One of the classical works of world spiritual teaching, the Bhagavad Gita, which translates as the “Song of God” has been widely quoted and studied by Westerners as well including Thoreau and Emerson. Of the 700 verses in the most popular translations of this 2500 year-old work, many different selections have been made for study. Ramana Maharshi selected 42 verses as those most useful for awakening and presented them in The Song Celestial…The verses are introduced by questions… and are followed by what the verse means for me. Roman numerals indicate the Chapter which is followed by the verse.
Giving this cornerstone of Hinduism as a key text does not imply that it has the unique insight into awakening among the world’s great spiritual texts. Ramana himself, schooled in a Methodist Middle School and the American Mission High School, frequently quoted from the Christian Bible. One of his famous quotes is “the whole Vedanta (extensive portions of the Hindu Vedas focused on non-dual awakening) is contained in two Biblical Statements: ‘I Am that I Am’ and ‘Be still and know that I am God.’”
|not separate from||meditate||me||who men||worship|
|for those||always||awake to me||wants||losses they fear||take care of||I|
I take care of the needs of those who worship Me, realize they are not separate from Me and see Me in everything..
|gradually||gradually||may one resolve||with the intellect||held firmly|
|in the Self||abide||mind||make||not||anything||else||think of|
Gradually, gradually, with a discriminating intellect, make the mind abide in the Self and not think of anything else.
|by chance||what comes||content||opposites||unaffected by||without||jealousy|
|the same||in success||in failure||and||performing action||even||not||is bound|
He is content with what comes by chance, unaffected by pleasure and pain, and free of jealousy. He is the same in success and failure and is not bound even while performing actions.
|who||but||in the Self||delights||only||would be||with Self||satisfied||and||person|
|in the Self||only||and||contented||for him||work to be done||not||exist|
One who delights in the Self, is satisfied with the Self and is content in the Self alone, has nothing else to do.
Copyright © 2007 by Gary Weber