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The Yoga of the threefold Faith (Shraddha Traya Vibhaga) Gita XVII (Gandhi)

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Chapter XVII: The Yoga of the threefold Faith (Shraddha Traya Vibhaga) of the Bhagavad Gita.

Threefold is the faith of men: Sattvik (pure), rajasic (passionate) or Tamasic (dark). Bhagavad Gita

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Chapter XVII of the Bhagavad Gita: Yoga Threefold Faith (Shraddha Traya Vibhaga Yoga)

Content - Chapter XVII- The Yoga of the threefold Faith (Jnana Philosophy, Bhagavad Gita)

Fifteen first verses of this chapter of the Bhagavad Gita (Yoga Philosophy)

Arjuna said:

1. What then, O Krishna, is the state of those who abandon the rule of Shastra and still remain in faith? Is it Sattva, Rajas or Tamas?

The Lord said:

2. Triple is the faith of men, inherent in their nature, Sattva (pure), Rajas (passionate) or Tamas (dark). Hear about them.

3. Every man's faith is in accordance with his innate character; man is made of faith; whatever may be the object of his faith, still it is he.

4. Sattvik (pure) people worship gods; the Rajas, yakshas and rakshasas

; and the others, the Tamas, worship ghosts and spirits.

5. Those men who, linked to pretension and arrogance, possessed by the violence of lust and passion, practice cruel austerities not commanded by Shastra;

6. They, while they torture the various elements that make up their bodies, also torture Me, the I dwelling in them; know them for being of impious purposes.

7. As I explained to you before, the food that each one appreciates is of three types; so are sacrifice, austerity and charity. Hear how they differ.

8. Those foods that add years to life, that give vitality, strength, health, happiness and appetite; which are tasty, rich, substantial and pleasant, are loved by the sattvik.

9. Those foods that are bitter, sour, salty, pungent, spicy, dry, burning and that cause pain, bitterness and illness, are highly appreciated by the rajas.

10. Food that has become cold, tasteless, putrid, rancid, discarded and unfit for sacrifice, is prized by the Tamas.

11. That sacrifice is sattvik when it is offered voluntarily as a duty, without desire for its fruits and in accordance with the rule.

12. But when the sacrifice is offered with fruit in mind and for display, you must know, O Bharatashreshtha, that it is Rajas.

13. The sacrifice that is contrary to the rule, that produces no food, that lacks the sacred text (mantras), faith and offerings, is said to be Tamas.

14. Pay homage to the gods, the Brahmins, the gurus and the wise men; Purity, righteousness, Brahmacharya and Nonviolence (Ahimsa) constitute the austerity (tapas) of the body.

15. Those words that do no harm, that are truly loving and gentle, and spiritual study (of the Vedas), constitute austerity of speech.

The rest of the verses are in the Courses and in the Book The Yoga of Wisdom: Bhagavad Gita

Thus ends the seventeenth chapter, entitled Shraddha Traya Vibhaga Yoga.

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