Universal Brotherhood – August 1899

PARALLEL PASSAGES — H. Percy Leonard

(Continued.)

In the June number of this magazine of last year, there appeared some quotations from the Bhagavad Gita with some rather close correspondences from the New Testament. Further study has revealed more parallels which I propose to share with my fellow readers. In all cases the New Testament quotations are taken from the Revised Version.

BHAGAVAD GITA.

Chap. I. — Standing there, Arjuna beheld all his kith and kin drawn up in battle array.

Chap. II. — In this path there is only one single object, and this of a steady constant nature.

Chap. III. — By what . . . is man propelled to commit offences . . . as if constrained by some secret force? It is lust which instigates him.

Chap. IV. — Some devotees give sacrifices to the Gods, while others lighting the subtler fire of the Supreme Spirit offer up themselves.

Chap. V. — The devotee who knows the divine truth thinketh, "I am doing nothing" in seeing, hearing, touching, smelling, eating.

Chap. VII. — Enveloped by my magic illusion I am not visible to the world.

Chap. X. — I am the beginning, the middle, and the end of all existing things.

Chap. XIII. — True wisdom ... is an exemption from self-identifying attachment for children, wife, and household.

Chap. XV. — Neither the sun nor the moon nor the fire enlighteneth that place; . . . it is my supreme abode.

Chap. XVIII. — There dwelleth in the heart of every creature, O Arjuna, the Master — Ishwara.

Chap XVIII. — Grieve not, for I shall deliver thee from all transgressions

NEW TESTAMENT

Matt., X., 36. — . . . and a man's foes shall be they of his own household.

Philip, III., 13. — . . . but one thing I do, forgetting the things which are behind, and stretching forward to the things which are before.

James. I., 14. — . . . but each man is tempted by his own lust, being drawn away by it and enticed.

Romans, XII., 1. — I beseech you therefore brethren, by the mercies of God to present your bodies a living sacrifice holy, acceptable to God.

Romans, VII., 17. — So now it is no more I that do it, but sin which dwelleth in me.

John. I., 18. — No man hath seen God at any time.

Revel., XXII., 13. — I am Alpha and Omega, the first and the last.

Luke, XIV., 26. — If any man cometh unto me and hateth not his own father and mother and wife and children. . . . he cannot be my disciple.

Revel., XXL, 23. — And the city hath no need of the sun, neither of the moon, to shine upon it; for the glory of God did lighten it.

I. Cor., VI.. 19. — Or know ye not that your body is a temple of the Holy Ghost which is in you, which ye have from God?

Matt. I., 21. — For it is He that shall save His people from their sins.


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