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  • Title: Bhagavad Gita: Chapter I: Arjun-Vishad
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    • Blew the great Conch; and, at the noise of it,
    • Krishna, with knotted locks, blew his great conch
    • Weapons unsheathing, bows drawn forth, the war
    • Elders and friends! Shall I deal death on these
    • Guilty, we shall grow guilty by their deaths;
    • Of funeral-cakes and the wan death-water.[Note 1]
    • Arjuna sank upon his chariot-seat,
  • Title: Bhagavad Gita: Chapter II: Sankhya-Yog
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    • Whose death leaves living drear?
    • Bringing thee heat and cold, sorrows and joys,
    • With spirit deathless, endless, infinite,
    • Birthless and deathless and changeless remaineth the spirit for ever;
    • Death hath not touched it at all, dead though the house of it seems!
    • The end of birth is death; the end of death
    • Of living things comes unperceived; the death
    • Strange and great for tongue to relate,
    • For men of noble blood to bear than death!
    • Profit or ruin, victory or defeat:
    • To highest seats of bliss. When thy firm soul
    • To wreck and death. Only with him, great Prince!
  • Title: Bhagavad Gita: Chapter III: Karma-Yog
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    • Than action, wherefore, then, great Kesava!
    • The gods shall yield thee grace. Those meats ye crave
    • Tithes in the altar-flame. But if one eats
    • Who eat of food after their sacrifice
    • All for themselves, eat sin and drink of sin.
    • To help the rolling wheels of this great world,
    • The fool, cheated by self, thinks, “This I did”
    • And lower creatures of their kind; in vain
  • Title: Bhagavad Gita: Chapter IV: Jnana Yog
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    • This deathless Yoga, this deep union,
    • And setting Virtue on her seat again.
    • Created, the Reposeful; I that live
    • Are Brahm, the fire is Brahm, the flesh it eats
    • Draw in their breath to feed the flame of thought,
    • And breathe it forth to waft the heart on high,
    • Which Knowledge pays is better than great gifts
    • This doubt that binds thy heart-beats! cleave the bond
  • Title: Bhagavad Gita: Chapter V: Karmasanyasayog
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    • He eats, or goes, or breathes; slumbers or talks,
    • The Outcast gorging dog's meat, are all one.
    • Whose outward breath and inward breath are drawn
  • Title: Bhagavad Gita: Chapter VI: Atmasanyamayog
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    • Pleasure and pain; heat, cold; glory and shame.
    • In eating and in resting, and in sport;
    • Desiring righteousness, cometh at death
  • Title: Bhagavad Gita: Chapter VII: Vijnanayog
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    • Of the informed, the greatness of the great.
    • Whose mind is cheated by the show of things,
    • All creatures live bewildered, save some few
    • Refuge from birth[Note 14] and death, those have the Truth!
    • And find and hold me in the hour of death.
  • Title: Bhagavad Gita: Chapter VIII: Aksharaparabrahmayog
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    • How good men find thee in the hour of death?
    • Flame unto Me!) And, at the hour of death,
    • At hour of death, in putting off the flesh,
    • Drawing still breath beneath calm brows unbending,
    • Roll back again from Death to Life's unrest;
    • When all created things have passed away:
    • Greater than gifts, better than prayer or fast,
  • Title: Bhagavad Gita: Chapter IX: Rajavidyarajaguhyayog
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    • To grasp the greater wisdom, reach not Me,
    • Creating all, sustaining all — still dwells
    • Yet these great makings, Prince! involve Me not
    • Whence endless harvests spring! Sun's heat is mine;
    • Death am I, and Immortal Life I am,
    • Passage to Swarga; where the meats divine
    • Of great gods feed them in high Indra's heaven.
    • Come to the world of death and change once more.
