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  • Title: Bhagavad Gita: Chapter I: Arjun-Vishad
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    • Drupada, with his sons, (O Lord of Earth!)
    • So that the clangour shook their foemen's hearts,
    • With quaking earth and thundering heav'n.
    • Such kith grown enemies — Arjuna's heart
    • To seize an earthly kingdom! Killing these
    • Kinsfolk and friends for love of earthly power,
    • To shaft and spear, than answer blow with blow.
    • And let fall bow and arrows, sick at heart.
  • Title: Bhagavad Gita: Chapter II: Sankhya-Yog
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    • With eyes tear-dimmed, despondent, in stern words
    • Whose death leaves living drear?
    • That I may counsel learn:
    • If I were earth's unchallenged chief —
    • So spake Arjuna to the Lord of Hearts,
    • Words lacking wisdom! for the wise in heart
    • Which the wise know, and fear not. This that irks —
    • 'Tis brief and mutable! Bear with it, Prince!
    • As the wise bear. The soul which is not moved,
    • Learn thou! the Life is, spreading life through all;
    • “These will I wear to-day!”
    • How, if thou hearest that the man new-dead
    • What is there sorrowful herein, dear Prince?
    • Mystical hearing for every one!
    • When seeing, and saying, and hearing are done!
    • For men of noble blood to bear than death!
    • Will deem 'twas fear that drove thee from the fray.
    • And victor — thou wilt reign an earthly king.
    • Thine arm for conflict, nerve thy heart to meet —
    • Hear now the deeper teaching of the Yog,
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  • Title: Bhagavad Gita: Chapter III: Karma-Yog
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    • Yet in his idle heart thinking on them,
    • The faithful soul; such earthly duty do
    • Fruits of the earth, rendering to kindly Heaven
    • Of help for all the living things of earth
    • Earnest and watchful — those that look to me
    • And I should break earth's order and commit
    • Not sowing in those simple, busy hearts
    • My ordinance thus, the wise and willing hearts,
    • It is of wisdom, wearing countless forms,
    • Govern thy heart! Constrain th' entangled sense!
    • Fight! vanquish foes and doubts, dear Hero! slay
  • Title: Bhagavad Gita: Chapter IV: Jnana Yog
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    • Of all my royal Rishis. Then, with years,
    • Thy birth, dear Lord, was in these later days,
    • Who knows the truth touching my births on earth
    • To earthly birth: to Me he comes, dear Prince!
    • Many there be who come! from fear set free,
    • From anger, from desire; keeping their hearts
    • And, knowing, thou shalt learn which work doth save
    • Which — quit of fear and hope — subduing self —
    • Whose heart is set on truth — of such an one
    • Joys of the sense, delights of eye and ear,
    • And breathe it forth to waft the heart on high,
    • And these are gained by reverence, by strong search,
    • And teach it. Knowing Truth, thy heart no more
    • Should bear thee safe and dry across the sea
    • And those without full faith, and those who fear
    • This doubt that binds thy heart-beats! cleave the bond
  • Title: Bhagavad Gita: Chapter V: Karmasanyasayog
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    • Sees with clear eyes! Yet such abstraction, Chief!
    • Pure-hearted, lord of senses and of self,
    • In seeing, hearing, touching, smelling; when
    • With life, with heart, with mind,-nay, with the help
    • Splendid and clear shines manifest the Truth
    • In such as those! But if a man shall learn,
    • Even while he lives and bears his body's chain,
    • With sins effaced, with doubts at end, with hearts
    • That one — with organs, heart, and mind constrained,
    • Passion, and fear, and rage; — hath, even now,
  • Title: Bhagavad Gita: Chapter VI: Atmasanyamayog
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    • Restraining heart and senses, silent, calm,
    • Tranquil in spirit, free of fear, intent
    • But for earthly needs
    • An idle mind; nor his who wears to waste
    • Earth-aches and ills, where one is moderate
    • To gift of peace assured and heart assuaged,
    • Cumberless. But, as often as the heart
    • Therein, no rest, because the heart of men
    • To hold the wayward wind, as tame man's heart.
