Krishna. Yet farther will I open unto thee
This wisdom of all wisdoms, uttermost, The which possessing, all My saints have passed
To perfectness. On such high verities Reliant, rising into fellowship
With Me, they are not born again at birth Of Kalpas, nor at Pralyas suffer
This Universe the womb is where I plant
Seed of all lives! Thence, Prince of India, comes Birth to all beings! Whoso, Kunti's Son!
Mothers each mortal form, Brahma conceives, And I am He that fathers, sending seed!
Sattwan, Raias, and Tamas, so are named The qualities of Nature,
"Soothfastness," "Passion," and "Ignorance." These three bind
down The changeless Spirit in the changeful flesh.
Whereof sweet "Soothfastness," by
purity Living unsullied and enlightened, binds The sinless Soul to happiness and truth;
And Passion, being kin to appetite, And breeding impulse and propensity,
Binds the embodied Soul, O Kunti's Son! By tie of works.
But Ignorance, begot Of Darkness, blinding mortal men, binds down
Their souls to stupor, sloth, and drowsiness. Yea, Prince of India!
Soothfastness binds souls In pleasant wise to flesh; and Passion binds By toilsome strain; but
Ignorance, which blots The beams of wisdom, binds the soul to sloth.
Author : Sir Edwin Arnold