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"To us all towns are one, all men our kin.
Life's good comes not from others' gift, nor ill
Man's pains and pains' relief are from within.
Thus have we seen in visions of the wise !."
Tamil Poem in Purananuru, circa 500 B.C 

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translated by Sir Edwin Arnold
Chapter 12

 Chapter XII
  • Arjuna. Lord! of the men who serve Thee- true in heart-
  • As God revealed; and of the men who serve,
  • Worshipping Thee Unrevealed, Unbodied, Far,
  • Which take the better way of faith and life?
  • Krishna. Whoever serve Me- as I show Myself-
  • Constantly true, in full devotion fixed,
  • Those hold I very holy. But who serve-
  • Worshipping Me The One, The Invisible,
  • The Unrevealed, Unnamed, Unthinkable,
  • Uttermost, All-pervading, Highest, Sure-
  • Who thus adore Me, mastering their sense,
  • Of one set mind to all, glad in all good,
  • These blessed souls come unto Me.
  • Yet, hard
  • The travail is for such as bend their minds
  • To reach th' Unmanifest. That viewless path
  • Shall scarce be trod by man bearing the flesh!
  • But whereso any doeth all his deeds
  • Renouncing self for Me, full of Me, fixed
  • To serve only the Highest, night and day
  • Musing on Me- him will I swiftly lift
  • Forth from life's ocean of distress and death,
  • Whose soul clings fast to Me. Cling thou to Me!
  • Clasp Me with heart and mind! so shalt thou dwell
  • Surely with Me on high. But if thy thought
  • Droops from such height; if thou be'st weak to set
  • Body and soul upon Me constantly,
  • Despair not! give Me lower service! I seek
  • To reach Me, worshipping with steadfast will;
  • And, if thou canst not worship steadfastly,
  • Work for Me, toil in works pleasing to Me!
  • For he that laboureth right for love of Me
  • Shall finally attain! But, if in this
  • Thy faint heart fails, bring Me thy failure! find
  • Refuge in Me! let fruits of labour go,
  • Renouncing hope for Me, with lowliest heart,
  • So shalt thou come; for, though to know is more
  • Than diligence, yet worship better is
  • Than knowing, and renouncing better still.
  • Near to renunciation- very near-
  • Dwelleth Eternal Peace!
  • Who hateth nought
  • Of all which lives, living himself benign,
  • Compassionate, from arrogance exempt,
  • Exempt from love of self, unchangeable
  • By good or ill; patient, contented, firm
  • In faith, mastering himself, true to his word,
  • Seeking Me, heart and soul; vowed unto Me,-
  • That man I love! Who troubleth not his kind,
  • And is not troubled by them; clear of wrath,
  • Living too high for gladness, grief, or fear,
  • That man I love! Who, dwelling quiet-eyed,
  • Stainless, serene, well-balanced, unperplexed,
  • Working with Me, yet from all works detached,
  • That man I love! Who, fixed in faith on Me,
  • Dotes upon none, scorns none; rejoices not,
  • And grieves not, letting good or evil hap
  • Light when it will, and when it will depart,
  • That man I love! Who, unto friend and foe
  • Keeping an equal heart, with equal mind
  • Bears shame and glory; with an equal peace
  • Takes heat and cold, pleasure and pain; abides
  • Quit of desires, hears praise or calumny
  • In passionless restraint, unmoved by each;
  • Linked by no ties to earth, steadfast in Me,
  • That man I love! But most of all I love
  • Those happy ones to whom 'tis life to live
  • In single fervid faith and love unseeing,
  • Drinking the blessed Amrit of my Being!
  • Entitled "Bhaktiyog,"
  • Or "The Book of the Religion of Faith."

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