Bhagavad-Gita Quotes on Work & Career (19 Quotes)


    One attains the highest perfection by devotion to one's natural work. Listen to Me how one attains perfection while engaged in natural work.

    Success in work comes quickly in this human world.

    Having abandoned attachment to the fruits of work, ever content, and dependent on no one but God though engaged in activity, one does nothing at all.

    Karma does not bind one who has renounced work (by renouncing the fruits of work) through Karma-yoga whose doubt is completely destroyed by knowledge and who is Self-realized, O Arjuna.

    A Karma-yogi whose mind is pure, whose mind and senses are under control, and who sees one and the same Self in all beings, is not bound (by Karma) though engaged in work.


    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).

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

    One's inferior natural work is better than superior unnatural work. Death in carrying out one's natural work is useful. Unnatural work produces too much stress.

    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.

    Renunciation of the fruit of work is better than meditation.

    Do your duty, to the best of your abilities, for the Lord without any selfish motive, and remember God at all times - before starting a work, at the completion of a task, and while inactive.

    Work done with selfish motives is inferior by far to the selfless service or Karma-yoga. Therefore be a Karma-yogi, O Arjuna. Those who seek to enjoy the fruits of their work are verily unhappy because one has no control over the results.

    A person whose all works are free from selfish desires and motives, and whose all Karma is burned up in the fire of Self-knowledge, is called a sage by the wise.

    For those who wish to climb the mountain of spiritual awareness, the path is selfless work. For those who have attained the summit of union with the Lord, the path is stillness and peace.

    Death in carrying out one's natural work is useful.


    A person is said to have attained yogic perfection when there is no desire for sensual pleasures, or attachment to the fruits of work, and has renounced all personal selfish motives.

    What is work and what is not work are questions that perplex the wisest of men.

    Knowledge is better than mere ritualistic practice, meditation is better than mere knowledge, renunciation of the fruit of work is better than meditation, peace immediately follows the renunciation of (the attachment to) the fruit of work.


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