Bhagavad Gita quotes
Perform all actions forsaking attachment to the fruits of actions, being indifferent to success and failure. Such mental equanimity is called Yoga
He who is undisturbed by anxiety under afflictions, nor attached to happiness under favorable circumstances; he who is free from worldly loves, fears & anger- is called a sage of steady wisdom
As a boat on the waters is carried off course by a gale, so an individual's discrimination is driven from its intended path when the mind succumbs to the wandering senses.
He who is everywhere nonattached, neither joyously excited by encountering good nor disturbed by evil, has an established wisdom
That person realizes peace who, relinquishing all desires, exists without craving and is unidentified with the mortal ego and its sense of "mine-ness."
The best type of yogi is he who feels for others, whether in grief or pleasure, even as he feels for himself.
He who withdraws his senses from the objects of perception, just as a tortoise withdraws its limbs into its shell, is established in steady wisdom
As the ignorant perform actions with attachment and hope of reward, so the wise should act with dispassionate nonattachment, to serve gladly as a guide for the multitudes.
He who is not affected by pain and pleasure, he who is calm and evenminded during pain and pleasure, he alone is eligible for immortality
That which is born must die, and that which is dead must be born again. Therefore, you shouldn't lament about the unavoidable
The beginning of all beings is veiled, beings manifest in the middle, and unmanifest again on death. Then, why lament this truth?
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He is a wise man whose pursuits are all without selfish plan or longings for results, and whose activities are purified by the fire of wisdom.
Self-realized sages behold with an equal eye a learned and humble Brahmin, a cow, an elephant, a dog, and a dog-eater.
You have control over the activity you perform, never the resultant fruit of your actions. Do not consider yourself the creator of the fruits of your activities, nor be attached to inaction
Even if you are the chief sinner among all sinners, yet by the sole raft of wisdom you shall safely cross the sea of sin
As enkindled flame converts firewood into ashes, so does the fire of wisdom consume to ashes all karma.
Verily, nothing else in this world is as sanctifying as wisdom. In due course of time, the devotee who is successful in yoga will spontaneously realize this within his Self.
To the knower of Brahman (spirit), all the Vedas (scriptures) are of no utility than is a reservoir when there is a flood from all directions
The senses naturally experience attachment and aversion to the sense objects but do not be controlled by them, for they are one's enemies
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The man of self-control, roaming among material objects with subjugated senses, and devoid of attraction and repulsion, attains an unshakable inner calmness
He is full with contentment who absorbs all desires within, as the brimful ocean remains unmoved by waters entering into it
Actionlessness is not attained simply by avoiding actions. By forsaking work no one reaches perfection.
He is truly a yogi who, on this earth and up to the very time of death, is able to master every impulse of desire and wrath. He is a happy man
For those who have conquered the mind, the mind is their friend. For those who have failed to do so, the mind acts like an enemy.
He is a supreme yogi who regards with equal-mindedness all men -patrons, friends, enemies, strangers, mediators, hateful beings, relatives, the virtuous and the ungodly
Just as a lamp in a windless place does not flicker, so the disciplined mind of a yogi remains steady in meditation
The ideas of heat & cold, pleasure & pain, are produced by the contact of the senses with their objects. Such ideas are limited by a beginning & an end, they are transitory, bear them with patience
The soul is neither born nor does it ever die, having never existed will it ever cease to be. The soul is birthless, eternal, changeless, immortal
When a man completely relinquishes all desires of the mind and is entirely contented in the self, by the self, he is then considered to be settled in wisdom
Brooding on sense objects causes attachment to them. Attachment creates craving; craving leads to anger
To the unmeditative, there is no tranquility. To the peaceless, how comes happiness?
One who has restrained the senses from their objects is firmly established in wisdom.
There is no one who can remain without action even for a moment. Indeed, all beings are compelled to act by their qualities(Gunas) born of material nature(Prakriti)
Giving up attachment, perform actions as a matter of duty, for by working without being attached to the fruits, one attains the supreme bliss
It is far better to perform one's natural prescribed duty, though tinged with faults than to perform another's prescribed duty, though perfectly.
Just as a fire is covered by smoke, a mirror is masked by dust, and an embryo is concealed by the womb; similarly, one's knowledge gets covered by desire
Free from expectations and the sense of ownership, with mind and intellect fully controlled, they incur no sin, even though performing actions by one's body.
He who is of purified intellect, who controls the mind and senses, feels his self as the Self-existing in all beings.
Sense pleasures that arise from contact with the sense objects are ephemeral, they are begetters only of misery. No sage seeks happiness from them.
Renunciants who are desireless and wrathless, mind-controlled, and Self-realized, are completely free both in this world and in the beyond.
The yogis who have conquered the mind rise above the dualities of cold and heat, joy and sorrow, honor and dishonor. Such yogis remain tranquil and ever fully established in the Supreme Self
Those who are moderate in eating and recreation, balanced in work, and regulated in sleep, and remain awake will attain 'yoga'- the destroyer of suffering.
