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Bhagvad-Gita: Treatise of self-help

by BS Murthy

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Chapter-16: Frailty of Thought

 

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.

S19 which 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!

1     

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

2       

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 -

3     

Free of bias heís fair-minded

Strong in will, he stalls envy

Humble, and he forgives too

Heís virtuous thus earmarked.

4     

Make all vile, rude guys all

Vainglorious ín haughty too,

Besides being indignant  

No less are they indulgent.

5     

Gives as virtue man freedom

Keeps him vileness ever constrined. 

6     

World is as of good ín bad

Serves thee to know latter too.

7     

Conduct of theirs lacks virtue

Bear they demeanour thatís impure.

8     

Branding beings sexual products

Reckon not such in God ín truth.

9

These small minds, of ruined souls 

Wreck they world with acts of wrath.

10

Pride ín lust, long wish list

Vile in conceit live impure.

11   

Seeing life as one to gloat

Vile by impulse go to lengths.

12   

Seek vile creatures ever shortcuts

On way to wants, they ill-get wealth.  

13

Think all vile, in like terms -

This is mine so let me keep

Why not have I more of it.

14

Foe this mine Iíve truly floored

Wonít I tackle the rest of them

Sure Iím Lord of mine own world.

15   

Note all vile, gloat as such -

Besides wealthy, Iím well-born 

Wonít I give and enjoy too.

16

To their hurt in illusion vile

End up slaves of joys of flesh. 

17   

In vainglory live all vile 

And for show-off spend they well. 

18   

Blinded by pride, lustful lot

Me they ill-treat lay in them.

20   

Live all deluded far from Me  

Depraved ladder they go down.

21   

Detours, lust, wrath ín greed 

Self-destruct to go hellward.

22   

Steer if clear, perils these men

Sees they then the path perfect.

23   

In their impulse vile impinge

Upon the scriptures that hold good

And thus keep ever from Supreme.

24

Ordain scriptures rights ín wrongs

Itís now left to choose thy course.

 

Ends thus:

Frailty of Thought,

The Sixteenth Chapter  

Of Bhagavad-Gita,

Treatise of self-help.

    

(cont...)

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