MintPress Destroys Corporate ISIL/Middle East News Narrative.

Posted on June 30, 2014

by Jerry Alatalo

aaa-44What is truly astounding about the discussion between friends from MintPress News Mnar Muhawesh and Mahdi Nazemroaya is how in such a profoundly simple manner they decimate extremely powerful international media corporations’ – let’s call it what it is – lies about ISIL (Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant).

The so-called mainstream/corporate media have unanimously portrayed the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant as being a consequence of ancient sectarian rivalry between Middle East Sunni and Shia populations, as if that were the sole factor for their (ISIL) actions, all in an intentional effort to keep millions of viewers ignorant of the reality in the Middle East.

ISIL is a mercenary army paid, trained, supplied, and directed by Gulf monarchies Saudi Arabia, Qatar and others, along with government entities in Turkey, Israel, the United States, Britain and others, to destabilize nations and peoples who choose not to go along with imperialist agendas. There is nothing new about ISIL except that it represents a new strategy for powerful people having the desire to control the Middle East region’s vast oil/natural gas/energy resource wealth.

Ms. Muhawesh and Mr. Nazemroaya precisely identify what is occurring in Iraq and the region: a “divide and conquer” strategy perhaps as old as the hills. It is a historically deadly and vicious strategy that has destroyed and/or ended the lives of millions of innocent human beings in the Middle East. Those responsible for military intervention in the Middle East for manipulation and control have no concern for the men, women and children who live there, have to be described accurately based on their actions, and must be stopped through worldwide popular resistance.

The video discussion between Ms. Muhawesh and Mr. Nazemroaya could very well be misperceived and underestimated because of its lack of “slick” production and simplicity of communication. Apparently they spoke through a Skype connection that millions use every day when speaking to distant relatives and friends. What is highly beneficial to acknowledge and remember – especially for men and women who have become frustrated or disappointed in the slow pace of truth’s emergence on Earth –  is that the simple but profound message Ms. Muhavesh and Mr. Nazemroaya deliver here is easily replicated by any persons with minimal technology.

They have shown that it’s possible for average men and women to “speak truth to power”, that the truth is held up more highly by humanity than at any time in history,  and when truth gets spoken – just like the movie “Field of Dreams” –  they will come. Will this simple discussion exposing the truth about ISIL and the Middle East, correcting the false narrative of corporate media go viral? There is no doubt that it will.

After it goes viral will there, because of the truth exposed, be a positive change on the ground in Iraq and the Middle East? No doubt.

Is it possible for ordinary men and women to create a better world? Yes.

In 2014 humanity rejects any further killing for profit

To those who find war and killing an acceptable power/business tactic:  Admit the inhumanity, absence of compassion for your fellow brothers and sisters, and moral bankruptcy of what you are advocating. Think again on how your thoughts, words, and actions affect others in devastating and harmful ways and what the consequences of your actions will be for future generations on this Earth.

See the death, destruction, sadness, and pain your actions have caused, then ask yourself if you have “done unto others” as “you would have done to you.”  If after consideration of that question you find yourself still advocating war and killing, please offer the people in the Middle East along with other war-torn regions a rational and reasonable explanation of your philosophical and spiritual thoughts which lead you to such conclusions.

Explain to all people how more war – mankind’s greatest failure – can possibly be seen as a source of some type of success, exactly the opposite of its reality. This is Orwellian logic summed up in the writer’s famous line from “1984” – War is Peace – or the idea that by “killing you, you will become saved” or from the Vietnam War, where soldiers came to “destroy the village to save it.” Connect the dots that run from your reasoning to the assessment that “war is good.”

To those who agree with war and killing: 99.9% of humanity disagrees with war and killing, and are becoming aware of the warmonger’s completely indefensible logic. What is occurring in the Middle East and other regions on Earth is the direct result of your application of that indefensible logic. You are directly accountable for the criminal harm done to men, women, and children in these lands. Perhaps now would be a good time to come clean, speak the truth, and start being a peacemaker instead of a purveyor of death.

