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Our collection of inspirational Bhagavad Gita quotes.

What Is the Bhagavad Gita?

The Bhagavad Gita, “The Song of God”, is a 700 verses, 18-chapter Indian text within the Mahabharata.

The Bhagavad Gita means “Song of the Lord”. This scripture contains a conversation between prince Arjuna and his guide Lord Krishna. In in this conversation, Krishna gives Arjuna spiritual and material advice.

Here, you will find various quotes from the Bhagavad Gita, about life, spirituality, tranquility, the mind, anger, meditation, and other topics.

The Bhagavad Gita Quotes about Karma, Life and Spirituality

“Beyond the power of sword and fire, beyond the power of waters and winds, the spirit is everlasting, omnipresent, never-changing, never-moving, ever free.”

“If the light of a thousand suns suddenly arose in the sky, that splendor might be compared to the radiance of the Supreme Spirit.”

“One gradually attains tranquility of mind by keeping the mind fully absorbed in the Self by means of a well-trained intellect, and thinking of nothing else.”

“Those who renounce attachment in all their deeds live content in the ‘city of nine gates’, the body, as its master. They are not driven to act, nor do they involve others in action.”

“One who has control over the mind is tranquil in heat and cold, in pleasure and pain, and in honor and dishonor; and is ever steadfast with the Supreme Self.”

“He who is in Yoga, the pure soul, master of his self, who has conquered the senses, whose self becomes the self of all existences, even though he does works, he is not involved in them.”

“The yogi works for the purification of the soul; he throws off selfish attachment, and thus it is only his body or his senses or his mind or his reason that works.”

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“You have the right to work, but for the work’s sake only. You have no right to the fruits of work. Desire for the fruits of work must never be your motive in working. Never give way to laziness, either.”

“You have the right to work, but never to the fruit of work. You should never engage in action for the sake of reward, nor should you long for inaction.”

“Little by little, through patience and repeated effort, the mind will become stilled in the Self.”

“A Karma-yogi performs action by body, mind, intellect, and senses, without attachment (or ego), only for self-purification.”

“Finite bodies have an end, but that which possesses and uses the body is infinite, illimitable, eternal, indestructible.”

“Your right is only to perform your duty. You do not have right to expect any consequences there of. You should neither be motivated by the fruits of your action, nor should they encourage you to be inactive.”

“Causes and results, including emotional opposites, are things that come and go. This knowledge helps you endure them all.”

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More Insightful Bhagavad Gita Quotes

“Fear not what is not real, never was and never will be. What is real, always was and cannot be destroyed.”

“A gift is pure when it is given from the heart to the right person at the right time and at the right place, and when we expect nothing in return.”

“Not by refraining from action does man attain freedom from action. Not by mere renunciation does he attain supreme perfection.”

“Action is greater than inaction. Perform therefore thy task in life. Even the life of the body could not be if there were no action.”

“When the sage climbs the heights of Yoga, he follows the path of work; but when he reaches the heights of Yoga, he is in the land of peace.”

“He who is everywhere non attached, neither joyously excited by encountering good nor disturbed by evil, has an established wisdom.”

“Perform work in this world, Arjuna, as a man established within himself – without selfish attachments, and alike in success and defeat. For yoga is perfect evenness of mind.”

“Free from anger and selfish desire, unified in mind, those who follow the path of yoga and realize the Self are established forever in that supreme state.”

“Neither in this world nor elsewhere is there any happiness in store for him who always doubts.”

“The meditating Yogi is deemed greater than body-disciplining ascetics, greater even than the followers of the path of wisdom or of the path of actions; be thou a Yogi.”

“When the yogi, like a tortoise withdrawing its limbs, can fully retire his senses from the objects of perception, his wisdom manifests steadiness.”

“All Karma, or effects of actions, completely melt away from the liberated being who, free from attachments, with his mind enveloped in wisdom, performs the true spiritual fire right.”

“No one who does good work will ever come to a bad end, either here or in the world to come.”

“Actions do not cling to me because I am not attached to their results. Those who understand this and practice it live in freedom.”

“There has never been a time when you and I have not existed, nor will there be a time when we will cease to exist. As the same person inhabits the body through childhood, youth, and old age, so too at the time of death he attains another body. The wise are not deluded by these changes.”

“When a man dwells on the pleasure of sense, attraction for them arises in him. From attraction arises desire, the lust of possession, and this leads to passion, to anger.”

Bhagavad Gita Quotes on the Mind

“Governing sense, mind and intellect, intent on liberation, free from desire, fear and anger, the sage is forever free.”

“The mind acts like an enemy for those who do not control it.”

“Whenever the mind unsteady and restless strays away from the spirit, let him ever and for ever lead it again to the spirit.”

“Delusion arises from anger. The mind is bewildered by delusion. Reasoning is destroyed when the mind is bewildered. One falls down when reasoning is destroyed.”

“The mind is restless and difficult to restrain, but it is subdued by practice.”

“Still your mind in me, still yourself in me, and without a doubt you shall be united with me, Lord of Love, dwelling in your heart.”

“Quietness of mind, silence, self-harmony, loving-kindness, and a pure heart: this is the harmony of the mind.”

Bhagavad Gita Quotes on Meditation

“Strive to still your thoughts. Make your mind one-pointed in meditation. The mind is restless and difficult to restrain, but it is subdued by practice.”

“Better indeed is knowledge than mechanical practice. Better than knowledge is meditation. But better still is surrender of attachment to results, because there follows immediate peace.”

“When meditation is mastered, the mind is unwavering like the flame of a lamp in a windless place.”

“Those who eat too much or eat too little, who sleep too much or sleep too little, will not succeed in meditation. But those who are temperate in eating and sleeping, work and recreation, will come to the end of sorrow through meditation.”

“Strive to still your thoughts. Make your mind one-pointed in meditation.”

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