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    श्रीभगवानुवाच । इमं विवस्वते योगं प्रोक्तवानहमव्ययम् । विवस्वान्मनवे प्राह मनुरिक्ष्वाकवेऽब्रवीत् ॥ ४-१ ॥

    Shri Bhagvan said: I imparted this imperishable yoga to Vivasvan; Vivasvan taught it to his son viavaswat Manu; Manu taught it to his son maharaja Ikshvaku.

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    एवं परम्पराप्राप्तमिमं राजर्षयो विदुः । स कालेनेह महता योगो नष्टः परन्तप ॥ ४-२ ॥

    Thus handed down in succession, the Rajrishi (king sages) knew this (Karma Yoga). But with long lapse of time, O Parantapa (destroyer of the foes), that Yoga was lost to the world.

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    स एवायं मया तेऽद्य योगः प्रोक्तः पुरातनः । भक्तोऽसि मे सखा चेति रहस्यं ह्येतदुत्तमम् ॥ ४-३ ॥

    It is the same ancient Yoga which is now taught to you by Me, as you are My devotee and My friend. For, this is a highest profound mystery.

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    अर्जुन उवाच । अपरं भवतो जन्म परं जन्म विवस्वतः । कथमेतद्विजानीयां त्वमादौ प्रोक्तवानिति ॥ ४-४ ॥

    Arjuna said: Later was your birth, and earlier the birth of Vivasvan(the Sun) in the beginning of evolution.. How then am I to understand that you taught it (yoga) in the beginning?

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    श्रीभगवानुवाच । बहूनि मे व्यतीतानि जन्मानि तव चार्जुन । तान्यहं वेद सर्वाणि न त्वं वेत्थ परन्तप ॥ ४-५ ॥

    Shri Bhagwan said: O Parantapa (scorcher of foes) Arjuna many births of Mine have passed, and so is it with you also. I know them all, but you do not know them.