To the masters of war: Ask yourself the question, “What did you do for your fellow-man?” Some believe this question is one of the first, if not the first, ones asked of those who leave the physical body in what people call death. Masters of war, does this question seem like perhaps the ultimate one? And should you or I, or any man, woman or child, wait until that inevitable transition to the world of spirit to think deeply about what it asks of us?

Masters of war, wouldn’t it be a good thing if you can answer that question as follows?:

“I did everything possible to prevent the harming and suffering of human beings. I did everything possible to help people live their lives in peace, brotherhood, and joy. I did everything possible to increase love’s manifestation and presence on this Earth. And to accomplish these I always spoke from my heart and spirit…  total truth.”

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Fascism As It Is, Truthseeker, Ukraine.

Posted on June 29, 2014

by Jerry Alatalo

“Real news is bad news.”

– Marshall McLuhan (1911-1980)

whitekeys3-1Episode #42 of Truthseeker from RT contains information which gives people a different picture of Ukraine events than that provided in the so-called corporate news media. With a concern for truthful reporting about the facts in that region where international tension has been difficult to contain, where violence and death have occurred, it is important to cover every perception given from a variety of journalistic sources. Unfortunately in 2014, there has yet to emerge a worldwide focus on the high importance of determining the truth on very dangerous and divisive developments such as those in Ukraine.

In other words, humanity hasn’t evolved to the point where propaganda (doctrine disseminated by organization) is rejected fully, and where the world of reporting/journalism has transformed into the complete search for only the truth. Perhaps one day media organizations will willingly coöperate to compare and discuss their findings on the wide range of events that are affecting people’s lives around the Earth, with a devotion and loyalty to providing  real facts for average citizens, decision-makers/political leaders and others.

While coming across this Truthseeker report on RT’s YouTube channel, the channel now has over 1 million subscribers, which may make it the largest on YT, certainly one of the largest at any rate. A few weeks ago John Kerry gave a talk where he discredited RT for its dissemination of propaganda, so, in a post about that talk, the urgent nature of United States State Department public correction of any perceived false information coming from RT or other news organizations was emphasized.

In other words, because false information going out to millions of people has the potential to instigate action based on falsehood that could be dangerous and harm people unnecessarily, the State Department carries a responsibility to refute and correct any such errors in reporting. An example which illustrates this point would be where, after a person became upset from hearing a false report on their television or computer, person(s) take out their rage on others based on that incorrect information. If the State Department becomes aware of false information, it is important to alert the public to prevent such violence as just described.

Another way of looking at this is the example of a crowded theater where someone cries out loud “fire!” and persons get trampled to death. That said, the information contained in the following videos about Ukraine is highly controversial and has the potential to generate strong emotion in viewers, so the State Department, in the spirit of “Responsibility to Protect”, is morally impelled to publicly articulate and correct any facts which are not exact to forestall harmful action(s) fuelled by falsehood.

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Truthseeker Episode 42 about Ukraine is around eleven minutes but contains what seems like much more information than can possibly become presented in such a short time. Some of the views expressed follow.

Economist Michael Hudson:

“There was a Chilean-type military coup d’état there. People of Ukraine do not sign off on IMF (International Monetary Fund) IOUs, and sign the transfer of property. The coup d’état leaders in Kiev sign off, and what do they want? Their aim is not to help Ukraine. Their aim is to get rich for themselves, and to move as much of their money into London, New York, and other centers as they can.”

Lawyer Martha Boersch on former Ukraine President Yulia Timoshenko’s embezzlement while in office. She came in second to Petro Poroshenko in Ukraine’s recent presidential election:

“Because the money was being siphoned off by Timoshenko Ukraine at that time, as they have today, ran up a huge gas debt. You could characterize her as an unindicted co-conspirator.”

Journalist Jason Felch on Timoshenko’s relation to convicted white-collar criminal Lazrrenko:

“So, we know that the political interests of the United States government at the highest level probably didn’t want Yulia Timoshenko drawn into the Lazrrenko (case).”

At one point in the report Timoshenko is captured in a photo with State Department official Victoria Nuland, where each seem to express deep emotions from a years-long relationship. Victoria Nuland has become world-famous for her statement on an intercepted phone call shortly before the Ukraine coup, “F*#@ the EU.” Ironically, Timoshenko’s presidential campaign slogan was “Fighting the Oligarchs.”

