Bhagavad Gita Quotes
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What is the Bhagavad Gita?
The Bhagavad Gita is a 700-verse, 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.
53 Bhagavad Gita Quotes and Sayings
Various quotes from the Bhagavad Gita, about spirituality, tranquillity, the mind, anger, meditation, and other topics.
1. "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."
2. "If the light of a thousand suns suddenly arose in the sky, that splendor might be compared to the radiance of the Supreme Spirit."
3. "Weapons cannot hurt the Spirit and fire can never burn him. Untouched is he by drenching waters, untouched is he by parching winds."
4. "One gradually attains tranquillity of mind by keeping the mind fully absorbed in the Self by means of a well-trained intellect, and thinking of nothing else."
5. "All actions take place in time by the interweavering of the forces of nature; but the man lost in selfish delusion thinks that he himself s the actor."
6. "He whose undertakings are free from anxious desire and fanciful thoughts, whose work is made pure in the fire of wisdom: he is called wise by those who see."
7. "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."
8. "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."
9. "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."
10. "When the man of vision sees that the powers of nature are the only actors of this vast drama, and he beholds that which is beyond the powers of nature, then he comes into my Being."
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11. "Quietness of mind, silence, self-harmony, loving-kindness, and a pure heart: this is the harmony of the mind."
12. "The mind acts like an enemy for those who do not control it."
13. "Man is made by his belief. As he believes, so he is."
14. "The mind is restless and difficult to restrain, but it is subdued by practice."
15. "Little by little, through patience and repeated effort, the mind will become stilled in the Self."
16. "A Karma-yogi performs action by body, mind, intellect, and senses, without attachment (or ego), only for self-purification."
17. "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."
18. "Finite bodies have an end, but that which possesses and uses the body is infinite, illimitable, eternal, indestructible."
19. "Perform all thy actions with mind concentrated on the Divine, renouncing attachment and looking upon success and failure with an equal eye. Spirituality implies equanimity."
20. "The peace of God is with them whose mind and soul are in harmony, who are free from desire and wrath, who know their own soul."
21. "What the outstanding person does, others will try to do. The standards such people create will be followed by the whole world."
22. "Strive to still your thoughts. Make your mind one-pointed in meditation."
23. "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."
24. "Causes and results, including emotional opposites, are things that come and go. This knowledge helps you endure them all."
25. "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."
26. "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."
27. "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."
28. "The soul who meditates on the Self is content to serve the Self and rests satisfied within the Self; there remains nothing more for him to accomplish."
29. "Fear not what is not real, never was and never will be. What is real, always was and cannot be destroyed."
30. "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."
31. "Not by refraining from action does man attain freedom from action. Not by mere renunciation does he attain supreme perfection."
32. "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."
33. "Whenever the mind unsteady and restless strays away from the spirit, let him ever and for ever lead it again to the spirit."
34. "No work stains a man who is pure, who is in harmony, who is master of his life, whose soul is one with the soul of all."
35. "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."
36. "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."
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37. "Governing sense, mind and intellect, intent on liberation, free from desire, fear and anger, the sage is forever free."
38. The person whose mind is always free from attachment, who has subdued the mind and senses, and who is free from desires, attains the supreme perfection of freedom from Karma through renunciation.
39. "He who is everywhere non attached, neither joyously excited by encountering good nor disturbed by evil, has an established wisdom."
40. "Perform those actions that are obligatory, for action is better than inactivity; even simple maintenance of the body would be impossible through inaction."
41. "When meditation is mastered, the mind is unwavering like the flame of a lamp in a windless place."
42. "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."
43. "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."
44. "Neither in this world nor elsewhere is there any happiness in store for him who always doubts."
45. "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."
46. "The self-governed Yogi, he whose mind is fully under control, thus engaging his soul in ceaseless meditative union with spirit, attains the peace of my being: the final Nirvana."
47. "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."
48. "When the yogi, like a tortoise withdrawing its limbs, can fully retire his senses from the objects of perception, his wisdom manifests steadiness."
49. "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."
50. "He from whom all beings originate, and by whom all this universe is pervaded; worshipping Him by performing one's natural duty for Him one attains perfection."
51. "Actions do not cling to me because I am not attached to their results. Those who understand this and practice it live in freedom."
52. "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."
53. "It is better to strive in one's own dharma than to succeed in the dharma of another. Nothing is ever lost in following one’s own dharma, but competition in another”s dharma breeds fear and insecurity."
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