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The Bhagavad Gita
    #1610978 - 06/05/03 12:08 PM (14 years, 11 months ago)

Iam sure a number of you have read this ancient Indian epic before. I would just like to get your comments and thoughts of this. One of the best parts was the cosmic vision, when Krishna showed Arjuna his supreme being. The langauge is just beautiful, like "If a thousand suns were to rise in the heavens at the same time, the blaze of their light would resemble the splendor of that supreme spirit."

Aum Namah Sivaya

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Re: The Bhagavad Gita [Re: Cougheeman]
    #1615860 - 06/07/03 01:06 AM (14 years, 11 months ago)

Another great passage.


Of those who love you as the Lord of Love,
Ever present in all, and those who seek you
As the nameless, formless Reality,
Which way is sure and swift, love or knowledge?

Sri Krishna:

For those who set their hearts on me
And worship me with unfailing devotion and faith,
The way of love leads sure and swift to me.

Those who seek the transcendental Reality,
Unmanifested, without name or form,
Beyond the reach of feeling and of thought,
With their senses subdued and mind serene
And striving for the good of all beings,
They too will verily come unto me.

Yet hazardous
And slow is the path to the Unrevealed,
Difficult for physical man to tread.
But they for whom I am the goal supreme,
Who do all work renouncing self for me
And meditate on me with single-hearted devotion,
These will I swiftly rescue
From the fragment's cycle of birth and death
To fullness of eternal life in me.

Still your mind in me, still yourself in me,
And without doubt you shall be united with me,
Lord of Love, dwelling in your heart.
But if you cannot still your mind in me,
Learn to do so through the practice of meditation.
If you lack the will for such self-discipline,
Engage yourself in selfless service of all around you,
For selfless service can lead you at last to me.
If you are unable to do even this,
Surrender yourself to me in love,
Receiving success and failure with equal calmness
As granted by me.

Better indeed is knowledge than mechanical practice.
Better than knowledge is meditation.
But better still is surrender in love,
Because there follows immediate peace.

That one I love who is incapable of ill will,
And returns love for hatred.
Living beyond the reach of I and mine
And of pleasure and pain, full of mercy,
Contented, self-controlled, firm in faith,
With all their heart and all their mind given to me ?
With such people I am in love.

Not agitating the world or by it agitated,
They stand above the sway of elation,
Competition, and fear, accepting life
Good and bad as it comes. They are pure,
Efficient, detached, ready to meet every demand
I make on them as a humble instrument of my work.

They are dear to me who run not after the pleasant
Or away from the painful, grieve not
Over the past, lust not today,
But let things come and go as they happen.

Who serve both friend and foe with equal love,
Not buoyed up by praise or cast down by blame,
Alike in heat and cold, pleasure and pain,
Free from selfish attachments and self-will,
Ever full, in harmony everywhere,
Firm in faith ? such as these are dear to me.

But dearest to me are those who seek me
In faith and love as life's eternal goal.
They go beyond death to immortality.

Aum Namah Sivaya

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Re: The Bhagavad Gita [Re: Cougheeman]
    #1615873 - 06/07/03 01:11 AM (14 years, 11 months ago)

I don't think anyone here has read it. :frown:

What if everything around you
Isn't quite as it seems?
What if all the world you think you know,
Is an elaborate dream?
And if you look at your reflection,
Is it all you want it to be?

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Re: The Bhagavad Gita [Re: Murex]
    #1615883 - 06/07/03 01:16 AM (14 years, 11 months ago)

seriously! Man, lol i was assuming a bunch of people have read it. I would totally recommend it for those who haven't read it, although it is heavily Hindu based, it is actually very quite open to others. Its not a long read, just a short epic; but seriously some people must of read at least a few parts of it.

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Re: The Bhagavad Gita [Re: Cougheeman]
    #1615964 - 06/07/03 02:19 AM (14 years, 11 months ago)

It's absolutley incredible, everybody should read it, and not think of it in terms of a religious text or anything, it just say's great things. If people have not read it, they can find it hear:  THE BHAGAVADG?T? Hopefully this link will get at least some people to check it out.  :smile: 

Ken Wilbur

"this is life changing"


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