Scott Rickard responded to the question – if the “US was still protecting Ukraine’s criminals”:

“Certainly. They’re protecting them and they’re bolstering them, they’re putting them in a position where they can basically control the financial outcome of Ukraine. In hiding the money in the Isle of Mann, hiding it in the Cayman Islands, and in Cyprus, and working with the western oligarchs to launder money.”

The report then goes into newly elected President Petro Poroshenko’s alleged criminal family history. It refers to reports on his father Aleksey’s involvement in prostitution, illegal arms, drugs, and his imprisonment in 1986 for organized, armed embezzlement. Also discussed is a report that Hillary Clinton met with Petro Poroshenko before the February 2014 coup to discuss Ukraine’s eventual joining with NATO.

Then the report delves into the actions of Ukraine billionaire Igor Kolomoysky, who after the coup was named as Governor of the Dnepropetrovsk Region, and is heard on an intercepted phone call threatening the life of Eastern Ukraine presidential candidate Tsarev in mafia-like fashion. Kolomoysky becomes described as a financial backer of extreme right-wing criminals who carried out the “Odessa Massacre” where over 100 pro-Russian/anti-Kiev activists lost their lives. Ukrainian official Oleg Noginsky: “It’s now proven Kolomoysky planned Odessa. He has gone crazy, seriously. There’s going to be a second Nazi Germany in Ukraine.”

Geopolitical analyst William Engdahl:

“I’ve already seen reports that the government has signed over the pipelines, the gas pipeline, distribution network. They signed that off to Chevron, but the German companies have grabbed metallurgical assets in Eastern Ukraine, and coal assets, extremely prized coal assets there. So, they’re already looting the crown jewels of Ukraine and the, I don’t know what you want to call it, the puppet regime in Kiev is doing their bidding. Now, you’ve got a chocolate king as president, that his opponent was the gas queen, Yulia Timoshenko, who looted billions from her country, her countrymen, and is closely associated with organized crime. So, you’ve got a bunch of gangsters essentially, and Nazi thugs, running Ukraine and that is hardly a stable thing for peace in Europe. Germany wants to go to war to defend a bunch of Nazis in Kiev because they got hot-headed and start creating incidents with Russia?”

“I don’t think so, but they better realize that’s the agenda that some people in Washington have, because they want that – not the American people, not the US – but this tiny power cabal that has so much power in Washington. They want not only a new cold war – they want a new hot war. That’s a pretty dangerous thing to be playing around with. This is an escalation toward a new dimension of horror for mankind.”

Yulia Timoshenko is heard in another intercepted phone call suggesting the “nuking” of Ukrainians living in Eastern and Southern Ukraine.

The report ends with warnings about ultranationalists belonging to the “Right Sektor” and “Svoboda” holding high positions in the Ukraine government. These cautions have to do with desires to make Ukraine a nuclear-armed state, published recommendation of “pre-emptive nuclear strikes”, possible use of biological weapons, and possible nuclear proliferation by selling of intercontinental missile-building plans and documentation.

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“Fascism As It Is” by Russian journalist Andrey Karaulov is a film that captures the violence carried out in the Eastern and Southern parts of Ukraine in recent months. Many readers are familiar with how truthful reporting of events during the Vietnam War on Americans’ nightly news shows hastened calls for an end to the war. Those reports showed real results of violence and killing during war, including interviews on torn minds and bodies, horrific video of bullet and bomb-destroyed  injured and dead bodies, and although soul-searing to witness, represented the highest achievement of journalism: conveying the literal truth.

Many readers are aware that, after the real reporting given to Americans that sped up an end to that war, from the end of the Vietnam War until today, there has been a conscious and intentional effort undertaken to prevent any similar reporting of later wars. No longer are Americans exposed to the real results of battlefield violence, to the point where even US flag-draped coffins arriving in airports are never seen on the nightly news programs.

