“We all need joy, and we can all receive joy in only one way, by adding to the joy of others.”
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Those who are free from selfish attachments,
Who have mastered the senses and passions,
Act not, but are acted through by the Lord.
Listen to me now, O son of Kunti,
How one who has become an instrument
In the hands of the Lord attains Brahman,
The supreme consummation of wisdom.
Unerring in discrimination,
Sovereign of the senses and passions,
Free from the clamor of likes and dislikes,
They lead a simple, selfreliant life
Based on meditation, using speech,
Body, and mind to serve the Lord of Love.
Free from selfwill, aggressiveness, arrogance,
From the lust to possess people or things,
They are at peace with themselves and others
And enter into the unitive state.
United with the Lord, ever joyful,
Beyond the reach of selfwill and sorrow,
They serve me in every living creature
And attain supreme devotion to me.
By loving me they share in my glory
And enter into my boundless being.
All their acts are performed in my service,
And through my grace they win eternal life.
Make every act an offering to me;
Regard me as your only protector.
Make every thought an offering to me;
Meditate on me always.
Drawing upon your deepest resources,
You shall overcome all difficulties
Through my grace. But if you will not heed me
In your selfwill, nothing will avail you.
If you say, I will not fight this battle,
Your own nature will drive you into it.
If you will not fight the battle of life,
Your own karma will drive you into it.
The Lord dwells in the hearts of all creatures,
And he whirls them round on the wheel of time.
Run to him for refuge with all your strength
And peace profound will be yours through his grace.
I give you these precious words of wisdom;
Reflect on them and then choose what is best.
These are the last words I shall speak to you,
Dear one, for your spiritual fulfillment.
Be aware of me always, adore me,
Make every act an offering to me,
And you shall come to me;
This I promise, for you are dear to me.
Leave all other support, and look to me
For protection. I shall purify you
From the sins of the past. Do not grieve.
Do not share this wisdom with anyone
Who lacks in devotion or selfcontrol,
Lacks the desire to learn, or who scoffs at me.
Those who teach this supreme mystery
Of the Gita to all those who love me
Will come to me without doubt. No one
Can render me more devoted service;
No one on earth can be more dear to me.
Those who meditate on these holy words
Worship me with wisdom and devotion.
Even those who listen to them with faith,
Free from doubts, will find a happier world.
Have you fully understood my message?
Are you free from your doubts and delusions?
You have dispelled my doubts and delusions
And made me ready to fight this battle.
My faith is firm now, and I will do your will.
For practical purposes, these are the concluding verses of the Bhagavad Gita (18:49 2 73). The translation is by Eknath Easwaran, from The Bhagavad Gita for Daily Living (Petaluma, California: Nilgiri Press, 1975 2 85).
Ansari of Herat
Baba Kuhi of Shiraz
Bahya Ibn Paquda
Native American Tradition
Rabbi Abram Isaac Kook
Rabbi Eleazar Azikri
Saint Catherine of Genoa
Saint Ignatius Of Loyola
Saint Teresa of Avila
Solomon ibn Gabirol
Sri Sarada Devi
The Amritabindu Upanishad
The Bhagavad Gita
The Chandogya Upanishad
The Isha Upanishad
The Katha Upanishad
The Kena Upanishad
The Rig Veda
The Shvetashvatara Upanishad
The Tejobindu Upanishad
Thomas a Kempis