Sri Atma Gita


This is a beautiful Poem from the Bhagavat Purana written thousands of years ago. It is Krishna’s final discourse to his beloved disciple Uddhava, spoken on the eve of his departure from earth.

Sri Atma Gita

Om Sri Atma gita now I’ll sing

On hearing which a man is freed

That heart receptive to God’s word

Becomes the Lord Hari’s abode

On the wheel of change a man is turned

Until Sri Atma Gita’s heard

Even the place in which it’s sung

Becomes a sacred place of love

Oh man, seek thee the highest goal

Read or sing this song each day

True understanding thou wilt gain

And all past sins will fade away

To one who hears this song at death

A place on high and those who give

This song as gift are one with Him

Sri Krishna out of love bestows

Om O souls who yearn for truth!

Come sip Sri Krishna’s honeyed work

Who hears this song is freed from death

And gains the precious peace of God

Sri Krishna is speaking:

O noble Uddhava, remember my words

For I’ll not be around to remind you again

Give up all attachments, surrender your love

For this world of sense-objects, relations and friends

The feeling of “I” as a separate self

Must be given up if you wish to know truth

There’s only one Self which exists within all-

“Tis that very Self which you see as the world

The Self is the source of the whole universe

It fashions all forms of its own Consciousness

Though all forms are changing and soon fade away

The one conscious Self is forever the same

Therefore Uddhava, cling fast to the Self

Your mind must be steady, unswayed by the world

Your heart must be free of all selfish desire

If you wish to awake and to know who you are

When you have gained knowledge and wisdom as well

When you can feel one with the whole universe

When you’ve found the Self and in Self found delight

Then you will be free, though you live still on earth

Thus will you go beyond evil and good

Without pride or shame you’ll behave as you should

To everyone loving and gentle and kind

You’ll see naught but One, and in One keep your mind

Uddhava to Krishna:

O Krishna my God, only Soul of the world

So that I may awake please instruct me still more

My mind is so dull I’m unable to see

The way that a man from this flesh can be free

Sri Krishna is speaking:

Listen Uddhava, take refuge in me

Perform all your duties and works faithfully

But keep your heart free from all want or desire

And surrender your heart and your mind unto me

This world which the senses perceive is a dream

There’s nothing within it that is what it seems

So keep your mind steady, remembering me

And do what you must while your heart remains free

To work with the motive of pleasing oneself

Leads only to ruin and darkness within

But works that are done in the service of God

Bring freedom and peace as the fruits of reward

With your mine wide awake and remembering me

Surrender all thought of yourself and be free

Give up the false dream of “myself” and “my own”

Become one with God through devotional love

Regard all your brothers with equality

See only one Self in whatever you see

With all doubts dispelled by the bright light of truth

Awake fro the dream of this world and be free

When you’ve become free of all worldly desire

No power can shake you or move you to ire

Unstirred by words of both good men and bad

Uddhava, be free keep your mind fixed on God

Uddhava to Krishna:

O Krishna all men are aware that the world

Is changing and fleeting, a whirlpool of dust

Yet see how all men run to fill their desires

See how they’re caught in the jaws of dark lust

Though suffering and misery runs after those men

Who seek for their pleasure the objects of sense

Please tell me, dear Krishna, why it should be so

That men, like dumb beasts love suffering so?

Sri Krishna is speaking:

Uddhava such poor men do not know the truth

Nor have they the peace and contentment that comes

From knowing the bliss of the one conscious Self

Pervading this world in these myriad forms

Such men are deluded in thinking the Self

Is body and mind and the organs of sense

Betrayed by desires of the flesh they are led

By dreams of sense-pleasure until they are dead

But the man of dispassion and knowledge is wise

By giving himself to the impulse of lust

A foolish man gathers up pain for himself

He gathers the fruit of a joy that’s divine

So listen, Uddhava, give up lethargy

Keep watch on the thoughts of your mind faithfully

Withdraw your regard from the world and its play

Remember the Self with each thought every day

‘Tis this which is known as the yoga supreme

I’ve taught it to gods and I’ve taught it to men

I’ll tell you Uddhava the words which I gave

To the great sage Sanaka in a far-distant age

The question Sanaka asked of me was this: