A Song of Fortune

- A modern Gîtâ -

Written by Godcollect

Translated by

The Word, the classical story of God, is the weapon of the wise one may say, and thus sages are gifted with the power of wisdom to convert armed conflicts into political struggles with words. These words as we practice them in modern democracy are then inevitably associated with the different perspectives and  interpretations of the scriptural lead of our cultures. This lead stresses the quantitative dimension of individual and colective responsibilities as well as the qualitative dimension of  ideal and concrete interests. It is a complexity leading to opposing opinions of people not familiar with the original personal and analytical integrity of this knowledge. When the Word representing this integrity fails in negotiating our differences, progress arrests and crisises and wars are at hand in which those who shied away  from the complexity and the persons associated with this wisdom find their demise. In this book the victory of the Word is presented as the essence of the classical song of God about the science of yoga: the Bhagavad Gîtâ. From this story we learn that we by the consciousness of yoga are able to overcome all hindrances. The knowledge of self-realization - or gnosis in case of Christianity - as presented in this book, connects with this new translation not only christians with hindoes, but also all other principled people who believe in an ideal spirit and a righteous practice. With this true mystery of connectedness through the victory of the spoken word of God the knowledge of finding liberation in the self, the love for the gnosis, the love to be knowledgeable and connected in spiritual matters, in this modern version of this classical masterpiece was called filognosy. It is simply so that we without this filognosy are not really human, since we essentially are homo sapiens, or man by dint of our love for the knowledge of our - also historical - self-realization. Even though this book in its present form contains not a single word that is not found in the dictionary of English - except for the mantra AUM and the footnotes explaining according to the source - it is a translation faithful to the original text,  purport and yoga practice. Sanskrit names were converted into western equivalents and the scene of the original battlefield was transposed to a modern one of a political campaign. Further essential content adaptations in service of our modern understanding are discussed in the footnotes. The final result is a Song of Fortune accessible to any modern man contending with the burden of modern politiced, confusing opinions, psychological conflict and postmodern cynicism, scepticism and estrangement. As a complement to the knowledge of the science of uniting one's consciousness that is yoga, to this book by the translator was added an appendix  containing an accessible translation of the Yoga-sûtras of Patañjali.

The name Godcollect, stands for Krishna Dvaipâyana Vyâsadeva who is also called Bâdarâyana. He was the son of sage Parâs'ara and Satyavatî, and is a half-brother of Vicitravîrya and grandfather Bhîshma in the Kuru dynasty, the last great dynasty of the ancient Vedic civilization that fell down about 5000 years ago. He is the author of the greatest epic in the world, the Mahâbhârata of which the Gîtâ is a part. He collected the stories of the old Vedic culture, the so-called Purânas, and wrote the Brahmasûtra. He is regarded the most important writer of the classics of India.

Foundationbliss is the filognostic name for Anand Aadhar Prabhu, a clinical psychologist born in the Netherlands in 1954 as René P.B.A. Meijer. Having turned to the philosophy of yoga he received his spiritual name after he found his independence in 1984. He studied with different spiritual teachers and translated, following in the footsteps of his predecessor in the Netherlands, S'rî Hayes'var das, the most important book of indian spiritual stories, the Krishna Bible called the Bhâgavata Purâna. Filognosy, love for the knowledge of self-realization, is in fact the term for the close reading he has developed with this book of wisdom.

There is also a
classical version,
which is the same as this one, but with the Sanskrit names and the original setting restored.





Chapter 1

Despair about the debate

Chapter 2a

Getting the mind together

Chapter 2b

A grip on the matter

Chapter 3

To act - a master of intelligence

Chapter 4

To unite one's consciousness in sacrifice and filognosy

Chapter 5

To unite in labor and detachment

Chapter 6

Being there and having been there before

Chapter 7

To know oneself and make it, unified in filognosy

Chapter 8

To find salvation in being united in the eternal spirit

Chapter 9

To unite in confidential knowledge

Chapter 10

To be one in respect of the opulence

Chapter 11

Facing the complete of His reality

Chapter 12

Focussing on the perfect

Chapter 13

The knower, the known and the knowledge of filognosy

Chapter 14

The three basic qualities of nature

Chapter 15

The nature of the supreme person

Chapter 16

About the enlightened and the unenlightened

Chapter 17

The three qualities relating to one's austerity, sacrifice and food intake 

Chapter 18a

Renunciation according to the qualities and the causes of karma 

Chapter 18b

Individual duties and the one way of liberation


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English edition edited by Ruth Griepink

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