This suppression of literal scenes of war violence has been the policy of the US military since Vietnam during the Afghanistan and Iraq Wars, and includes those wars which are “proxy” wars, directly or covertly financed with American tax dollars without American “boots on the ground.” And that is why no American will be seeing the following film on their televisions any time soon – unless a large enough demand manifests for addressing the events in the film. The US government, if one takes into account the $5 billion spent in Ukraine by the State Department in the last ten years and billions in military-related transfers, has been “investing” a very large amount of money.

US government aid is to some extent responsible for what takes place in the documentary. It is up to the viewer to decide whether the events and testimonies captured in the film are serious enough to call for full address by American media corporations and the United States government.

Some will conclude that this information, especially the heavy photo/video journalism content in “Fascism As It Is”,  rises to the level of serious enough, and some may not. Be that as it may, in the case of “Truthseeker” Episode #42 seen by millions of men and women around the world, and in the case of “Fascism As It Is” – which may or may not become viewed by millions – responsible media corporations and responsible governments must either disagree with and disprove publicly their allegations or, by their silence, send a message to the world that the films are conveying truth.

 If the films are conveying truth on events in Ukraine, it becomes painfully obvious that media corporations and governments must choose the morally superior path, end their silence, and address the truth. 

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WARNING: EXTREME IMAGES OF VIOLENCE

Time For Absolute Truth. For The World’s People.

Posted on June 28, 2014

by Jerry Alatalo

“Humanly speaking, let us define truth, while waiting for a better definition, as a statement of facts as they are.”

– VOLTAIRE (1694-1778) French philosopher

aaa-10Every Friday Thom Hartmann hosts “Brunch With Bernie” where Bernie Sanders talks about the current issues in Washington, D.C. then answers viewers’ phone calls. In this show from June 27, he addresses the problems at the Veterans Administration (VA), gas prices, climate change, Republicans’ mystery agenda, media disregard of issues important for average Americans, privatization, and the need for an American political revolution.

Typically in these weekly talks on Thom Hartmann’s show, the discussion focuses mainly on domestic American political issues, as opposed to foreign policy. Bernie notes that the problems widely publicized at the VA have their genesis in the increase of Afghanistan and Iraq veterans entering the system, and that there are not enough physicians, psychologists, nurses, etc. to deal with the rising numbers of soldier/patients.

In a previous post, the point became made that problems at the VA associated with long waiting periods for treatment would not have come about if the Iraq and Afghanistan wars were never fought. Those who are responsible, those who voted for those wars, have no right to point fingers of blame for problems at the VA. They must look in the mirror if they are looking for someone to pin the blame on.

Whether Bernie Sanders runs for president in 2016 or not, his is a voice that unfortunately is almost alone in Washington, D.C., and Americans would be well-advised to figure out why. Because, according to the first words in the Constitution, elected representatives serving in the U.S. Congress work for “We the People.”

Independent Senator Bernie Sanders of Vermont has received mention, and he has considered running, as a candidate for President of the United States in 2016. When one thinks about Hillary Clinton, the woman who most feel is the front-runner for the Democratic nomination, her response to the killing of Gaddafi of Libya: “we came, we saw, he died!”, and especially the unbelievably glee-filled emotion she said it with, it becomes difficult to figure out how she has become seen as a “front-runner” for what is correctly perceived by a wide majority of people as the most powerful position on Earth.

Libyans, under Gaddafi, enjoyed the highest standard of living on the African continent. His vision of a new monetary union of the African continent, out of the orbit of private central banking dynasties, sealed his fate. Libyans now live in a failed state where none of the positive economic circumstances they had before the 2011 destruction of the country, that high standard of living, have remained in place. Apparently those who’ve attended any of her book signings recently, or the running series of TV interviewers, don’t find the Libyan people’s transformation to hard, hard life important enough to bring up in the question and answer periods.

And what about Vice-President Joe Biden? He’s the fellow who, while he was still a senator, proposed that Iraq be divided into three smaller independent nations: one each for Shia, Sunni, and Kurds. With the tragic situation in Iraq, with the mercenary killers Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) causing massive destruction in that war-torn, oil-rich nation, the vice-president has escaped any questions about the army of jihadists financed by Saudi Arabia, Qatar, and other Middle East monarchies, aided by the United States, Turkey and Israel among others, and the real purpose for ISIL’s murderous actions: the overthrow of recently elected Nouri al-Maliki, and perhaps an implementation of Mr. Biden’s “three-state solution.”

