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Selections from the Hindu Scripture “Bhagavad Gita,” Chapters 10 & 11, Part 1 of 2

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Of the many sacred Hindu texts that have been written since ancient times, the “Bhagavad Gita” is among the most famous. This 700-verse scripture is part of the epic poem “Mahabharata.” The “Bhagavad Gita” focuses on a spiritually insightful dialog between Prince Arjuna and his Guide, Lord Sri Krishna.

“Lord Shri Krishna said: Now, O Prince! Listen to My supreme advice, which I give thee for the sake of thy welfare, for thou art My beloved. Neither the professors of divinity nor the great ascetics know My origin, for I am the source of them all. He who knows Me as the unborn, without beginning, the Lord of the universe, he, stripped of his delusion, becomes free from all conceivable sin.”

“The seven Great Seers, the Progenitors of mankind, the Ancient Four, and the Lawgivers were born of My Will and come forth direct from Me. The race of mankind has sprung from them. He who rightly understands My manifested glory and My Creative Power, beyond doubt attains perfect peace. I am the source of all; from Me everything flows.”

“To those who are always devout and who worship Me with love, I give the power of discrimination, which leads them to Me. By My grace, I live in their hearts; and I dispel the darkness of ignorance by the shining light of wisdom.”

“O Arjuna! I am the Self, seated in the hearts of all beings; I am the beginning and the life, and I am the end of them all. Of all the creative Powers I am the Creator, of luminaries the Sun; the Whirlwind among the winds, and the Moon among planets. Of the Vedas I am the Hymns, I am the Electric Force in the Powers of Nature; of the senses I am the Mind; and I am the Intelligence in all that lives.”

“I am the Seed of all being, O Arjuna! No creature moving or unmoving can live without Me. O Arjuna! The aspects of My divine life are endless. I have mentioned but a few by way of illustration. Whatever is glorious, excellent, beautiful and mighty, be assured that it comes from a fragment of My splendor.”
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