Bhagavad-Gita Quotes on Wisdom & Knowledge (53 Quotes)


    Verily there is no purifier in this world like knowledge. One who becomes purified by Karma-yoga discovers this knowledge within (naturally) in course of time. (See also 4.31, and 5.06).


    Even if one is the most sinful of all sinners, yet one shall cross over the ocean of sin by the raft of knowledge alone.

    Thus the knowledge that is more secret than the secret has been explained to you by Me. After fully reflecting on this, do as you wish.

    As the blazing fire turns firewood to ashes, so does the fire of knowledge burn to ashes all reactions to material activities.


    The one who has faith, and is sincere, and has mastery over the senses, gains this knowledge. Having gained this, one at once attains the supreme peace.

    Steadfastness in knowledge of the Supreme Spirit, and the perception of the omnipresent God as the object of true knowledge is called knowledge what is contrary to this is ignorance.

    Undivided, yet appears as if divided in beings He, the object of knowledge, is the creator, sustainer, and destroyer of (all) beings.

    ... knowledge is hidden by selfish desire hidden by this unquenchable fire for self-satisfaction.

    An intelligent person does not take part in the sources of misery, which are due to contact with material senses. Such pleasures have a beginning and an end, and so the wise man does not delight in them.

    Learn from Me briefly, O Arjuna, how one who has attained such perfection realizes Brahman, the supreme state of knowledge.


    The true understanding of both the creator and the creation is considered by Me to be the transcendental or metaphysical knowledge.

    I am the origin of all. Everything emanates from Me. Understanding this, the wise ones worship Me with love and devotion.

    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.

    This being the case the ignorant person who considers oneself as the sole agent due to imperfect understanding does not understand.

    What is the need for this detailed knowledge, O Arjuna I continually support the entire universe by a small fraction of My energy.

    Some perceive God in the heart by the intellect through meditation others by the yoga of knowledge and others by the yoga of work (or Karma-yoga).

    Out of compassion for them I, who dwell within their heart, destroy the darkness born of ignorance by the shining lamp of knowledge.

    I shall fully describe the object of knowledge, knowing which one attains immortality.

    Those who are devoid of attachment, whose mind is fixed in knowledge, all deeds of such liberated persons dissolves away.

    Four types of virtuous ones worship or seek Me, O Arjuna. They are the distressed, the seeker of Self-knowledge, the seeker of wealth, and the wise one who knows the Supreme.

    But, those who carp at My teaching and do not practice it, consider them as ignorant of all knowledge, senseless, and lost.

    Even as a tortoise draws in its limbs, the wise can draw in their senses at will.

    Among them the wise one, who is ever united with Me and whose devotion is single minded, is the best. Because, I am very dear to the wise, and the wise is very dear to Me.

    You grieve for those who are not worthy of grief, and yet speak the words of wisdom. The wise grieve neither for the living nor for the dead.

    Discrimination, knowledge, non-delusion, forgiveness, truthfulness, control over the mind and senses, pleasure, pain, birth, death, fear, fearlessness .

    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.

    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.

    The joys that spring from external associations bring pain they have their beginnings and their endings. The wise man does not rejoice in them.


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