Completely renouncing all desires arising from material thoughts, one should restrain the senses with the mind from all sides
Whenever and wherever the restless and unsteady mind wanders, one should bring it back and continually focus it on the self
That yogi stays forever in Me, who, anchored in divine unity whatever his mode of existence, realizes Me as pervading all beings.
Undoubtedly the mind is fickle and unruly; but by yoga practice and by dispassion, the mind may nevertheless be controlled.
A performer of good actions never meets destruction. Whether in this world or in the beyond, he falls not into evil plight
An eager student of even theoretical yoga is farther advanced than is a follower of the outward scriptural rites
Whatever embodiment (a God-incarnate, a saint, or a deity) a devotee strives faithfully to worship, it is I who make his devotion unflinching
I am the Self in the heart of all creatures: I am their Origin, Existence, and Finality.
Those who neither rejoice in pleasures nor despair in sorrows, neither lament for any loss nor hanker for any gain, who renounce both good & evil deeds, such persons are dear to me
When a man beholds all separate beings as existent in the One that has expanded Itself into the many, he then merges with Brahman
I am seated in the hearts of all living beings, and from Me come memory, knowledge, as well as forgetfulness.
Lust, anger, and greed—these constitute the threefold gate of hell leading to the destruction of the soul's welfare. The man should abandon these three
It is truly impossible for an embodied being to abandon actions completely, but he who relinquishes the fruit of action is called a renunciant.
Those whose intellect is unattached everywhere, who have mastered the mind, and are free from desires by the practice of renunciation, attain the highest perfection of freedom from action
The truly wise mourn neither for those who are living nor for those who have passed away
Just as a person forsakes worn-out clothes and wears new clothes, the soul leaves the worn-out body at the time of death and enters a new body
That which is a night (of slumber) to all creatures is (luminous) wakefulness to the man of self-mastery. And what is wakefulness to ordinary men, that is a night to the divinely perceptive sage
Perform those actions that are obligatory, for action is better than inactivity; even simple maintenance of thy body would be impossible through inaction.
Work must be done as a sacrifice to the Supreme Lord; otherwise, work causes bondage in this material world.
Whatever a great person does, common people imitate. His actions set a standard for the people of the world.
All activities are carried out by the three modes of material nature. But in ignorance, the soul, deluded by false identification with the body, thinks itself to be the doer.
Even wise people act according to their natures, for all living beings are propelled by their natural tendencies. What will one gain by repression?
It is preferable to die in the discharge of one's duty than to follow the path of another, which is fraught with danger.
In whatever way people surrender unto me, I reciprocate with them accordingly. Everyone follows my path, knowingly or unknowingly
Those who see action in inaction and inaction in action are truly wise amongst humans. Although performing all kinds of actions, they are yogis and masters of all their actions.
Relinquishing attachment to the fruits of work, always contented, independent of material rewards, the wise do not perform any binding action even in the midst of activities
Salvation is found by both renunciation and performance of the action. But of these two, the Yoga of action (Karma Yoga) is better than the renunciation of works.
Just as a lotus leaf is unsullied by water, the yogi who performs actions, forswearing attachment and surrendering his actions to the Infinite, remains unbound by the sin
He who perceives Me everywhere and beholds everything in me never loses sight of me, nor do I ever lose sight of him
Among thousands of men, perhaps one strives for spiritual attainment; and, among the blessed true seekers that assiduously try to reach Me, perhaps one perceives Me as I am.
There is nothing higher than Me, or beyond Me. All things are strung to Me like a row of gems on a thread.
I am impartial toward all beings. To Me none is hateful, none is dear. But those who give Me their heart's love are in Me, as I am in them
Those devotees are very dear to Me who are free from malice toward all living beings, who are friendly, and compassionate.
He who is tranquil before friend and foe alike, and in encountering adoration and insult, and during the experiences of warmth and chill and of pleasure and suffering... that person is dear to Me
Free yourself from the triple qualities (Sattva, Rajas, Tamas) and from the pairs of opposites, eternally fixed in the truth, harboring no thoughts of receiving and keeping, be settled in the self
The strong and turbulent senses can forcibly seize the mind even of a person with a high degree of enlightenment and self-control.
The senses are superior to the gross body, and superior to the senses is the mind. Beyond the mind is the intellect, and even beyond the intellect is the soul.
Content with whatever gain comes of its own accord, and free from envy, the wise are beyond the dualities of life. Being equipoised in success and failure, they are not bound by their actions
Weapons cannot shred the soul, nor can fire burn it. Water cannot wet it, nor can the wind dry it.
The soul is uncuttable, it cannot be burnt, dampened, or dried. The soul is immutable, all-pervading, eternal
Whenever there is a decline in righteousness and an increase in unrighteousness, at that time I manifest myself on earth.