.51 – 18.55

The Blessed Lord said, "buddhya visuddhaya yukto dhrtyatmanam niyamya ca sabdadin visayams tyaktva raga-dvesau vyudasya ca - Being endowed - yuktah with a pure - visuddhayā intellect - buddhyā, and controlling - niyamya oneself - ātmānam with fortitude - dhrtyā, rejecting - tyaktvā the objects - visayān - beginning from sound - sabdādin, and eliminating - vyudasya attachment and hatred -... Continue Reading →

Monasticism and Liberation – Chapter 18 – Slokas 18.41 – 18.45

The Blessed Lord said, "brahmana-ksatriya-visam sudranam ca parantapa karmani pravibhaktani svabhava-prabhavair gunaih - O scorcher of enemies - parantapa, the duties - karmāni of the Brāhmanas, the Kshatriyas and the Vaisyas - brāhmana-ksatriya-visām, as also of the Sudras - sudrānām have been fully classified - pravibhaktāni according to the gunas - gunaih born from Nature - svabhāva-prabhavaih.   samo... Continue Reading →

Monasticism and Liberation – Chapter 18 – Slokas 18.26 – 18.30

The Blessed Lord said, "mukta-sango 'naham-vadi dhrty-utsaha-samanvitah siddhy-asiddhyor nirvikarah karta sattvika ucyate - The agent - kartā who is free from attachment - mukta-sangah, not egotistic - anahamvādi, endowed with fortitude and diligence - dhrti-utsāha-samanvitah and unperturbed - nirvikārah by success and failure - siddhi-asiddhyoh is said to be possessed of sattva.    The agent who has attachment, who is desirous of the results... Continue Reading →

Monasticism and Liberation – Chapter 18 – Slokas 18.01 – 18.05

Arjuna said, "sannyasasya maha-baho tattvam icchami veditum tyagasya ca hrsikesa prthak kesi-nisudana - O mighty-armed Hrsikesa, O slayer of Kesi, I want to know severally the truth - tattvam about sannyāsa as also about tyāga".   The Blessed Lord said, "kamyanam karmanam nyasam sannyasam kavayo viduh sarva-karma-phala-tyagam prahus tyagam vicaksanah - The learned ones know sannyāsa to be the... Continue Reading →

The three kinds of faith – Chapter 17 – Slokas 17.16 – 17.20

The Blessed Lord said, "manah-prasadah saumyatvam maunam atma-vinigrahah bhava-samsuddhir ity etat tapo manasam ucyate - Tranquillity of mind - manah-prasādah, gentleness - saumyatvam, reticence - maunam, withdrawal of the mind - ātma- vinigrahah, purity of heart - bhāva-samsuddhih, - these are what is called mental austerity.   sraddhaya paraya taptam tapas tat tri-vidham naraih aphalakanksibhir yuktaih sattvikam paricaksate -   When... Continue Reading →

The Divine and the demoniacal attributes – Chapter 16 – Slokas 16.16 – 16.20

The Blessed Lord said, "Bewildered by numerous thoughts -  aneka-citta-vibhrāntāh, caught in the net of delusion - moha-jāla-samāvrtāh, and engrossed in the enjoyment of desirable objects - kāma-bhogesu, they fall into a foul hell.   Self-conceited - ātma-sambhāvitāh, haughty - stabdhāh, filled with pride and intoxication of wealth - dhana-māna-mada-anvitāh, they perform sacrifices which are so in name only, with ostentation... Continue Reading →

The Divine and the demoniacal attributes – Chapter 16 – Slokas 16.11 – 16.15

The Blessed Lord said, "Beset with innumerable cares which end only with death, holding that the enjoyment of desirable objects is the highest goal - kāma-upabhoga-paramāh, feeling sure this is all -   Bound by hundreds of shackles in the form of hope - āsā-pāsa-sataih, giving themselves wholly to passion and anger - kāma-krodha-parāyanāh, they endeavour to amass... Continue Reading →

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