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)

The Yoga of the Supreme Person

15:1-3: The Blessed One said: It is said that there is animperishable banyan tree whose roots are above and whose branches arebelow; the Vedic hymns are its leaves. One who knows this tree knows theentire Vedas.
Its branches spread forth below and above, cultivated by the qualitiesof material nature; the sense objects are its shoots. Its roots areextended below, thriving by the fruitive activities of human society.
Thus the form of this banyan tree is not perceived here, neither itsend, beginning nor its foundation; but this firmly rooted tree can becut down with the strong axe of non-attachment.

15:4-6: That abode should be sought out whence, having gone, onedoes not return but takes refuge in God - the primeval Person - fromWhom all activities eternally originate.
Devoid of pride and delusion, having conquered the contamination ofattachment, established in eternal individuality, having quenched alldesires, liberated from the dualities of pleasure and suffering - onewho is thus undeluded attains that imperishable abode.
That supreme abode of Mine is not illumined by the sun, the moon or fire. Those who go there do not return.

15:7: Indeed, the living beings are My eternal parts in the worldof living entities. With their senses, the mind being the sixth, theyare abiding in material nature and are tormented.

15:8, 9: When the living entity obtains and abandons bodies, he takes these and enters into them as aromas abide in the wind.
Employing the ear, the eye, the organ of touch, the tongue, the nose and the mind, one enjoys sense objects.

15:10, 11: Foolish people can not understand the exodus orabidance of the soul, nor the enjoyment of the soul endowed with thequalities of material nature, but those who have knowledge understand.
Endeavoring, the yogis behold this abiding in the Self, but those wholack culture and are devoid of understanding do not see this.

15: 12: The effulgent sunshine which illumines the entireuniverse, the moon and the radiance of fire - know these to come fromMe.

15:13: Entering the earth I sustain all living beings; by My abilities I become the moon and nourish all juicy herbs.

15:14: I become the digestive fire in the body of all livingbeings. Abiding in the ascending breath - which issues from the uppertrunk - and the descending breath - which issues forth from the lowertrunk - when equally yoked, I digest the four kinds of food.1

15:15: I am abiding in the hearts of all beings. From Me comesmemory, knowledge and forgetfulness. I am knowable through the Vedas. Iam the compiler of the Vedanta and the knower of the entire Vedas.

15:16, 17: These two persons are in the world: the perishable andthe imperishable. All living beings are perishable while the [other is]called immovable and imperishable.
But there is another, the Highest Person Who is thus called the SupremeSelf in Whom the three worlds enter and are sustained, the ImperishableGod.

15:18: Because I transcend the perishable as well as theimperishable, I am preeminent. In the world and in the Vedas I amextolled as the Supreme Person.

15:19: One who is undeluded and knows Me thus as the omniscientSupreme Person worships Me with her or his whole being, O descendent ofBharata.

15:20: Thus I have disclosed the most discreet sacred teaching, Osinless one. An intelligent person who understands this, O descendentof Bharata, has accomplished all duties.

Here Ends Chapter Fifteen

Go to: Chapter Sixteen.

Go to: Notes and References.

Go to: Cover Page.

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