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The Bhagavad Gita – Selected Verses

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.’”

If surrender and become absorbed in the Self, will I be able to feed and care for myself and others?

IX, 22

ananyaash- cintayanto maaM ye janaH paryupaasate
not separate from meditate me who men worship

teshaM nitya- abhiyuktaanaaM yoga- kshemaM vahaamy- aham
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..
How should you practice in order to know the Self?

VI, 25

shanaiH shanai- ruparamed- buddhyaa dhrti- grhiitayaa
gradually gradually may one resolve with the intellect held firmly

aatma- saMsthaM manaH krtvaa na kincid- api cintayet
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.
What will the state be when you are absorbed in the Self?

IV, 22

yadrcchaa- laabha- santushto dvandva- atiito vi- matsaraH
by chance what comes content opposites unaffected by without jealousy

samaH siddhaav- asiddhau ca krtva- api na nibadhyate
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.
If you become stabilized in the Self, is there anything else you need to do?

III, 17

ya- stv- aatma- ratir- eva syaad- aatma- trptash- ca maanavaH
who but in the Self delights only would be with Self satisfied and person

aatmany- eva ca santushtaH tasya kaaryaM na vidyate
in the Self only and contented for himwork 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