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Geeta Chapter 7 - The Way Of Knowledge with Realization

Shree Bhagvan said:

  1. I will now tell you how with mind focused on Me, taking refuge in Me, and practicing Yoga will you know Me without doubt.

  2. I shall tell you in full, of knowledge, in full, knowing which, nothing else here remains to be known.

  3. Hardly one among thousands of men strives to realize Me; of those striving yogis, again, some rare one knows Me in reality.

  4. My nature on material plane is divided in eight parts, namely; earth, water, fire, air, ether, mind, intellect, and ego.

  5. This indeed is My lower (material) nature. Other than this is My higher (spiritual) nature in the form of consciousness, by which the whole universe is sustained, (the life –principle), O Arjuna.

  6. Arjuna, all beings have evolved from these two types of nature. I am the source of the entire creation, and into Me again it disappears.

  7. There is nothing else beyond Me, Arjuna. Like clusters of jewels on a thread, this entire universe is threaded on Me.

  8. Arjuna, I am the liquid in water and the light in the moon and the sun; I am the sacred syllable OM in all the Vedas, the sound in space, and the virility in men.

  9. I am the sweet fragrance in earth, and the brilliance in fire; I am the life in all beings, and the austerity in ascetics.

  10. Arjuna, I am the eternal seed of all beings. I am the intellect of the intelligent, and the glory of the glorious.

  11. Arjuna, I am the might, free from passion and desire; I am the desire in all beings unopposed to virtue.

  12. And whatever states pertaining to Sattva, Rajas, and Tamas know them to be evolved from Me alone; yet I am not in them, but they are in Me.

  13. The whole of this creation is deluded by these objects evolved from the three traits of nature, sattva, Rajas and Tamas; that is why the world fails to recognize Me as separate from these and imperishable.

  14. This most wonderful illusion of Mine, consisting of three traits, is extremely difficult to break through; however, those, who constantly devote themselves to Me alone are able to cross it.

  15. Those whose wisdom has been carried away by illusion, and who have embraced the demoniac nature, such foolish and vile men of evil deeds do not adore Me.

  16. Four types of devotees of noble deeds worship Me, the seeker of worldly pleasures, the distressed, the seeker for knowledge, and the man of wisdom.

  17. Of these the best is the man of wisdom, ever established in identity with Me and possessed of exclusive devotion. I am extremely dear to the wise man and he is extremely dear to Me.

  18. Indeed all they are noble, but the man of wisdom is My very self; such is My view. For with his mind steadfast, he is firmly established in Me alone, as the highest goal.

  19. In the very last of all births the enlightened soul takes refuge in Me, realizing that all this is Self. Such a great soul is very rare.

  20. Those whose wisdom had been carried away by various desires, being prompted by their own nature, worship other deities adopting rites relating to each.

  21. Whatever form a devotee chooses to worship with reverence, I dispense the faith of that particular devotee in that very form.

  22. Endowed with such faith he worships that particular-deity and obtains through him without doubt his desired enjoyments as ordained by Myself.

  23. But the fruit to these men of little understanding is limited. The worshippers of the gods go to the gods; My devotees eventually come to me.

  24. Not knowing My transcendental and immutable supreme nature, the ignorant regard Me, the supreme spirit, as beyond the reach of mind and senses, having taken a finite form.

  25. Veiled by illusion due to traits, I am not manifest to all. Hence these ignorant persons fail to recognize Me, the unborn and imperishable supreme.

  26. I know, O Arjuna, the beings of the whole past, the present, and the future, but none knows Me.

  27. O Arjuna, through delusion in shape of pairs of opposites (such as pleasure and pain etc) arising from desire and aversion, all living creatures in this world are deluded.

  28. Those men of virtuous deeds, whose sin has come to an end –they, freed from the delusion of the pairs of opposites- worship Me with firm resolve.

  29. Those who strive for freedom from old age and death, taking refuge in Me –they know Brahman, the whole of sprituality, and karma in its entirety.

  30. Those who know Me with the Adhibhuta, the Adhidaiva,and the Adhiyajna know Me even at the time of death, steadfast in mind.

 

The end of seventh chapter, designated as, The Way of Knowledge with Realization.