Bhagavadgita (Dover Thrift Editions) by Sir Edwin Arnold

By Sir Edwin Arnold

The Bhagavadgita is a part of the good Indian epic the Mahabharata, and it really is one of many significant non secular records of the realm, occupying in Hinduism a place no longer in contrast to the Sermon at the Mount in Christianity. the most celebrated treasures of worldwide literature to boot, it really is within the kind of a poetic discussion among the epic's hero, Arjuna, and his good friend Krishna, believed to be an incarnation of God.
The discussion, which happens at the eve of an historical conflict, probes the character of God and what guy should still do to arrive him. because the Bhagavadgita unfolds, this majestic poem offers a desirable synopsis of the spiritual concept and adventure of India during the a while. This variation deals the vintage English verse translation through Sir Edwin Arnold (1832–1904), lengthy favorite for its evocation of the real feeling of the unique poetry.

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Which be the signs to know him that hath gone Past the Three Modes? How liveth he? What way Leadeth him safe beyond the threefold Modes? Krishna. He who with equanimity surveys Lustre of goodness, strife of passion, sloth Of ignorance, not angry if they are, Not wishful when they are not: he who sits A sojourner and stranger in their midst Unruffled, standing off, saying− serene− When troubles break, "These be the Qualities! He unto whom− self−centred− grief and joy Sound as one word; to whose deep−seeing eyes The clod, the marble, and the gold are one; Whose equal heart holds the same gentleness For lovely and unlovely things, firm−set, Well−pleased in praise and dispraise; satisfied With honour or dishonour; unto friends And unto foes alike in tolerance; Detached from undertakings,− he is named Surmounter of the Qualities!

This is My judgment, Prince! This My insuperable and fixed decree! Abstaining from a work by right prescribed Never is meet! So to abstain doth spring From "Darkness," and Delusion teacheth it. " this is null! Such an one acts from "passion;" nought of gain Wins his Renunciation! But, Arjun! " that is "true" act And abstinence! Who doeth duties so, The BHAGAVAD−GITA 53 The BHAGAVAD−GITA Unvexed if his work fail, if it succeed Unflattered, in his own heart justified, Quit of debates and doubts, his is "true" act: For, being in the body, none may stand Wholly aloof from act; yet, who abstains From profit of his acts is abstinent.

Tread they that Nether Road. The Doors of Hell Are threefold, whereby men to ruin pass,− The door of Lust, the door of Wrath, the door Of Avarice. Let a man shun those three! He who shall turn aside from entering All those three gates of Narak, wendeth straight To find his peace, and comes to Swarga's gate. " The BHAGAVAD−GITA 50 The BHAGAVAD−GITA CHAPTER XVII Arjuna. If men forsake the holy ordinance, Heedless of Shastras, yet keep faith at heart And worship, what shall be the state of those, Great Krishna!

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