    • Man's heart is to restrain, and wavering;
    • Like the vain cloud, which floats 'twixt earth and heaven
    • Fain would I hear thee answer me herein,
    • Since, Krishna! none save thou can clear the doubt.
    • Nor earth, nor heaven is forfeit, even for him,
    • Because no heart that holds one right desire
    • Measureless years, and being born anew,
    • Is hard to be obtained on this earth, Chief!
    • So hath he back again what heights of heart
    • To perfectness, with better hope, dear Prince!
  • Title: Bhagavad Gita: Chapter VII: Vijnanayog
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    • Learn now, dear Prince! how, if thy soul be set
    • Earth, water, flame, air, ether, life, and mind,
    • These be my lower Nature; learn the higher,
    • As hangs a row of pearls upon its string.
    • Of the moistened earth, I am the fire's red light,
    • Yet am I right desire in all who yearn,
    • Arjuna! and the man who yearns to know;
    • O Prince of India! highest, nearest, best
    • Upon “The One.” Dear, above all, am I
    • To him; and he is dearest unto me!
    • The true of heart, the faithful — stayed on me,
    • The heart thus asking favour from its God,
    • Worship Me well, with hearts of love and faith,
  • Title: Bhagavad Gita: Chapter VIII: Aksharaparabrahmayog
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    • Have Me, then, in thy heart always! and fight!
    • Thou too, when heart and mind are fixed on Me,
    • Safe in his heart, centres the vital airs
  • Title: Bhagavad Gita: Chapter IX: Rajavidyarajaguhyayog
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    • Now will I open unto thee — whose heart
    • That farthest secret of My Heavens and Earths,
    • With hearts unwandering, — knowing Me the Source,
    • Who, offering sacrifice of wakened hearts,
    • The end of Learning! That which purifies
    • Yea! those who learn
    • Purge sins, pay sacrifice — from Me they earn
    • Nay, and of hearts which follow other gods
    • Rightfully; so they fall to earth again!
    • Fix heart and thought on Me! Adore Me! Bring
  • Title: Bhagavad Gita: Chapter X: Vibhuti Yog
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    • Hear farther yet, thou Long-Armed Lord! these latest words I say —
    • And birth and death, and fearfulness, and fearlessness, and shame,
    • Whate'er befalls, and mirth, and tears, and piety, and thrift,
    • Hearts fixed on Me; breaths breathed to Me; praising Me, each to each,
    • How shall I learn, Supremest Mystery!
    • Clear and complete, Thy great appearances,
    • Can mine ears drink the Amrit[Note 18] of such words!
    • I am the Spirit seated deep in every creature's heart;
    • From whose great milky udder-teats all hearts' desires are strook;
    • Of Daityas dread Prahlada; of what metes days and years,
    • Time's self I am; of woodland-beasts-buffaloes, deers, and bears —
    • Which brings to light all beings that are to be on earth;
    • The great unbroken silence in learning's secret things;
    • The lore of all the learned, the seed of all which springs.
  • Title: Bhagavad Gita: Chapter XI: Viswarupadarsanam
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    • This, for my soul's peace, have I heard from Thee,
    • If this can be, if I may bear the sight,
    • Countless radiant glories wearing,
    • Countless heavenly weapons bearing,
    • Flooding earth with beams undeemed-of,
    • Of earth, and heaven, and hell
    • Lighting earth, heaven, and hell
    • In sudden-stricken fear;
    • Feet planted near and far,
    • Gone is heart's force, rebuked is mind's desire!
    • Earth, Heaven! Ah me! I see no Earth and Heaven!
    • From end to end of earth,
    • O Mightiest Lord! rehearse
    • Hearing mighty Keshav's word,
    • This unknown marvel of Thy Form! But fear
    • Dear Lord! for pity's sake
    • Thine earthly shape, which earthly eyes may bear!
    • This frightened heart is fain
    • Which none save thou in all the years had favour to behold;
    • That mortal eyes should bear to view the Immortal Soul unclad,
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  • Title: Bhagavad Gita: Chapter XII: Bhaktiyog
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    • Lord! of the men who serve Thee — true in heart —
    • Shall scarce be trod by man bearing the flesh!
