Bhagvad-Gita: Treatise of self-help
by BS Murthy
to Chapter 11
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.
Thus spoke Arjuna:
Pray tell whoís better realized,
One that devoted as stated
Or relies who on God Obscure.
Thus spoke the Lord:
Me in devotion who worships
Him I reckon as well realized.
Having said that add I might
Looks as one to God Obscure -
Doth he fine with senses reined
If well disposed towards the world.
But itís tough ask nonetheless
For one to realize God Obscure.
Whosoever hath faith in Me
And leans on Me heart ín soul
Him I help to cross over
Ocean vast of births ín deaths.
If thou develop faith in Me
Take for granted I take thee.
Were thee to fail develop faith
Itís not thou reached blind alley,
Ever Me having in thy mind
Practice lets thee turn the bend.
If thou feel thatís hard as well
Indulge then in deeds Me please.
If thou find that difficult too
Give thyself to Me Supreme
Act then with thy subdued mind
With no thought for what follows.
Scores thought over mere roting
Betters meditation awareness too
What helps man to find moorings
Are acts his with no axe to grind.
Kind-hearted ín considerate
Friendly natured, forgiving too
Lays no store on highs and lows
Suffers no pride ín possessive not Ė
Who's patient ín cheerful
Self-willed as well persevering.
Who's hearty ever at work
Makes he devout My beloved.
Troubles he none or perturbs
Itís such poised Iím proud of.
never in want
Covets he not in vantage post
Shakes him none, he keeps his nerve
Itís such who Me please the most.
Heís My darling who craves not
Yet wonít shun the pleasures of life
Takes but things all as they come.
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
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.
Who in dharma this engage
Them I hold in special esteem.
Doctrine of Faith,
The Twelfth Chapter
Treatise of self-help.
to Chapter 11