Bhagvad Gita - 1 (English)


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Wisdom of Bhagvad Gita.
Perennial Hindu Philosophy for guidance and better living

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Bhagvad Gita - 1 (English)

  1. 1. Krishna Gita<br />A Dialogue between Lord Krishna and Disciple Friend Arjuna.<br />Wisdom of Bhagvad Gita.<br />Perennial Hindu Philosophy for Guidance and Better Living.<br />Selected Verse Messages from Chapter 2 & 3<br />
  2. 2. Gita 2/11<br />While you speak words of wisdom like a Pandit, you are mourning for what is not worthy of grief. Those who are wise grieve neither for the living nor for the dead. <br />
  3. 3. Gita 2/13<br />Just as in this body, the embodied soul continuously passes, from boyhood to youth and to old age, the soul similarly passes into another body at death. A sober person is not bewildered by such a change. <br />
  4. 4. Gita 2/14<br />the impermanent appearance of pain and pleasure, and their disappearance in due course, is like the appearance and disappearance of winter and summer seasons. They arise from sense perception. Therefore one must learn to tolerate them without being disturbed. <br />
  5. 5. Gita 2/15<br />The person who is not disturbed by happiness and distress and is steady in both is certainly eligible for liberation.<br />
  6. 6. Gita 2/27<br />One who has taken birth is sure to die, and after death one is sure to take birth again. In that period of time between birth and death there are certain unavoidable duties which you must discharge not sadly and unwillingly but happily, mindfully and with vigour.<br />
  7. 7. Gita 2/47<br />Your right is to perform your duty, but you are not entitled to its fruits. Never consider yourself the cause of the results of your activities, and never be attached to not doing your duty. <br />
  8. 8. Gita 2/ 48<br />Maintain your equanimity towards success or failure. Such equanimity is called yoga. <br />
  9. 9. Gita 2/49<br />One should keep a far distant from abominable activities. Those who want to enjoy the fruits of their good work are also misers. <br />
  10. 10. Gita 2/55<br />When a man gives up all sensual desire which arise from mental concoction, and his mind finds satisfaction in the self alone, then he is said to be a man of steady intellect established in pure transcendental consciousness.<br />
  11. 11. Gita 2/57<br />He who is free from attachment, who does not rejoice when he obtains good, nor lament when he obtains evil, is firmly fixed in perfect knowledge.<br />
  12. 12. 2/59<br />The embodied soul may be restricted from sensuous enjoyment because of illness or weakness, but the longing for sense objects remains. But this longing can also cease by experiencing a higher taste of realizing the Supreme. <br />
  13. 13. 2/ 60<br />But the sensual desires are so strong and impetuous, that they forcibly carry away the mind even of a wise-man who is endeavoring to control them. But still he should strive to control them<br />
  14. 14. Gita 2/62<br />While contemplating the objects of the senses, a person develops attachment for them, and from such attachment lust develops, and from lust (when not fulfilled) anger arises. <br />
  15. 15. Gita 2/ 63<br />From anger, delusion arises, and from delusion bewilderment of memory. When memory is bewildered, intelligence is lost, and when intelligence is lost, one falls down again into the destruction pool and perishes.<br />
  16. 16. Gita 2/68<br />One whose senses are restrained from their objects is certainly of steady intelligence.<br />
  17. 17. Gita 2/70<br />A person who is not disturbed by the incessant flow of desires — that enter like rivers into the ocean. Ocean being filled with water but remains unmoved— can alone achieve peace, and not the man who strives to satisfy such desires.<br />
  18. 18. Gita 3/5<br />Verily, all men are forced to act helplessly according to the impulses born of the modes of material nature; therefore no one can refrain from doing something, not even for a moment<br />
  19. 19. Gita 3/6<br />He who, restrains his organs of action but dwells mentally in the sense objects is of deluded understanding and is a hypocrite. <br />
  20. 20. Gita 3/8<br />Perform your prescribed duty, for action is better than inaction. A man cannot even maintain his physical body without work. <br />
  21. 21. A self-realized man has no purpose to fulfill in the discharge of his prescribed duties, nor has he any reason not to perform such work. He depends on no one for the fulfillment of any selfish purpose.<br />Gita 3/18<br />
  22. 22. Gita 3/19<br />Therefore, without being attached to the fruits of activities, one should act as a matter of duty; for by working without attachment, man attains the Supreme. <br />
  23. 23. Gita 3/21<br />Whatever action is performed by a great man, common men follow in his footsteps. And whatever standards he sets by exemplary acts, all the world (people) follows.<br />
  24. 24. As the ignorant perform their duties with attachment to results, similarly the learned may also act, but without attachment, for the sake of leading people on the right path.<br />Gita 3/25<br />
  25. 25. Gita 3/27<br />The bewildered spirit soul, under the influence of the three modes of material nature, thinks himself to be the doer of activities, which are in actuality carried out by nature.<br />
  26. 26. Gita 3/34<br />Attraction and repulsion for sense objects are felt by embodied beings, but one should not fall under the control of senses and sense objects because they are stumbling blocks on the path of self-realization.<br />
  27. 27. Gita 3/36<br />by what is one impelled to sinful acts, even unwillingly, as if engaged by force?<br />
  28. 28. The Blessed Lord said: It is lust only, which is born of contact with the material modes of passion and later transformed intoanger , which is the all-devouring, sinful enemy of this world.<br />Gita 3/37<br />
  29. 29. Gita 3/38<br />As fire is covered by smoke, as a mirror is covered by dust, or as the embryo is covered by the womb, similarly, the living entity is covered by different degrees of this lust. <br />
  30. 30. Gita 3/39<br />Thus, a man's pure consciousness is covered by his eternal enemy in the form of lust, which is never satisfied and which burns like fire. <br />
  31. 31. Gita 3/40<br />The senses, the mind and the intelligence are the sitting places of this lust, which veils the real knowledge of the living entity and bewilders him. <br />
  32. 32. Therefore, O Arjuna, in the very beginning curb this great symbol of sin [lust] by regulating the senses, and kill this destroyer of knowledge and wisdom. <br />Gita 3/41<br />