Joe Biden has also escaped any major, hard-hitting investigative journalists’ questions about the February 2014 “Kiev Massacre” which was reported by mainstream German media, and widely on the alternative media, as a violent coup ousting Viktor Yanukovich. Nor has he agreed to an interview to discuss the controversy surrounding his son’s landing on the Board of Directors, and becoming head of the legal department, at Ukraine’s largest private energy corporation. The chemical attacks in Syria in August 2013, which almost resulted in the United States attack of that nation if it weren’t for worldwide reporting by internet/alternative media the attack was a “false-flag” event to provide a pretext for war, has never been straightened out by Mr. Biden.

It’s not enjoyable to discuss these kinds of facts about the leaders of one’s own country of residence. Far, far from it.

On the other side of America’s 2016 presidential “uniparty” race thinking, Jeb Bush is viewed by many as a possible Republican contender. He’s the brother of George W. Bush, the president who literally lied the American people into believing that Saddam Hussein pressed the button which destroyed the Twin Towers with “weapons of mass destruction” on September 11, 2001, that Hussein hung out with al-Qaeda terrorists at nightclubs for wild partying/”New Pearl Harbor” planning, and that Hussein was the mastermind behind the Twin Towers’ destruction.

Because of Jeb Bush’ brother’s Machiavellian lies, hundreds of thousands of Iraqis, and near 5,000 American soldiers died.

Jeb Bush is the son of George H. W. Bush, the man who while president expressed his “outrage” at Saddam Hussein’s soldiers’ “tearing babies out of incubators” in Kuwait, a completely bogus story that was concocted by a Washington public relations company to convince Americans to approve Iraq War I. This cooked up PR campaign featured a young Kuwaiti “nurse” testifying before Congress about the “babies torn out of their incubators” and “thrown on the cold floor to die.” She, along with other counterfeit “witnesses” who testified before the Congressional committee, was able to bring a realistic acting performance complete with tears, sniffles, and devastating sadness over what she “observed.” Her face was on the front page of every American newspaper, on the 6-o’clock news at every corporate media company, and she was the daughter of the Kuwaiti ambassador to the United States. A total lie.

So, of course, Americans see these people as presidential material, and would vote for one of them if the election were held today. Bernie Sanders sees this scenario. He has to run.

Would Bernie Sanders find perverse, sick enjoyment upon seeing a world leader killed? Would he be OK with his son’s placement in a major corporation intimately involved in natural-resource business in a country that was just transformed by the violent overthrow of a democratically elected, albeit corrupt, president? Would Bernie Sanders be OK if his brother lied the American people into what many consider the most tragic foreign policy blunder in the history of America?

Would Bernie Sanders approve of today’s billions trillions in the case of George W. Bush/Tony Blair/Dick Cheney’s Iraq War II – in taxpayer dollars going to foreign countries to create catastrophic war and inhumane harming of innocent men, women, and children, especially while Detroit residents are having their life-sustaining drinking water shut off? He has to run.

Until Bernie decides, there are world events occurring which need some very high levels of intellectual, spiritual, and reality-based effort to deal with. The world’s people must now join together in great numbers. Those efforts, to become effective and prevent violence in wide-scale, horrific, potentially unthinkable destructive acts of war, will require humanity’s full agreement to face truth in an unprecedented measure. In other words, on matters of war and peace on this Earth now in 2014, there is no – there can absolutely be no – place in the discussions for liars.

The human race is now face-to-face with a moment requiring truth, the whole truth, and nothing but the truth.

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(Thanks to thomhartmann @ YouTube)

World Peace: The Greatest Achievement In Human History.

Posted on June 26, 2014

by Jerry Alatalo

aaa-31“Man is equipped with these (three) souls out of all the world… By virtue of the animal soul he shares with the animals; his physical soul links him with the plants; his human soul is a bond between him and the angels.”

AVICENNA (980-1037) Persian philosopher

“Peace is only possible if men cease to place their happiness in the possession of things ‘which cannot be shared,’ and if they raise themselves to a point where they adopt an abstract principle superior to their egotisms. In other words, it can only be obtained by a betterment of human morality.”

