| Respectfully Quoted: A Dictionary of Quotations. 1989.|
|QUOTATION:||Never the spirit was born; the spirit shall cease to be never;|
Never was time it was not; End and Beginning are dreams!
Birthless and deathless and changeless remaineth the spirit for ever;
Death hath not touched it at all, dead though the house of it seems!
Who knoweth it exhaustless, self-sustained,
Immortal, indestructible,shall such
Say, I have killed a man, or caused to kill?
Nay, but as when one layeth
His worn-out robes away,
And, taking new ones, sayeth,
These will I wear to-day!
So putteth by the spirit
Lightly its garb of flesh,
And passeth to inherit
A residence afresh.
|ATTRIBUTION:||BHAGAVAD GITA.The Song Celestial or Bhagavad-Gita, trans. Sir Edwin Arnold, pp. 1011 (1934). This is chapter 2, sections 2022 in other editions.|