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The Seventeenth Teaching

The Seventeenth Teaching Faith and Its Power 1. Arjuna: Men who ignore the scriptures but worship with faith (shraddha), Krishna, what quality prevails in them-lucidity (sattvas), passion (rajas), or inertia (tamas)? 2-6 Krishna: The faith is threefold. Each person is ruled by the quality predominant in him--lucidity, passion, or dark inertia. The faith each man has, Arjuna, follows his inborn nature; a man's faith is his core, what his faith is, so is he. Men of lucidity worship the gods; men of passion, spirits and demons; men of dark inertia worship dark spirits and the ghosts of the dead. Men who practice horrific penances that go against scriptures and are trapped in hypocrisy and in the sense of "I" and driven by warped desires, without reason, they torment the parts that compose the body, and thus they torment me in...

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The Sixteenth Teaching

Sixteenth Teaching Divine and Demonic Character Traits Krishna Fearlessness, purity of heart, determination in the discipline of knowledge, charity, self-control, non-violence, gentleness, honesty; Integrity, truth, joys in the study of the scriptures, a tranquil mind, compassion for all beings, lack of greed, modesty, patience, and reliability, dignity, kindness, resolve, clarity, absence of envy and of pride; these characterize a man born with divine traits. Hypocrisy, arrogance, vanity, anger, harshness, ignorance; these characterize a man born with demonic traits. The divine traits lead to freedom, the demonic to suffering and bondage. But do not despair, Arjuna, you were born with the divine traits. All the beings in the world are either divine or demonic; I have described the divine at length hear what I say of the demonic. Demonic men do not know what should and should not be...

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The Fifteenth Teaching

Fifteenth Teaching The Ultimate Supreme Person Krishna: Roots above, branches below, the realm of sorrow is the world tree, sages say; its leaves are sacred hymns. Its branches, stretching below and above and nourished by gunas, bud in sense objects; its aerial roots tangled in actions reach downward into the world of men. Its vast form is unknown to the men in the world; unknown is the extent of its end and its beginning. Cut down this deep-rooted tree with the sharp ax of detachment; then search for that primal One from whom the whole universe flows. Find him in the place that one enters without returning; without arrogance or delusion intent on the Self alone, serene with attachment overcome, desires extinguished, freed from dualities, from joy and suffering, wise men reach that realm beyond change. Neither...

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The Fourteenth Teaching

Fourteenth Teaching Nature's (Prakriti's) Three Qualities (Gunas) 1-20 Krishna: I shall teach you further about true knowledge, ultimate knowledge, that all the sages have mastered and then reached perfection. Resorting to this knowledge, they follow my ways; when the world is created they are not reborn, when the world dissolves they suffer no sorrow. Nature is my womb; in it I place my seed, and from nature bursts forth the origin of all beings. Nature is the primal womb of all life forms that develop, and I am their seed-giving father. Lucidity (sattva), passion (rajas), and dark inertia (tamas)-the three qualities (gunas) inherent in nature bind the deathless self, atman, to the body. Of the three, lucidity, pure, luminous and without decay binds us by means of attachment to happiness and wisdom, Arjuna. Passion is emotional, born of craving...

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The Thirteenth Teaching

The Thirteenth Teaching The Field and the Field Knower 1-6 What is the Self--the "Knower of the field?" What is the "field?" The body is the field; the one who watches whatever happens within it is called the Knower. Know me as the field-knower in every body; genuine knowledge is knowing both the field and its Knower. Listen from me the summary of the field; what changes take place in it, who is the Knower and what his powers are. Ancient seers have sung of this in many powerful ways, with varied meters and well argued with reasoning. The field contains the five elements, "I"-sense, the understanding, the ten senses, the mind and the five sense realms. 7-12 Longing, hated, happiness, suffering, bodily form, consciousness, resolve-all these components make up the field, with its various changes. Knowledge means...

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The Twelfth Teaching

The Way of Love and Devotion 1-12 Arjuna: Who understands the discipline deeply? The man who worships you with pure devotion or the man who loves the Imperishable, Unmanifest? Krishna: Those men who love and worship me with true faith, entrusting their minds on me are perfect in yoga. But the men who love and worship Imperishable, Ineffable, Unmanifest, Omnipresent, Inconceivable, and Immutable at the summit of existence, rejoicing in the welfare of all beings-they too will reach me at last. But their path is much more arduous when they cling to my unmanifest nature; for embodies beings, the unmanifest is hard to attain. But those men intent on me, who renounce all actions to me and worship me, meditating with singular discipline, when they entrust their minds to me, Arjuna, I soon arise to rescue them from the ocean...

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The Tenth Teaching

The Tenth Teaching Splendor of Divine Power 1-11 Krishna: Great Warrior, again hear my word in its supreme form; Desiring your utmost good, I tell you the greatest teaching. Neither the multitude of gods nor great sages know my origin, I am the source from which all the gods and sages emerge. Whoever knows me as the unborn, the Beginningless, the great Lord of all worlds-he alone sees truly and is free from all harm. Understanding, wisdom, non-delusion, patience, truth, control, tranquility, joy, suffering, being, nonbeing, fear and fearlessness, nonviolence, equanimity, contentment, penance, charity, glory, disgrace-all these arise from me alone. The seven ancient great sages and the four ancestors from whom all beings descend arose from my own depths, mind born. The man who can understand my power and my discipline is forever united with me by his unwavering...

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The Ninth Teaching

The Ninth Teaching The Magnificent Mystery 1-4 Krishna I will teach you the secret of life, Arjuna because you trust me; Know it and you will be free from suffering. This is the supreme wisdom, knowing beyond all knowledge, experienced directly, in a flash, joyous to perform and unchanging. Men without faith cannot reach me, Arjuna; they return to the cycles of death and rebirth. My unmanifest form pervades the whole universe; All creatures exist in me, but I do not exist in them. 5-15 Behold the power of my discipline; these creatures are really not in me; myself I quicken creatures, sustaining them without being in them. Just as the wide-moving wind is constantly present in space, so all creatures exist in me; understand it to be so. As an eon ends, all creatures fold into my nature, Arjuna; and I create them...

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The Eighth Teaching

The Immortal Spirit 1-2 Arjuna What is the infinite freedom, Krishna? What is the Self? What is the nature of action, the nature of beings and of divinities? How does one worship? What is it here in the body? And at the time of death how can a man be with you in spirit? 3-10 Krishna Infinite freedom is union with deathless; The Self is the essence of all beings; its creative force known as action is the source of all existence. True worship is myself here in the body. Know that beings die. Know that among gods I am the Supreme and know that true worship is I myself, here, in this body. At the time of death if a man thinks of me, without doubt, he enters my state of being. Whatever the state of being at the...

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