Bhagvad-Gita: Treatise of self-help
by BS Murthy
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This chapter of 24 slokas, known as
daivaasura sampad vibhaaga yoga, The Characteristics of Virtuous and the
Vile, deals with all aspects of virtue and evil including how they
affect human life.
implies that the Supreme Spirit condemns to hell those who hate Him is an
obvious interpolation that contravenes Lord's affirmative statement in s29
ch.9, ĎNone I favour;slight I none / But devout Mine all gain Me trueí
and other such averred in many a context in this text. Be that as it may,
when He is the indweller in all beings as postulated by the Lord himself,
wonít the interpolative proposition of s19 amount to self-condemnation!
Thus spoke the Lord:
Pure in heart ín courage to boot
Even mind with helping hand
Works who hard ín tries to grasp
Austere, upright, and well-read Ė
Even tempered, loves he peace
Liberal minded with kind heart
Calm ín truthful, well mannered
Fickle he not or calumnious
Modest natured covets he not -
Free of bias heís fair-minded
Strong in will, he stalls envy
Humble, and he forgives too
Heís virtuous thus earmarked.
Make all vile, rude guys all
Vainglorious ín haughty too,
Besides being indignant
No less are they indulgent.
Gives as virtue man freedom
Keeps him vileness ever constrined.
World is as of good ín bad
Serves thee to know latter too.
Conduct of theirs lacks virtue
Bear they demeanour thatís impure.
Branding beings sexual products
Reckon not such in God ín truth.
These small minds, of ruined souls
Wreck they world with acts of wrath.
Pride ín lust, long wish list
Vile in conceit live impure.
Seeing life as one to gloat
Vile by impulse go to lengths.
Seek vile creatures ever shortcuts
On way to wants, they ill-get wealth.
Think all vile, in like terms -
This is mine so let me keep
Why not have I more of it.
Foe this mine Iíve truly floored
Wonít I tackle the rest of them
Sure Iím Lord of mine own world.
Note all vile, gloat as such -
Besides wealthy, Iím well-born
Wonít I give and enjoy too.
To their hurt in illusion vile
End up slaves of joys of flesh.
In vainglory live all vile
And for show-off spend they well.
Blinded by pride, lustful lot
Me they ill-treat lay in them.
Live all deluded far from Me
Depraved ladder they go down.
Detours, lust, wrath ín greed
Self-destruct to go hellward.
Steer if clear, perils these men
Sees they then the path perfect.
In their impulse vile impinge
Upon the scriptures that hold good
And thus keep ever from Supreme.
Ordain scriptures rights ín wrongs
Itís now left to choose thy course.
Frailty of Thought,
The Sixteenth Chapter
Treatise of self-help.
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