Bhagavad-Gita Quotes on Self (25 Quotes)


    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.

    Let the yogi seated in solitude and alone having mind and senses under control and free from desires and attachments for possessions, try constantly to contemplate on the Supreme Self.

    A person is said to have achieved yoga, the union with the Self, when the perfectly disciplined mind gets freedom from all desires, and becomes absorbed in the Self alone.

    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.

    Those who strive for freedom from (the cycles of birth) old age and death by taking refuge in Me know Brahman, the individual self, and Karma in its entirety.


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

    My illusion is dispelled by Your profound words, that You spoke out of compassion towards me, about the supreme secret of the Self.

    They, whose mind and intellect are absorbed in the Self, who remain firmly attached with the Self, who have Self as their supreme goal, whose sins have been destroyed by the knowledge, do not take birth again.

    A yogi is called Self-realized who is satisfied with knowledge and understanding of the Self.

    Wherever the mind wanders, restless and diffuse in its search for satisfaction without, lead it within train it to rest in the Self.

    Some realize the Self within them through the practice of meditation, some by the path of wisdom, and others by selfless service. Others may not know these paths but hearing and following the instructions of an illumined teacher, they too go beyond death.

    All these (seekers) are indeed noble, but I regard the wise as My very Self, because the one who is steadfast becomes one with the Supreme Being.

    In this world there are two orders of being the perishable, separate creature and the changeless spirit. But beyond these there is another, the supreme Self, the eternal Lord, who enters into the entire cosmos and supports it from within. I am that supreme Self, praised by the scriptures as beyond the changing and the changeless. Those who see in me that supreme Self see truly. They have found the source of all wisdom, ... and they worship me with all their heart.

    He who experiences the unity of life sees his own self in all beings, and all beings in his own self, and looks on everything with an impartial eye.

    Among the knowledge I am knowledge of the supreme Self. I am logic of the logician.

    As person abandons worn-out clothes and acquires new ones, so when the body is worn out a new one is acquired by the Self, who lives within.

    A person whose mind is unattached to sensual pleasures, who discovers the joy of the Self, and whose mind is in union with Brahman through meditation, enjoys eternal bliss.

    The gates of hell are three lust, wrath and avarice. They destroy the self. Avoid them.

    By always keeping the mind fixed on the Self, the yogi whose mind is subdued attains peace of the Supreme nirvana by uniting with Me.

    The one who rejoices in the Self only, who is satisfied with the Self, who is content in the Self alone, for such a Self-realized person there is no duty.

    He who considers this Self as a slayer or he who thinks that this Self is slain, neither of these knows the Truth. For it does not slay, nor is it slain.

    When the mind disciplined by the practice of meditation becomes steady, one becomes content in the Self by beholding Him with purified intellect.

    Make your mind one-pointed in meditation, and your heart will be purified.... With all fears dissolved in the peace of the Self and all desires dedicated to Brahman, controlling the mind and fixing it on me (God), sit in meditation with me as your only goal. With senses and mind constantly controlled through meditation, united with the Self within, an aspirant attains nirvana, the state of abiding joy and peace in me.

    A man's own self is his friend. A man's own self is his foe.

    One who finds happiness with the Self, who rejoices the Self within, and who is illuminated by the Self-knowledge such a yogi attains supreme nirvana.


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