    • Clasp Me with heart and mind! so shalt thou dwell
    • Thy faint heart fails, bring Me thy failure! find
    • Renouncing hope for Me, with lowliest heart,
    • Near to renunciation — very near —
    • Seeking Me, heart and soul; vowed unto Me, —
    • And is not troubled by them; clear of wrath,
    • Living too high for gladness, grief, or fear,
    • Keeping an equal heart, with equal mind
    • Bears shame and glory; with an equal peace
    • Quit of desires, hears praise or calumny
    • Linked by no ties to earth, steadfast in Me,
  • Title: Bhagavad Gita: Chapter XIII: Kshetrakshetrajnavibhagayog
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    • Now would I hear, O gracious Kesava![Note 26]
    • And how it wotteth-hear these things from Me!
    • An ever-tranquil heart in fortunes good
    • Beholding, and His ears in every place
    • Hearing, and all His faces everywhere
    • The Light of Lights He is, in the heart of the Dark
    • Planted in every heart.
    • Whatever flesh he bears, never again
    • Some, never so attaining, hear of light
  • Title: Bhagavad Gita: Chapter XIV: Gunatrayavibhagayog
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    • And Ignorance in hearts not good nor quick.
    • Whose equal heart holds the same gentleness
  • Title: Bhagavad Gita: Chapter XV: Purushottamapraptiyog
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    • Its branches shoot to heaven and sink to earth,[Note 30]
    • What blast of tempest tears them, bough and stem
    • Blowing above the flower-beds. Ear and Eye,
    • Even though they strive, discern not, having hearts
    • With mind unclouded, knoweth all, dear Prince!
  • Title: Bhagavad Gita: Chapter XVI: Daivasarasaupadwibhagayog
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    • Fearlessness, singleness of soul, the will
    • Towards all that suffer; a contented heart,
    • Fluttered by no desires; a bearing mild,
    • Hear from me now of the Unheavenly!
    • Such and such wish of heart shall have its fill;
    • These My blasphemers, in the forms they wear
  • Title: Bhagavad Gita: Chapter XVII: Sraddhatrayavibhagayog
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    • Heedless of Shastras, yet keep faith at heart
    • Or “passion-stained,” or “dark,” as thou shalt hear!
    • Hear this of Me! there is a food which brings
    • Sayeth, with heart devout, “This I should do!”
    • Kept, with no hope of gain, by hearts devote,
  • Title: Bhagavad Gita: Chapter XVIII: Mokshasanyasayog
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    • The very truth — Heart's Lord! — of Sannyas,
    • Hear now My sentence, Best of Bharatas!
    • Unflattered, in his own heart justified,
    • Hear from me, Long-armed Lord! the makings five
    • By three dividing qualities. Hear now
    • There is “true” Knowledge. Learn thou it is this:
    • And there be evil doers; loose of heart,
    • Hear, too, of Intellect and Steadfastness
    • What should be feared, and what should not be feared,
    • Masters his beats of heart, his very breath
    • Cleaves to his sloth, his sorrow, and his fears,
    • Hear further, Chief of Bharatas! from Me
    • For nothing lives on earth, nor 'midst the gods
    • Patience, uprightness, learning, and to know
    • Lays hold of perfectness! Hear how a man
    • His natural duty, Prince! though it bear blame!
    • Learn from me, Son of Kunti! also this,
    • Devoted — with a heart grown pure, restrained
    • Sacrifice heart and mind and will to Me!
    • There lives a Master in the hearts of men
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  • Title: Bhagavad Gita: Dedication
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    • For England; O our India! as dear to me as She!
  • Title: Bhagavad Gita: Notes
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    • [Note 27]This is the nearest possible version of Kshetrakshetrajnayojnanan yat tajnan matan mama.
  • Title: Bhagavad Gita: Preface
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    • Supreme Deity, wearing the disguise of a charioteer. A great battle is
    • being truly beyond praise for its fidelity and clearness. Mr Telang has
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    • which cannot be successfully reproduced for Western ears. I have therefore