By Sir Edwin Arnold
Written within the kind of a poetic discussion, it probes Hindu thoughts of the character of God and what guy should still do to arrive him, delivering a desirable synopsis of the non secular proposal and adventure of India throughout the a while. This variation bargains the vintage English verse translation by way of Sir Edwin Arnold (1832–1904). Explanatory footnotes.
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They comprehend not, the Unheavenly, How Souls go forth from Me; nor how they come Back unto Me: nor is there Truth in these, Nor purity, nor rule of Life. " And, this thing thinking, all those ruined ones− Of little wit, dark−minded− give themselves To evil deeds, the curses of their kind. " Ensnared In nooses of a hundred idle hopes, Slaves to their passion and their wrath, they buy Wealth with base deeds, to glut hot appetites; "Thus much, to−day," they say, "we gained! thereby Such and such wish of heart shall have its fill; And this is ours!
Sanjaya. Hearing mighty Keshav's word, Trembling that helmed Lord Clasped his lifted palms, and− praying Grace of Krishna− stood there, saying, With bowed brow and accents broken, These words, timorously spoken: Arjuna. Worthily, Lord of Might! The whole world hath delight In Thy surpassing power, obeying Thee; The Rakshasas, in dread At sight of Thee, are sped To all four quarters; and the company Of Siddhas sound Thy name. How should they not proclaim Thy Majesties, Divinest, Mightiest? Thou Brahm, than Brahma greater!
Oh, my Lord! Which be the signs to know him that hath gone Past the Three Modes? How liveth he? What way Leadeth him safe beyond the threefold Modes? Krishna. He who with equanimity surveys Lustre of goodness, strife of passion, sloth Of ignorance, not angry if they are, Not wishful when they are not: he who sits A sojourner and stranger in their midst Unruffled, standing off, saying− serene− When troubles break, "These be the Qualities! He unto whom− self−centred− grief and joy Sound as one word; to whose deep−seeing eyes The clod, the marble, and the gold are one; Whose equal heart holds the same gentleness For lovely and unlovely things, firm−set, Well−pleased in praise and dispraise; satisfied With honour or dishonour; unto friends And unto foes alike in tolerance; Detached from undertakings,− he is named Surmounter of the Qualities!