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 Knowledge And Realization
7:1: The Blessed One said: With the mind attached to Me, O child ofPartha, by practicing yoga to take refuge in Me, absolutely free fromdoubt, you will know how to attain Me, so listen attentively.

7:2: Unto you I will declare this knowledge, along withunderstanding, in its entirety, knowing which there will remain nothingelse in this world to know.

7:3: Out of thousands of people one may endeavor for perfection;among those who have achieved perfection, one may know Me in truth.

7:4-6: My eightfold nature is divided as earth, water, fire, air, ether, mind, intellect and false ego.
This [nature] is subjacent, O mighty armed one. Know My other, superiornature to be the source of all living entities. By it this entireuniverse is sustained.
These two natures are the wombs of all living entities. Know that I am the source as well as the dissolution of the universes.

7:7: Nothing is superior to Me, O Dhananjaya; in Me all this is strung as jewels on a thread.

7:8-11: I am the taste in water, O son of Kunti, the light of themoon and sun, I am the sacred syllable Om contained in the Vedas, I amthe sound in ether and the virility in men.
I am the sacred fragrance in the earth, I am the brilliance in fire, Iam the life in all living entities, I am the austerity in penitents.
Know Me to be the seed [from which] all living entities [arise], Ochild of Partha. Of the intelligent I am the eternal intellect, of thebrilliant I am the brilliance.
I am the strength of the strong, devoid of passion and attachment. I amdesire in all beings, which is not opposed to dharma, O best of theBharatas.

7:12: Whether in the nature of goodness, passion or ignorance,everything thus comes from Me, but know that although I am not in them,they are all in Me.

7:13, 14: This entire universe is deluded by the three qualitiesof material nature [goodness, passion and ignorance] and hence does notknow Me who is supreme and immutable.
This extraordinary power of Mine, consisting of the qualities ofmaterial nature, is difficult to transcend, but those who take refuge inMe pass beyond it.

7:15: Those who are sinful and foolish do not take refuge of Me.Due to illusion these lowest of people are deluded and bereft ofknowledge, thus they accept a demonic nature.

7:16-18: O Arjuna, O best of the Bharatas, four kinds ofrighteous people worship Me: those who are distressed, those who areinquisitive, those who seek material prosperity and those who are wise.
Of these, the one who has knowledge and who is always yoked byone-pointed devotion surpasses them all. To such a wise person I am verydear and indeed such a person is dear to Me as well.
All these are indeed exalted, but the one who has knowledge of theSelf, in My opinion, is established in Me; being self-controlled, thisone maintains Me as the supreme goal.

7:19: After many births one who has knowledge takes refuge of Me,Vasudeva, as thus being everything. Such a great soul is rarely seen.

7:20: Others, by their various desires, have their knowledgetaken away; they seek refuge of other gods whose regulations are inagreement with their own natures.

7:21, 22: Whoever [the deva may be], and in whichever form,[when] a faithful devotee desires to worship, I make that person's faithimmovable.
Endowed with that faith, such a one engages in worship and obtains his desires, though certainly everything is arranged by Me.

7:23: Those who lack intelligence worship the devas [gods] andreceive perishable fruits [results] from them. In the end they go to thedevas, but those who worship Me come to Me.

7:24: Less intelligent people think I was unmanifested and thenbecame manifest. They don't understand that I, the Source of allexistence, am immutable and supreme.

7:25: I do not reveal Myself to everyone. Due to the illusoryveil of the mystic union of the three qualities of material nature, thisfoolish world does not know Me who is unborn and imperishable.

7:26: O Arjuna, I know the past, present and future of all beings, but no one knows Me.

7:27: Desire and hatred arise from duality which is due todelusion, O child of Bharata. All beings are born into delusion, Ochastiser of enemies.

7:28: Those pious people whose sins have come to an end, whoseactions are free from duality and delusion, worship Me with determinedvows.

7:29: Those who take refuge in Me and endeavor for liberationfrom old age and death know the nature of Brahman, the self and actionentirely.

7:30: I am the source of all primal elements; the source of allgods as well as the source of all sacrifices. With the mind absorbed inMe, they [intelligent persons] know me even at the time of death.

Here Ends Chapter Seven

Go to: Chapter Eight.

Go to: Notes and References.

Go to: Cover Page.

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