Bg 17.14-17

Speaker: Maharani Devi

December 26, 2012

Bg 17.14 — Austerity of the body consists in worship of the Supreme Lord, the brāhmaṇas, the spiritual master, and superiors like the father and mother, and in cleanliness, simplicity, celibacy and nonviolence.

Bg 17.15 — Austerity of speech consists in speaking words that are truthful, pleasing, beneficial, and not agitating to others, and also in regularly reciting Vedic literature.

Bg 17.16 — And satisfaction, simplicity, gravity, self-control and purification of one’s existence are the austerities of the mind.
Bg 17.17 — This threefold austerity, performed with transcendental faith by men not expecting material benefits but engaged only for the sake of the Supreme, is called austerity in goodness.

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