JULIEN BENDA (1867-1956) French philosopher, psychologist

“They create a desolation and call it peace.”

CALGACUS (c. 85 A.D.) Caledonian tribal chief

“An unjust peace is better than a just war.”

MARCUS TULLIUS CICERO (106-43 B.C.) Roman poet, statesman

“War is an invention of the human mind. The human mind can invent peace.”

NORMAN COUSINS (1912-1990) American editor, writer

“Until you have become really, in actual fact, as brother to everyone, brotherhood will not come to pass.”

FYODOR DOSTOYEVSKI (1821-1881) Russian novelist

“Not one statesman in a position of responsibility has dared to pursue the only course that holds out any promise of peace, the courage of supra-national security, since for a statesman to follow such a course would be tantamount to political suicide.”

ALBERT EINSTEIN (1879-1955) Swiss-American scientist

“I cannot think of the present state of humanity as that in which it is destined to remain… Only in so far as I can regard this state as the means toward a better, as the transition-point into a higher and more perfect state, has it any value in my eyes.”

JOHANN GOTTLIEB FICHTE (1762-1814) German philosopher

“There was never a good war or a bad peace.”

BENJAMIN FRANKLIN (1706-1790) American diplomat, publisher

“No one is fool enough to choose war instead of peace. For in peace sons bury fathers, but war violates the order of nature, and fathers bury sons.”

HERODOTUS (485-425 B.C.) Greek historian

“Peace at any price.”

ALPHONSE DE LAMARTAINE (1790-1869) French writer

“Free enterprise and the market economy mean war; socialism and planned economy mean peace. We must plan our civilization or we must perish.”

HAROLD LASKI (1893-1950) British political scientist

“With malice toward none; with charity for all; with firmness in the right as God gives us to see the right, let us strive on to finish the work we are in, to bind up the nation’s wounds, to care for him who shall have borne the battle and for his widow and his orphan, to do all which may achieve and cherish a just and lasting peace among ourselves, and with all nations.”

ABRAHAM LINCOLN (1809-1865) 16th President of the United States

“Be ashamed to die until you have won some victory for humanity.”

HORACE MANN (1796-1859) American educator

“For what can War, but endless war still breed.”

JOHN MILTON (1608-1674) English poet

“One part shall be awarded to the person who shall have done the best work for fraternity among the nations, for the abolition or reduction of standing armies and the promotion of peace congresses.”

ALFRED NOBEL (1833-1896) Swedish munitions manufacturer, philanthropist

“Morality will conquer war, even as it has conquered human sacrifice, slavery, feuds, head-hunting and cannibalism.”

MAX NORDAU (1849-1923) German writer, physician

“War is peace.”

GEORGE ORWELL (1903-1950) British writer

“Five great enemies to peace inhabit within us: viz., avarice, ambition, envy, anger, and pride. If those enemies were to be banished, we should infallibly enjoy perpetual peace.”

PETRARCH (1304-1374) Italian poet

“Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it.”

GEORGE SANTAYANA (1863-1952) Spanish-born American philosopher

“To robbery, slaughter, plunder they give the lying name of empire; they make a desert and call it peace.”

CORNELIUS TACITUS (c. 55-117 A.D.) Roman historian

“The year is going, let him go; ring out the false, ring in the true. Ring out the feud of rich and poor, ring in redress to all mankind. Ring out the shapes of foul disease, ring out the narrowing lust of gold; ring out the thousand wars of old, ring in the thousand years of peace.”

TENNYSON (1809-1892) English poet laureate

“Since wars begin in the minds of men, it is in the minds of men that the defenses of peace must be constructed.”

UNITED NATIONS (Established 1945)

“The first peace, which is most important, is that which comes within the souls of men when they realize their relationship, their oneness with the universe and all its powers, and when they realize that at the center of the universe dwells the Great Spirit, and that this center is really everywhere, it is within each of us.”
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Chapter Eighteen of Bhagavad Gita. Infinite Spirit.

Arjuna: Krishna, I want to know the real essence of both renunciation and relinquishment.