    • Eating or sacrificing, giving gifts,
  • Title: Bhagavad Gita: Chapter X: Vibhuti Yog
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    • Not the great company of gods nor kingly Rishis know
    • And birth and death, and fearfulness, and fearlessness, and shame,
    • Yea! knowing Me the source of all, by Me all creatures wrought,
    • Hearts fixed on Me; breaths breathed to Me; praising Me, each to each,
    • The Great Purification! Thou art God
    • Eternal, All-creating, Holy, First,
    • Clear and complete, Thy great appearances,
    • I am the Spirit seated deep in every creature's heart;
    • From whose great milky udder-teats all hearts' desires are strook;
    • And bitter Death which seizes all, and joyous sudden Birth,
    • The flower-wreathed Spring; in dicer's-play the conquering
    • The splendour of the splendid, and the greatness of the great,
    • The great unbroken silence in learning's secret things;
  • Title: Bhagavad Gita: Chapter XI: Viswarupadarsanam
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    • And whence their death, and what the majesties
    • Breathing from His perfect Presence
    • Breaths of every subtle essence
    • The gods are in Thy glorious frame! the creatures
    • And in Thy countenance shine all the features
    • From Thy great eyes; Thy visage, beaming tender
    • Maruts, and those great Twins
    • Great Dhritarashtra's sons,
    • Ground into dust and death! Like streams down-driven
    • Those heroes great and brave
    • So to their death still throng,
    • One with another, great and small, alike!
    • The creatures whom Thou mak'st,
    • To death, with deadly, burning, lurid dread!
    • By Me they fall — not thee! the stroke of death is dealt them now,
    • Strike, strong-armed Prince, at Drona! at Bhishma strike! deal death
    • On Karna, Jyadratha; stay all their warlike breath!
    • Thou Brahm, than Brahma greater!
    • Thou Infinite Creator!
    • Calm thoughts once more; my heart beats still again!
  • Title: Bhagavad Gita: Chapter XII: Bhaktiyog
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    • Forth from life's ocean of distress and death,
    • Takes heat and cold, pleasure and pain; abides
  • Title: Bhagavad Gita: Chapter XIII: Kshetrakshetrajnavibhagayog
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    • In birth, death, age, disease, suffering, and sin;
    • The Uncreated;; not Asat, not Sat,
    • He maketh all to end — and re-creates.
    • Overpass Death!
    • That Ultimate, High Spirit, Uncreate,
  • Title: Bhagavad Gita: Chapter XIV: Gunatrayavibhagayog
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    • Birth, Death, Sorrow, and Age; and drinketh deep
  • Title: Bhagavad Gita: Chapter XV: Purushottamapraptiyog
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    • Which hath its boughs beneath, its roots above, —
    • The soil beneath, helping to hold it there,
    • Of old Creation; for to Him come they
    • With outward and with inward breath, to feed
    • The body by all meats.[Note 31]
  • Title: Bhagavad Gita: Chapter XVI: Daivasarasaupadwibhagayog
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    • Is not our fortune famous, brave, and great?
  • Title: Bhagavad Gita: Chapter XVII: Sraddhatrayavibhagayog
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    • Great Krishna! Sattwan, Rajas, Tamas? Say!
    • The “Soothfast” meat. And there be foods which bring
    • Being too biting, heating, salt, and sharp,
    • Savourless, filthy, which the foul will eat,
  • Title: Bhagavad Gita: Chapter XVIII: Mokshasanyasayog
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    • Masters his beats of heart, his very breath
    • By great Vyasa's learning writ, how Krishna's self made known
    • Great is my gladness: when I muse that splendour, passing speech,
  • Title: Bhagavad Gita: Notes
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    • [Note 8]That is,“joy and sorrow, success and failure, heat and cold,” etc.
    • [Note 34]Rakshasas and Yakshas are unembodied but capricious beings of great power, gifts, and beauty, same times also of benignity.
  • Title: Bhagavad Gita: Preface
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    • the great Hindoo epic. It enjoys immense popularity and authority in
    • Supreme Deity, wearing the disguise of a charioteer. A great battle is