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Maharshi Gita

ramana maharshiThis Maharshi Gita is an arrangement of verses of the Bhagavad Gita made by Sri Ramana Maharshi that gives an overview of the essential message of the Gita.

1)Sanjaya said:
To him who was thus overcome
By pity, and whose eyes were filled
With tears, downcast and despairing,
Madhusudana spoke these words: (2:1)

2)The Holy Lord said:
This body is known as the Field,
And he who knows it thus is called
The Knower of the Field by those
Who know of both Field and Knower. (13:1)

3)Know Me also, O Bharata,
To be the Knower in all Fields.
The knowledge of Field and Knower
I consider as the knowledge. (13:2)

4)I am the Self abiding in
The heart of all beings; I am
The beginning, the middle, and
Also the end of all beings. (10:20)1

5)Of that which is born, death is sure,
Of that which is dead, birth is sure.
Over the unavoidable,
Therefore you never should lament. (2:27)

6)Neither is the Self slain, nor yet does it die,
Nor having been will it e’er come not to be,
Birthless, eternal, perpetu’l, primeval,
It is not slain whene’er the body is slain. (2:20)

7)This self cannot be cut, nor burnt,
Nor wetted, nor dried: ’tis changeless,
All-pervading and unmoving,
Immovable, eternal self. (2:24)

8)That by Which all is pervaded’
Know That is indestructible.
There is none with the power to
Destroy the Imperishable. (2:17)

9)The unreal never comes to be,
The real does never cease to be.
The certainty of both of these
Is known to those who see the truth. (2:16)

10)As the all-pervading ether,
Through subtlety is not tainted,
The Self seated in the body
Is not tainted in any case. (13:32)

11)That the sun illuminates not,
There shines neither the moon nor fire;
For that is My Supreme Abode,
Going whither they return not. (15:6)

12)The unmanifest, eternal,
Is declared as the Supreme Goal,
Attaining Which they return not.
This is My supreme dwelling place. (8:21)

13)Without pride, delusion ‘attachment conquered’
Dwelling in the Supreme Self, without desires,
Freed from the dualities’pleasure and pain’
The undeluded reach that eternal Goal. (15:5)

14)He who sets aside the counsels
Of scriptures from desire’s impulse,
Attains not unto perfection,
Nor happiness, nor Goal Supreme. (16:23)

15)The one who truly sees is he
Who ever sees the Supreme Lord
Existing equally in all
Beings, deathless in the dying. (13:27)

16)By single-minded devotion
I may be known in this true form,
Seen in reality, also
Entered into, Scorcher of Foes. (11:54)

17)Each one’s faith is according to
His natural disposition.
Yea, the man consists of his faith;
In truth, he is what his faith is. (17:3)

18)The man of faith, and devoted,
And the master of his senses,
Attains this knowledge, and having
Attained quickly finds Supreme Peace. (4:39)

19)To them, the constantly steadfast,
Worshipping Me with affection,
I bestow the buddhi-yoga
By which they shall come unto Me. (10:10)

20)Out of compassion for them, I,
Abiding in their hearts, destroy
The darkness born of ignorance
By the shining lamp of knowledge. (10:11)

21)But those whose ignorance has been
Destroyed by knowledge of the self’
That knowledge of theirs, like the sun,
Reveals then the Supreme Brahman. (5:16)

22)Above the body are senses;
Above the senses is the mind;
Above the mind is intellect;
Above the intellect: the self. (3:42)

23)Thus, knowing Him Who is above
The intellect, and restraining
The self by the Self, then destroy
That enemy, that foe: desire. (3:43)

24)As fire reduces wood to ash,
In the same way, O Arjuna,
The fire of knowledge does reduce
To ashes all karma’know this. (4:37)

25)Whose undertakings are devoid
Of plan and desire for results,
Whose actions are burnt in the fire
Of knowledge’him the wise call wise. (4:19)

26)Released from desire and anger,
With thoughts restrained, those ascetics
Who know the Self, find very near
The bliss of Brahma-nirvana. (5:26)

27)With intellect set in patience,
With the mind fastened on the self,
He gains quietude by degrees:
Let him not think of any thing. (6:25)

28)Whenever the unsteady mind,
Moving here and there, wanders off,
He should subdue and hold it back’
Direct it to the Self’s control. (6:26)

29)Controlling sense, mind, intellect;
With moksha as the supreme goal;
Freed from desire, fear, and anger:
Such a sage is for ever free. (5:28)

30)He, disciplined by yoga, sees
The Self present in all beings,
And all beings within the Self.
He sees the same Self at all times. (6:29)

31)Those who direct their thoughts to Me,
Worshipping Me with steadfast mind,
For them I secure what they lack
And preserve that which they possess. (9:22)

32)Of them, the wise man, e’er steadfast,
Devoted to the One, excels;
Supremely dear am I to him,
And he is dear to Me, as well. (7:17)

33)At the end of his many births
The wise man takes refuge in Me.
He knows: ‘All is Vasudeva.’
How very rare is that great soul! (7:19)

34)When he completely casts away
All the desires of the mind,
His self satisfied by the self,
He is called ‘of steady wisdom.’ (2:55)

35)He who abandons all desires
Attains peace, acts free from longing,
Indifferent to possessions
And free from all egotism.2 (2:71)

