Bhagavad-Gita Quotes (355 Quotes)

    Even those devotees who worship demigods with faith, they too worship Me, but in an improper way.

    I am the letter A'' among the alphabets, among the compound words I am the dual compound, I am the endless time, I am the sustainer of all, and have faces on all sides (or I am omniscient).

    Living creatures are nourished by food, and food is nourished by rain rain itself is the water of life, which comes from selfless worship and service.

    These acts of creation do not bind Me, O Arjuna, because I remain indifferent and unattached to those acts.

    On this path effort never goes to waste, and there is no failure. Even a little effort toward spiritual awareness will protect you from the greatest fear.

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

    When one perceives diverse variety of beings resting in One and spreading out from That alone, then one attains Brahman.

    I am the power of rulers, the statesmanship of the seekers of victory.

    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).

    Therefore, focus your mind on Me alone and let your intellect dwell upon Me through meditation and contemplation. Thereafter you shall certainly come to Me.

    Because, death is certain for the one who is born, and birth is certain for the one who dies. Therefore, you should not lament over the inevitable.

    I am death, the mighty destroyer of the world, out to destroy.

    Acquire this transcendental knowledge by humble reverence, by sincere inquiry, and by service.

    He is not elevated by good fortune or depressed by bad. His mind is established in God, and he is free from delusion.

    Entering the earth I support all beings with My energy becoming the sap-giving moon I nourish all the plants.

    What you do not wish to do out of delusion you shall do even that against your will, bound by your own nature-born Karma, O Arjuna.

    Know that all creatures have evolved from this twofold energy, and Brahman is the origin as well as the dissolution of the entire universe.

    Make every act an offering to me (God) regard me as your only protector. Relying on interior discipline, meditate on me always. Remembering me, you shall overcome all difficulties through my grace. But if you will not heed me in your self-will, nothing will avail you.

    Arguna Of those steadfast devotees who love you and those who seek you as the eternal formless Reality, who are the more established in yoga Krishna Those who set their hearts on me and worship me with unfailing devotion and faith are more established in yoga. As for those who seek the transcendental Reality, without name, without form, contemplating the Unmanifested, beyond the reach of thought and of feeling, with their senses subdued and mind serene and striving for the good of all beings, they too will verily come unto me. Yet hazardous and slow is the path to the Unrevealed, difficult for physical man to tread. But they for whom I am the supreme goal, who do all work renouncing self for me and meditate on me with single-hearted devotion, these I will swiftly rescue from the fragment's cycle of birth and death, for their consciousness has entered into me.

    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.

    Know Me to be the eternal seed of all creatures. I am the intelligence of the intelligent, and the brilliance of the brilliant.

    Success in work comes quickly in this human world.

    It is better to do thine own duty, however lacking in merit, than to do that of another, even though efficiently. It is better to die doing one's own duty, for to do the duty of another is fraught with danger.

    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.

    Because the calm person, who is not afflicted by these feelings and is steady in pain and pleasure, becomes fit for immortality, O Arjuna.

    With their minds absorbed in Me, with their lives surrendered unto Me, always enlightening each other by talking about Me they remain ever content and delighted.

    This (knowledge) should never be spoken by you to one who is devoid of austerity, who is without devotion, who does not desire to listen, or who speaks ill of Me.

    Then Arjuna, filled with wonder and his hairs standing on end, bowed his head to the Lord and prayed with folded hands.

    I am the strength, that is devoid of lust and attachment, of the strong.

    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.

    Meditation is not for him who eats too much, nor for him who eats not at all not for him who is over much addicted to sleep, nor for him who is always awake.

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

    Seeing Your great effulgent and various-colored form touching the sky Your mouth wide open and large shining eyes I am frightened and find neither peace nor courage, O Krishna.

    No one is even equal to You in the three worlds how can there be one greater than You O Being of Incomparable Glory.

    And yet beings, in reality, do not remain in Me. Look at the power of My divine mystery. Though the sustainer and creator of all beings, I do not remain in them. (In reality, the chain does not depend on gold the chain is nothing but gold. Also, matter and energy are different as well as non-different).

    The self-controlled soul, who moves amongst sense objects, free from either attachment or repulsion, he wins eternal Peace.

    Because, whatever noble persons do, others follow. Whatever standard they set up, the world follows.

    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.

    The Supreme Lord said There is no destruction, O Arjuna, for such a yogi either here or hereafter. A transcendentalist is never put to grief (or bad state), My dear friend.

    Arjuna said O Krishna, You have said that yoga of meditation is characterized by the equanimity (of mind), but, due to restlessness of mind I do not perceive the steady state of mind.

    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.

    Offer unto me that which is very dear to thee -- which thou holdest most covetable. Infinite are the results of such an offering.

    The resolute determination of Self-realization is not formed in the minds of those who are attached to pleasure and power and whose discernment is obscured by such ritualistic activities.

    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.

    But they for whom I am the supreme goal, who do all work renouncing self for me and meditate on me with single-hearted devotion, these I will swiftly rescue from death's vast sea, for their consciousness has entered into me.

    People do not know My true transcendental nature. Therefore, they fall.

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

    The bright and dark paths out of the world have always existed. Whoso takes the former, returns not he who chooses the latter, returns.

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