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Bhagvad-Gita: Treatise of self-help

by BS Murthy

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Chapter-12: Doctrine of Faith

 

        This chapter of 22 slokas, known as bhakti yoga, Doctrine of Faith, enumerates the human qualities that are endearing to the Supreme Spirit. In this also are discussed the ways in which one still could win the Lordís favour yet failing to set store on Him.

1     

Thus spoke Arjuna:

Pray tell whoís better realized,

One that devoted as stated

Or relies who on God Obscure.

2     

Thus spoke the Lord:

Me in devotion who worships  

Him I reckon as well realized.

3

Having said that add I might

Looks as one to God Obscure -

4     

Doth he fine with senses reined 

If well disposed towards the world.

5     

But itís tough ask nonetheless 

For one to realize God Obscure.

6     

Whosoever hath faith in Me

And leans on Me heart ín soul -                                                                                        

7     

Him I help to cross over

Ocean vast of births ín deaths.

8     

If thou develop faith in Me 

Take for granted I take thee.

9     

Were thee to fail develop faith

Itís not thou reached blind alley,

Ever Me having in thy mind

Practice lets thee turn the bend.

10   

If thou feel thatís hard as well

Indulge then in deeds Me please.

11 

If thou find that difficult too

Give thyself to Me Supreme

Act then with thy subdued mind  

With no thought for what follows.

12   

Scores thought over mere roting

Betters meditation awareness too

What helps man to find moorings

Are acts his with no axe to grind.

13

Kind-hearted ín considerate

Friendly natured, forgiving too

Lays no store on highs and lows

Suffers no pride ín possessive not Ė

14   

Who's patient ín cheerful 

Self-willed as well persevering.

Who's hearty ever at work 

Makes he devout My beloved.

15

Troubles he none or perturbs

Itís such poised Iím proud of.

16       

Whoís simple, never in want 

Covets he not in vantage post

Shakes him none, he keeps his nerve

Itís such who Me please the most.

17   

Heís My darling who craves not

Yet wonít shun the pleasures of life

Takes but things all as they come.

18   

Treats he equal friends ín foes 

Scorn or honour minds he not

Keeps he cool in grief and joy 

Nurses for none soft centre Ė

 

19   

Pats ín slights all in the score

Treats as equal score My man

Takes he in his stride his lot 

But wonít put the blame on Me.

20   

Who in dharma this engage

Them I hold in special esteem.

 

Ends thus:

Doctrine of Faith,

The Twelfth Chapter

Of Bhagavad-Gita,

Treatise of self-help.

   

(cont...)

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