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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 16

 Chapter XVI
  • Krishna. Fearlessness, singleness of soul, the will
  • Always to strive for wisdom; opened hand
  • And governed appetites; and piety,
  • And love of lonely study; humbleness,
  • Uprightness, heed to injure nought which lives,
  • Truthfulness, slowness unto wrath, a mind
  • That lightly letteth go what others prize;
  • And equanimity, and charity
  • Which spieth no man's faults; and tenderness
  • Towards all that suffer; a contented heart,
  • Fluttered by no desires; a bearing mild,
  • Modest, and grave, with manhood nobly mixed,
  • With patience, fortitude, and purity;
  • An unrevengeful spirit, never given
  • To rate itself too high;- such be the signs,
  • O Indian Prince! of him whose feet are set
  • On that fair path which leads to heavenly birth!
  • Deceitfulness, and arrogance, and pride,
  • Quickness to anger, harsh and evil speech,
  • And ignorance, to its own darkness blind,-
  • These be the signs, My Prince! of him whose birth
  • Is fated for the regions of the vile.
  • The Heavenly Birth brings to deliverance,
  • So should'st thou know! The birth with Asuras
  • Brings into bondage. Be thou joyous, Prince!
  • Whose lot is set apart for heavenly Birth.
  • Two stamps there are marked on all living men,
  • Divine and Undivine; I spake to thee
  • By what marks thou shouldst know the Heavenly Man,
  • Hear from me now of the Unheavenly!
  • They comprehend not, the Unheavenly,
  • How Souls go forth from Me; nor how they come
  • Back unto Me: nor is there Truth in these,
  • Nor purity, nor rule of Life. "This world
  • Hath not a Law, nor Order, nor a Lord,"
  • So say they: "nor hath risen up by Cause
  • Following on Cause, in perfect purposing,
  • But is none other than a House of Lust."
  • And, this thing thinking, all those ruined ones-
  • Of little wit, dark-minded- give themselves
  • To evil deeds, the curses of their kind.
  • Surrendered to desires insatiable,
  • Full of deceitfulness, folly, and pride,
  • In blindness cleaving to their errors, caught
  • Into the sinful course, they trust this lie
  • As it were true- this lie which leads to death-
  • Finding in Pleasure all the good which is,
  • And crying "Here it finisheth!"
  • Ensnared
  • In nooses of a hundred idle hopes,
  • Slaves to their passion and their wrath, they buy
  • Wealth with base deeds, to glut hot appetites;
  • "Thus much, to-day," they say, "we gained! thereby
  • Such and such wish of heart shall have its fill;
  • And this is ours! and th' other shall be ours!
  • To-day we slew a foe, and we will slay
  • Our other enemy to-morrow! Look!
  • Are we not lords? Make we not goodly cheer?
  • Is not our fortune famous, brave, and great?
  • Rich are we, proudly born! What other men
  • Live like to us? Kill, then, for sacrifice!
  • Cast largesse, and be merry!" So they speak
  • Darkened by ignorance; and so they fall-
  • Tossed to and fro with projects, tricked, and bound
  • In net of black delusion, lost in lusts-
  • Down to foul Naraka. Conceited, fond,
  • Stubborn and proud, dead-drunken with the wine
  • Of wealth, and reckless, all their offerings
  • Have but a show of reverence, being not made
  • In piety of ancient faith. Thus vowed
  • To self-hood, force, insolence, feasting, wrath,
  • These My blasphemers, in the forms they wear
  • And in the forms they breed, my foemen are,
  • Hateful and hating; cruel, evil, vile,
  • Lowest and least of men, whom I cast down
  • Again, and yet again, at end of lives,
  • Into some devilish womb, whence- birth by birth-
  • The devilish wombs re-spawn them, all beguiled;
  • And, till they find and worship Me, sweet Prince!
  • Tread they that Nether Road.
  • The Doors of Hell
  • Are threefold, whereby men to ruin pass,-
  • The door of Lust, the door of Wrath, the door
  • Of Avarice. Let a man shun those three!
  • He who shall turn aside from entering
  • All those three gates of Narak, wendeth straight
  • To find his peace, and comes to Swarga's gate.

HERE ENDETH Chapter XVI OF THE BHAGAVAD-GITA, Entitled "Daivasarasaupadwibhagayog," Or "The Book of the Separateness of the Divine and Undivine."


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