Dhritraashtra said: O Sanjaya, assembled in the holy
field of Kurukshetra and eager to fight, what did my people and the Paandavas do? (1.01)
Sanjaya said: Lord Krishna spoke these words to Arjuna
whose eyes were tearful and downcast, and who was overwhelmed with compassion
and despair. (2.01)
The Supreme Lord said: 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. (2.11)
Just as Spirit acquires a childhood body, a youth body, and an old
age body during this life, similarly Spirit acquires another body after
death. The wise are not deluded by
Just as a person puts on new garments
after discarding the old ones, similarly Spirit acquires new bodies after
casting away the old bodies. (2.22)
Treating pleasure and pain, gain and
loss, and victory and defeat alike, engage yourself in your duty. By doing your duty this way you will not
incur sin. (2.38)
You have control over your respective
duty only, but no control or claim over the results. The fruits of work should not be your
motive. You should never be
A Karma-yogi becomes free from both vice
and virtue in this life itself.
Therefore, strive for Karma-yoga.
Working to the best of one's abilities without becoming attached to the fruits of work is called
The mind, when controlled by the roving
senses, steals away the intellect as a storm takes away a boat on the sea from
its destination, the spiritual shore.
All works are
being done by the energy and power of nature, but due to delusion of ego people
assume themselves to be the doer, and incur Karmic bondage. (3.27)
Knowing the Spirit to be superior to the
intellect, and controlling the mind by the intellect (that is purified by
Self-knowledge), one must kill this mighty enemy, lust, O Arjuna. (3.43)
Whenever there is a decline of Dharma and
the rise of Adharma, O Arjuna, then I appear (or
I appear from time to time for protecting the good, for transforming the
wicked, and for establishing Dharma, the world order. (4.07-08)
The four divisions ¾based on aptitude and vocation¾of
human society were created by Me. Though I am the author of this system, one
should know that I do nothing and I am eternal.
The one who sees
inaction in action, and action in inaction, is a wise person. Such a person is a yogi and has accomplished
Brahma is the oblation. Brahma is the clarified butter. The oblation is poured by Brahma into the
fire that is also Brahma. Brahma shall
be realized by the one who considers everything as (a manifestation or) an act
of Brahma. (4.24)
Verily, there is no purifier in this
world like Self-knowledge. One who becomes
purified by Karma-yoga discovers this knowledge within (naturally) in course of
But renunciation of selfish motives (Samnyaasa) is difficult to attain without Karma-yoga. A sage equipped with Karma-yoga quickly
attains nirvana. (5.06)
One who does all work as an offering to
the Lord ¾ abandoning attachment to the results ¾ is as untouched by sin (or Karmic reaction) as a lotus
leaf is untouched by water. (5.10)
who see Me in everything and see everything in Me, are
not separated from Me and I am not separated from them. (6.30)
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
After many births the wise ones resort
(or surrender) to Me by realizing that everything is,
indeed, My manifestation. Such a great soul is very rare. (7.19)
ignorant ones—unable to understand My immutable, incomparable,
incomprehensible, and transcendental form (or existence) — assume that I, the
Supreme Being, am formless and take
whatever object one leaves the body at the end of life, one attains that
object, O Arjuna, because of the constant thought of that object (one remembers
that object at the end of life and achieves it). (8.06)
always remember Me and do your duty. You shall certainly attain Me
if your mind and intellect are fixed on Me.
am easily attainable, O Arjuna, by that ever steadfast yogi who always thinks
of Me and whose mind does not go elsewhere. (8.14)
personally take care of the welfare of those ever steadfast devotees who
always remember or worship Me with single minded
offers Me a leaf, a flower, a fruit, or water with
love; I accept and eat the offering of devotion by the pure hearted. (9.26)
your mind on Me, be devoted to Me, worship Me, and bow
down to Me. Thus uniting yourself with Me, and setting Me as the supreme goal and sole refuge, you
shall certainly realize (or come to) Me.
am the origin of all. Everything
emanates from Me.
Understanding this, the wise ones worship Me
with love and devotion. (10.08)
one who does all works for Me, and who depends on Me,
who is my devotee, who has no attachment, and is free from enmity towards any
being attains Me, O Arjuna. (11.55)
your mind on Me, and let your intellect dwell upon Me
alone (through meditation and contemplation).
Thereafter you shall certainly attain Me. (12.08)
one who sees the same immutable Supreme Lord (or Spirit) dwelling equally
within all perishable beings truly sees.
one who offers service to Me with love and unswerving
devotion transcends three modes of material Nature, and becomes fit for
am seated in the hearts of all beings.
The memory, knowledge, and the removal of doubts and wrong notions
(about God by reasoning, or in a trance) come from Me. I am verily that which is to be known by (the study of) all the
Vedas. I am, indeed, the author of the
Vedanta and the knower of the Vedas.
anger, and greed are the three gates of hell leading to the downfall (or
bondage) of the individual soul. Therefore,
one must (learn to) give up these three.
Speech that is non-offensive, truthful,
pleasant, beneficial, and is used for the regular study of scriptures is called
the austerity of word. (17.15)
devotion one truly understands what and who I am in essence. Having known Me in
essence, one immediately merges into Me.
Supreme Lord abides in the heart of all beings, O Arjuna, causing all beings to
act (or work out their Karma) by His power of Maya as if they are (puppets of Karma)
mounted on a machine.
aside all noble deeds, just surrender completely to My will (with firm faith and loving
contemplation). I shall liberate you
from all sins (or the bonds of Karma).
Do not grieve. (18.66)
one who shall propagate (or help the propagation in any way) this Supreme
Secret philosophy of the Bhagavad-Gita amongst My devotees, shall be performing
the highest devotional service to Me, he or she shall
be very dear to Me, and shall certainly come to Me. (18.68)
said: Wherever there will be both Krishna, the Lord of yoga (in the form of the
scriptures), and Arjuna with the weapons of duty and protection, there will be
everlasting prosperity, victory, happiness, and morality. This is my
May the Lord bless us all with
Goodness, Prosperity, and Peace.
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