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The Bhagavad Gita—Chapter 15: The Yoga of the Supreme Spirit

The Holy Lord said:
There is th’ eternal Ashwattha
With roots above, branches below,
The sacred hymns, the leaves; he who
Knows it, is a Veda-knower. (1)

Below, above, spread its branches,
Nourished by the gunas; its buds
Are sense-objects; and in the world
Below its roots give rise to acts. (2)

This its form is not here perceived–
Its end, origin, existence.
Having cut this firm-rooted tree
With the axe of non-attachment– (3)

Then that goal is to be sought for,
Which, attained, they never return:
“In that Primeval Purusha,
Fount of actions, I seek refuge.” (4)

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. (5)

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

An eternal part of Myself,
Becoming a soul in this world,
Takes on the senses and the mind
And abides within Prakriti. (7)

When the Lord obtains a body
And when He leaves it, He takes these
And goes, as the wind takes the scents
From their seats: the flowers and herbs. (8)

Thus presiding over the ear,
The eye, the touch, the taste, the smell–
As also the “sense” of the mind–
He experiences objects. (9)

When He departs, remains, enjoys,
Accompanied by the gunas,
The deluded do not see Him–
Those with the eye of knowledge see. (10)

The yogis, striving, behold Him
Dwelling within themselves; but the
Unrefined, unintelligent,
Even though striving, see Him not. (11)

The light which resides in the sun,
That light illumines the whole world;
That which is in the moon and fire–
Know that light to be Mine as well. (12)

Entering the earth, I support
All beings with My energy.
Having become the wat’ry moon,
I Myself cause all plants to thrive. (13)

Dwelling within living beings
In the form of digestive fire,
Joined with prana and apana,
Do I digest the fourfold food. (14)

I am seated within all hearts;
Memory, knowledge, and their loss
Proceed from Me: for I am the
Veda’s Goal, Author, and Knower. (15)

Two Purushas are in this world–
The Changing and the Unchanging.
All beings comprise the Changing,
Kutastha is the Unchanging. (16)

But there is also the Supreme
Purusha, called the Highest Self,
Immutable Lord, Who pervades
All the three worlds and sustains them. (17)

I transcend the Changing and am
Above even the Unchanging,
So in this world and the Veda
I am called the Supreme Spirit.1 (18)

He who, free from delusion, thus
Knows Me as the Supreme Spirit,
He, knowing all, thus worships Me
With all his heart, O Bharata. (19)

Knowing this most secret teaching
Imparted by Me, one awakes
To the highest enlightenment–
All his duties thus accomplished. (20)

Om Tat Sat
Thus in the Upanishads of the glorious Bhagavad Gita, the science of the Eternal, the scripture of Yoga, the dialogue between Sri Krishna and Arjuna, ends the fifteenth discourse entitled: The Yoga of the Supreme Spirit.

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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

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