36)He who agitates not the world,
And whom the world agitates not,
Who is freed from joy, envy, fear,
And worry’he is dear to Me. (12:15)

37)The same in honor and disgrace,
The same to friend and enemy,
Renouncing all undertakings’
He has gone beyond the Gunas. (14:25)

38)He who is content in the Self,
Who is satisfied in the Self,
Who is pleased only in the self:
For him there is no need to act. (3:17)

39)He has nothing to gain by acts;
Nothing to gain by inaction;
And no need of any being
For any purpose soever. (3:18)

40)Content with what comes unbidden,
Beyond duality, envy,
The same in success or failure,
E’en though acting, he is not bound. (4:22)

41)O Arjuna, the Lord dwells in
The hearts of all beings, causing
Them by His Maya to revolve
As if mounted on a machine. (18:61)

42)O Bharata, with all your heart
Take refuge in Him; and you shall
Surely attain unto supreme
Peace and the eternal abode. (18:62)

Om.

He, Who seated in Arjun’s car,
Spoke the Gospel to Arjuna
And removed his distress, may that
Embodiment of Grace save us!3
Om Tat sat.


 

1) Sri Ramana Maharshi said that this verse is the quintessence of the Gita’the Gita in a single verse. [Go back]

2) Pronounced as four syllables: e-go-tiz-um. [Go back]

3) These four lines where written by Sri Ramana to be included in the recitation of the forty-two verses he selected as the essence of the Gita’s teachings. [Go back]


 

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Text of the Bhagavad Gita for Singing:

  1. The Bhagavad Gita—Chapter 1: The Yoga of the Despondency of Arjuna
  2. The Bhagavad Gita—Chapter 2: Sankhya Yoga
  3. The Bhagavad Gita—Chapter 3: The Yoga of Action
  4. The Bhagavad Gita—Chapter 4: The Yoga of Wisdom
  5. The Bhagavad Gita—Chapter 5: The Yoga of Renunciation of Action
  6. The Bhagavad Gita—Chapter 6: The Yoga of Meditation
  7. The Bhagavad Gita—Chapter 7: The Yoga of Wisdom and Realization
  8. The Bhagavad Gita—Chapter 8: The Yoga of Imperishable Brahman
  9. The Bhagavad Gita—Chapter 9: The Yoga of the Kingly Science and Kingly Secret
  10. The Bhagavad Gita—Chapter 10: The Yoga of Divine Glories
  11. The Bhagavad Gita—Chapter 11: The Yoga of the Vision of the Cosmic Form
  12. The Bhagavad Gita—Chapter 12: The Yoga of Devotion
  13. The Bhagavad Gita—Chapter 13: The Yoga of the Distinction Between the Field and the Knower of the Field
  14. The Bhagavad Gita—Chapter 14: The Yoga of the Division of the Three Gunas
  15. The Bhagavad Gita—Chapter 15: The Yoga of the Supreme Spirit
  16. The Bhagavad Gita—Chapter 16: The Yoga of the Division between the Divine and the Demoniacal
  17. The Bhagavad Gita—Chapter 17: The Yoga of the Division of Threefold Faith
  18. The Bhagavad Gita—Chapter 18: The Yoga of Liberation by Renunciation

The Bhagavad Gita—The Song of God A new Translation by Abbot George Burke

  1. Bhagavad Gita Chapter One: The Yoga of the Despondency of Arjuna
  2. Bhagavad Gita Chapter Two: Sankhya Yoga
  3. Bhagavad Gita Chapter Three: The Yoga of Action
  4. Bhagavad Gita Chapter Four: The Yoga of Wisdom
  5. Bhagavad Gita Chapter Five: The Yoga of Renunciation of Action
  6. Bhagavad Gita Chapter Six: The Yoga of Meditation
  7. Bhagavad Gita Chapter Seven: The Yoga of Wisdom and Realization
  8. Bhagavad Gita Chapter Eight: The Yoga of Imperishable Brahman
  9. Bhagavad Gita Chapter Nine: The Yoga of the Royal Science and Royal Secret
  10. Bhagavad Gita Chapter Ten: The Yoga of Divine Glories
  11. Bhagavad Gita Chapter Eleven: The Yoga of the Vision of the Cosmic Form
  12. Bhagavad Gita Chapter Twelve: The Yoga of Devotion
  13. Bhagavad Gita Chapter Thirteen: The Yoga of the Distinction Between the Field and the Knower of the Field
  14. Bhagavad Gita Chapter Fourteen: The Yoga of the Division of the Three Gunas
  15. Bhagavad Gita Chapter Fifteen: The Yoga of the Supreme Spirit
  16. Bhagavad Gita Chapter Sixteen: The Yoga of the Division between the Divine and the Demonic
  17. Bhagavad Gita Chapter Seventeen: The Yoga of the Division of Threefold Faith
  18. Bhagavad Gita Chapter Eighteen: The Yoga of Liberation by Renunciation

Read the Maharshi Gita, an arrangement of verses of the Bhagavad Gita made by Sri Ramana Maharshi that gives an overview of the essential message of the Gita.

Read the Bhagavad Gita for Awakening, a full commentary on the Bhagavad Gita by Abbot George Burke (Swami Nirmalananda Giri).

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