Lord Krishna: Giving up actions based on desire, the poets know as “renunciation”; relinquishing all fruit of action, learned men call “relinquishment.”

Some wise men say all action is flawed and must be relinquished; others say action in sacrifice, charity, and penance must not be relinquished.

Arjuna, hear my decision about relinquishment; it is rightly declared to be of three kinds.

Actions in sacrifice, charity, and penance is to be performed, not relinquished—for wise men, they are acts of sanctity (holiness, saintliness, or godliness).

But even these actions should be done by relinquishing to me attachment and the fruit of action—this is my decisive idea.

Renunciation of prescribed action is inappropriate; relinquished in delusion, it becomes a way of dark inertia.

When one passionately relinquishes difficult action from fear of bodily harm, he cannot win the fruit of relinquishment.

But if one performs prescribed action because it must be done, relinquishing attachment and the fruit, his relinquishment is a lucid act.

He does not disdain unskilled action nor cling to skilled action; in his lucidity the relinquisher is wise and his doubts are cut away.

A man burdened by his body cannot completely relinquish actions, but a relinquisher is defined as one who can relinquish the fruits.

The fruit of action haunts men in death if they fail to relinquish all forms, unwanted, wanted, and mixed—but not if men renounce them.

Arjuna, learn from me the five causes for the success of all actions as explained in philosophical analysis.

They are the material basis, the agent, the different instruments, various kinds of behavior, and finally fate, the fifth.

Whatever action one initiates through body, speech, and mind, be it proper or perverse, these five causes are present.

This being so, when a man of poor understanding and misjudgment sees himself as the only agent, he cannot be said to see.

When one is free of individuality and his understanding is untainted, even if he kills these people, he does not kill and is not bound.

Knowledge, its object, and its subject are the triple stimulus of action; instrument, act, and agent are the constituents of action.

Knowledge, action, agent are threefold, differentiated by qualities of nature; hear how this has been explained in the philosophical analysis of qualities.

Know that through lucid knowledge one sees in all creatures a single, unchanging existence, undivided within its divisions.

(Oneness.)

Know passionate knowledge as that which regards various distinct existences separately in all creatures.

(Separation.)

But knowledge that clings to a single thing as if it were the whole, limited, lacking a sense of reality, is known for its dark inertia.

(Delusion, ignorance.)

Action known for its lucidity is necessary, free of attachment, performed without attraction or hatred by one who seeks no fruit.

Action called passionate is performed with great effort by an individualist who seeks to satisfy his desires.

Action defined by dark inertia is undertaken in delusion, without concern for consequences, for death or violence, or for manhood.

An agent called pure has no attachment or individualism, is resolute and energetic, unchanged in failure and success.

An agent said to be passionate is anxious to gain the fruit of action, greedy, essentially violent, impure, subject to excitement and grief.

An agent defined by dark inertia is undisciplined, vulgar, stubborn, fraudulent, dishonest, lazy, depressed, and slow to act.

Listen as I tell you without reserve about understanding and resolve, each in three aspects, according to the qualities of nature.

In one who knows activity and rest, acts of right and wrong, bravery and fear, bondage and freedom, understanding is lucid.

When one fails to discern sacred duty from chaos, right acts from wrong, understanding is passionate.

When it thinks in perverse ways, is covered in darkness, imagining chaos to be sacred duty, understanding is darkly inert.

When it sustains acts of mind, breath, and senses through discipline without wavering, resolve is lucid.

When it sustains with attachment duty, desire, and wealth, craving their fruits, resolve is passionate.

When a fool cannot escape dreaming, fear, grief, depression, and intoxication, courage is darkly inert.

Arjuna, now hear about joy, the three ways of finding delight through practice that brings an end to suffering.

The joy of lucidity at first seems like poison but is in the end like ambrosia, from the calm of self-understanding.

The joy that is passionate at first seems like ambrosia when senses encounter sense objects, but in the end it is like poison.

The joy arising from sleep, laziness, and negligence, self-deluding from beginning to end, is said to be darkly inert.

There is no being on earth or among the gods in heaven free from the triad of qualities that are born of nature.

The actions of priests, warriors, commoners, and servants are apportioned by qualities born of their intrinsic being.

