Sunday, April 30, 2023

Bhagavad Gita Rubaiyat, part XXVI

Perfection is attained when, from the heart,
One offers up his own especial art—
O, better death in dharma of one’s own,
Than playing with success another’s part!

Each one I will in victory enthrone
Who, unattached, knows nothing as his own,
Who reigns triumphant from his highest Self,
From whom all lesser, base desires have flown.

And now that Wisdom, sacred, secret, true,
My devotee, has been revealed to you,
Reflect on it, absorb it in your soul,
And, going forth, do as you feel to do.

Saturday, April 29, 2023

Bhagavad Gita Rubaiyat, part XXV

What seems like poison first, yet proves to be
The sweetest nectar of the Living Tree,
Is sattwic happiness and leads to Bliss
Through clear perception of the Self in Me.

Rajasic are those pleasures which arise
Through senses and the objects that they prize.
Like nectar first, like poison in the end,
These traitors are avoided by the wise.

That “happiness,” so called, which most offends
Is that which all the fire of Life expends.
Unconscious, drunk, unkempt—in such
Tamasic stupor it begins and ends.

Friday, April 28, 2023

Bhagavad Gita Rubaiyat, part XXIV

Arjuna asked: Of those who set aside
Those rules and laws by scripture codified,
Yet with devotion make their sacrifice,
What is their worship—false, or sanctified?

The Blessed Lord said: Here the only test
Is in the quality of faith expressed,
Rajasic, sattwic or tamasic rites
Are to their own degrees both judged and blessed.

A sacrifice to God is ne’er in vain
If done without desire for private gain,
But offered up with love and firm belief—
This one from Me all blessings shall obtain.

Thursday, April 27, 2023

Bhagavad Gita Rubaiyat, part XXIII

From these three: anger, lust and greed for gain,
Man in his own self-interest should abstain.
Destroying happiness of soul in all,
These certain paths to hell are paved with pain.

That one who, by desires ego-driven,
Ignores the holy texts to all men given,
Finds neither happiness nor peace of mind,
And from his sacred Goal is fully riven.

So take true scriptures, therefore, as your guide,
And with them keep your consciousness allied.
Intuitively understand their laws,
And find your life with wisdom fortified.

Wednesday, April 26, 2023

Bhagavad Gita Rubaiyat, part XXII

The Blessed Lord said: Gentle, modest, kind,
Pure of heart, of even-keeled mind,
Steadfast of purpose, fearless, radiant—
These are the traits of one to God inclined.

Vainglory, self-conceit and arrogance,
Wrathfulness and restless ignorance,
All these, O Pandava, identify
Those in whose nature all the demons dance.

All qualities Divine to freedom lead,
Demonic ones continued bondage breed.
Fear not, Arjuna—you have long refined
Such qualities that soon will see you freed!

Tuesday, April 25, 2023

Bhagavad Gita Rubaiyat, part XXI

All things created are impermanent,
Destruction-bound, that none can circumvent.
Yet Cosmic Consciousness immortal is—
Naught else but these, Creation’s fundament.

However, there exists another One,
Beyond these two, beyond the stars and sun,
Yet permeating all Creation’s realms—
Supreme sustaining Self, the Unbegun.

O he from whom has all delusion flown,
Who fills his heart and mind with Me alone,
And knows Me as the Being beyond all,
That one knows all there is that can be known.

Monday, April 24, 2023

Bhagavad Gita Rubaiyat, part XX

O Mighty-armed Arjuna, those which bind
The everlasting soul to earthly grind,
Are three essential blended qualities
Of Sattwa, Rajas, Tamas, here outlined.

O Sinless One, of all these gunas three,
Sattwa brings wisdom and vitality,
Yet still results in bondage of the soul,
Though the attachments be of high degree.

The quality of Rajas is imbued
With passions by desires and whims accrued,
And thus it binds one through intensity
Of expectations, restlessness of mood.

And last, Creation’s darkest attribute
Of Tamas is the one that will pollute
All noble thoughts with sloth and ignorance,
And all high aspirations will refute.