Srimad Bhagavad Gita, translated by Jagannatha Om Prakash (John of AllFaith)
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Srimad Bhagavad Gita

An Original Translation from the Sanskrit by Jagannatha Om Prakash aka John of AllFaith (© 1993)

Bhakti Yoga
The Yoga of Devotion

12:1: Arjuna asked: Who is the most knowledgeable in yoga, those whoare thus always yoked to You through devotion, or those who are yoked tothe transcendent Unmanifested?

12:2: The Blessed One replied: Those who fix their minds upon Meand are always yoked to My worship with faith, being so transcendentallyendowed, they are the most knowledgeable in yoga in My opinion.

12:3, 4: But those who properly and steadfastly worship theImperishable, Indefinable, Unmanifested, Omnipresent, Inconceivable,Unchanging, Immovable Transcendent Unmanifest, -
Restraining all the senses, being equal minded and always delighting in the welfare of others, they also attain Me.

12:5: However it is more troublesome for those whose minds areattached to the Unmanifested. The embodied being who has theUnmanifested as the goal, only attains after great suffering.

12:6-8: But those whose actions are renounced unto Me, who aresingle mindedly bent on Me through meditation, [they] truly worship Me.
Of them I quickly become the Deliverer from death and the ocean ofrebirth and material existence, [even] of those whose minds are fixed onMe.
Establish your mind truly upon Me, apply your intelligence unto Me, andyou will truly live in Me in the hereafter, [of this] there is nodoubt.

12:9: If you are not able to fix your mind firmly upon Me, then, by constant devotion (abhyasa-yoga) desire to reach Me, O Dhananjaya.

12:10: If after practicing such devotion you are stillunsuccessful, then perform your actions as My supreme activities, for Myuse, and you will achieve perfection.

12:11: If this also you are unable to perform, take refuge in Me, renounce the fruits of your activities and restrain yourself.

12:12: Knowledge is better than constant (formal) practice,meditation surpasses knowledge, and renunciation of fruitive activitiestranscends meditation, such renunciation results in peace.

2:13, 14: Free from malice towards all living beings, friendly,compassionate, without possessiveness, devoid of 'I' consciousness,dispassionate in suffering and pleasure, always forgiving, -
Always content, an adept is self-restrained, the mind is determined andthe intellect is rooted in Me. Such a person is My devotee and is verydear to Me.

12:15: One by whom the world is not disturbed, and who is notdisquieted by the world, who is liberated from joy, anger, fear andgrief, is very dear to Me.

12:16: One who is My devotee, who desires nothing, is pure,skillful, disinterested, free from distress and who renounces allundertakings, is very dear to Me.

2:17: One who does not rejoice, who is not hostile, who does notlament, who is without desires, and who renounces auspiciousness andinauspiciousness, such a devotee is very dear unto Me.

12:18, 19: One who is equally disposed towards an enemy orfriend, to honor and dishonor, in cold and heat, who is equipoised inpleasure and pain and who is free from all fruitive attachments, -
Who is equal in ridicule and praise, who is silent, being alwayscontented, homeless, with steady convictions, such a devoted person isvery dear to Me.

12:20: But, as I have explained, those who are endowed with faithand imperishable religious duty, and who properly worship, accepting Meas supreme, such devotees are exceedingly dear to Me.

Here Ends Chapter Twelve

Go to: Chapter Thirteen.

Go to: Notes and References.

Go to: Cover Page.

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