Tranquility, control, penance, purity, patience, and honesty, knowledge, judgment, and piety are intrinsic to the action of a priest.

Heroism, fiery energy, resolve, skill, refusal to retreat in battle, charity, and majesty in conduct are intrinsic to the action of a warrior.

Farming, herding cattle, and commerce are intrinsic to the action of a commoner; action that is essentially service is intrinsic to the servant.

Each one achieves success by focusing on his own action; hear how one finds success by focusing on his own action.

By his own action a man finds success, worshipping the source of all creatures’ activity, the presence pervading all that is.

Better to do one’s duty imperfectly than to do another man’s well; doing action intrinsic to his being, a man avoids guilt.

Arjuna, a man should not relinquish action he is born to, even if it is flawed; all undertakings are marred by a flaw, as fire is obscured by smoke.

His understanding everywhere detached, the self mastered, longing gone, one finds through renunciation the supreme success beyond action.

Understand in summary from me how when he achieves success one attains the infinite spirit, the highest state of knowledge.

Armed with his purified understanding, subduing the self with resolve, relinquishing sensuous objects, avoiding attraction and hatred;

Observing solitude, barely eating, restraining speech, body, and mind; practicing discipline in meditation, cultivating dispassion;

Freeing himself from individuality, force, pride, desire, anger, acquisitiveness; unpossessive, tranquil, he is at one with the infinite spirit.

Being at one with the infinite spirit, serene in himself, he does not grieve or crave; impartial toward all creatures, he achieves supreme devotion to me.

Through devotion he discerns me, just who and how vast I really am; and knowing me in reality, he enters into my presence.

Always performing all actions, taking refuge in me, he attains through my grace the eternal place beyond change.

Through reason, renounce all works in me, focus on me; relying on the discipline of understanding, always keep me in your thought.

If I am in your thought, by my grace you will transcend all dangers; but if you are deafened by individuality, you will be lost.

Your resolve is futile (completely ineffective) if a sense of individuality makes you think, “I shall not fight”—nature will compel you to.

You are bound by your own action, intrinsic to your being, Arjuna; even against your will you must do what delusion now makes you refuse.

Arjuna, the lord resides in the heart of all creatures, making them reel magically, as if a machine moved them.

With your whole being, Arjuna, take refuge in him alone—from his grace you will attain the eternal place that is peace.

The knowledge I have taught is more arcane (known or understood by very few; mysterious; secret; obscure; esoteric) than any mystery—consider it completely, then act as you choose.

Listen to my profound words, the deepest mystery of all, for you are precious to me and I tell you for your good.

Keep your mind on me, be my devotee, sacrificing, bow to me—you will come to me, I promise, for you are dear to me.

Relinquishing all sacred duties to me, make me your only refuge; do not grieve, for I shall free you from all evils.

You must not speak of this to one who is without penance and devotion, or who does not wish to hear, or who finds fault in me.

When he shares this deepest mystery with others devoted to me, giving me his total devotion, a man will come to me without doubt.

No mortal can perform service for me that I value more, and no other man on earth will be more dear to me than he is.

I judge the man who studies our dialogue on sacred duty to offer me sacrifice through sacrifice in knowledge.

If he listens in faith, finding no fault, a man is free and will attain the cherished worlds of those who act in virtue.

Arjuna, have you listened with your full powers of reason? Has the delusion of ignorance now been destroyed?

Arjuna: Krishna, my delusion is destroyed, and by your grace I have regained memory; I stand here, my doubt dispelled, ready to act on your words.

Sanjaya: As I heard this wondrous dialogue between Krishna and Arjuna, the man of great soul, the hair bristled on my flesh.

By grace of the epic poet Vyasa, I heard the mystery of supreme discipline recounted by Krishna himself, the lord of discipline incarnate.

O King, when I keep remembering this wondrous and holy dialogue between Krishna and Arjuna, I rejoice again and again.

In my memory I recall again and again Krishna’s wondrous form—great is my amazement, King; I rejoice again and again.

Where Krishna is lord of discipline and Arjuna is the archer, there do fortune, victory, abundance, and morality exist, so I think.

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