Bhagavad Gita

(ca. 200 BCE–200 CE)

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The Yoga of Knowledge


Krishna, how can one identify a man who is firmly established and absorbed in Brahman? In what manner does an illumined soul speak? How does he sit? How does he walk?

Sri Krishna:

He knows bliss in the Atman

And wants nothing else.

Cravings torment the heart:

He renounces cravings.

I call him illumined.

Not shaken by adversity,

Not hankering after happiness:

Free from fear, free from anger,

Free from the things of desire.

I call him a seer, and illumined.

The bonds of his flesh are broken.

He is lucky, and does not rejoice:

He is unlucky, and does not weep.


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