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Bhagvad Gita - 2 (English)


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Bhagvad Gita - 2 (English)

  1. 1. Krishna Gita<br />A Dialogue between Lord Krishna and Disciple Friend Arjuna.<br /><ul><li> India’s Spiritual Wisdom.
  2. 2. Wisdom of Bhagvad Gita.
  3. 3. Perennial Hindu Philosophy for guidance and Better living.
  4. 4. Selected Messages from Chapter 4, 5, & 6 in English.</li></ul>Gita 4/17<br />1<br />
  5. 5. The intricacies of action are very mysterious and hard to understand. Therefore one should know properly what action is, what forbidden action is, and what inaction is.<br /> In original text three different words has been used for action. <br />(a) Karma - Action (b) Akarma – Inaction and (c) Vikarma – Negative action<br />Actions are deeds where the idea of ‘I’ ‘me’ and ‘mine’ doing it is present and the desire for the fruits is strong.<br />Same actions become inactions when the doer is not present in the act but doing the deeds just out of sheer joy of doing them, without desiring the fruits of actions. <br />Vikarma - negative actions, forbidden actions or abominable actions, are self-explanatory.<br />Gita 4/17<br />2<br />
  6. 6. One, who sees inaction in action, and action in inaction, is intelligent among men, and he is in the transcendental state, a real karma Yogi engaged in all sorts of activities. Practicing and following the rules of right livelihood. <br />Gita 4/18<br />3<br />
  7. 7. Having abandoned attachment to the fruits of action, and free from expectations one does nothing at all – even though engaged in all activities – He is inaction in action. (See slide 2)<br />Gita 4/20<br />4<br />
  8. 8. As the blazing fire turns firewood to ashes, so does the fire of knowledge burn to ashes all reactions to material activities which result in worldly miseries. <br />Gita 4/ 37<br />5<br />
  9. 9. One who is contented with gain which comes of its own accord. Who is free from duality and does not envy, who is steady both in success and failure, is never entangled, possesses equanimity while performing actions. <br />Gita 4/22<br />6<br />
  10. 10. Even if you are considered to be the most sinful of all sinners, yet when you are embarked on the boat of transcendental knowledge, you will be able to cross over the ocean of miseries. <br />Gita 4/ 36, 37<br />7<br />
  11. 11. In this world, there is nothing as sublime and pure as transcendental knowledge. Such knowledge is the mature fruit of all mysticism. And one who has achieved this knowledge enjoys the self with himself in due course of time. <br />Gita 4/38 <br />8<br />
  12. 12. A man of deep faith who is absorbed in transcendental knowledge, and subdues his senses quickly attains the supreme spiritual peace. <br />Gita 4/39 <br />9<br />
  13. 13. Doubtless, he who has his body, mind and senses well under control and renounces all actions mentally, he resides happily in the city of nine gates [the material body with nine outlets], neither working nor causing work to be done by others. <br />Gita 5/ 13 <br />10<br />
  14. 14. The creation of the universe along with the nature, is done by the Supreme Lord. <br />The embodied spirit - the Master of this body - does not create activities, nor does he induce people to act, nor does he create the fruits of action. All this is enacted and done by the three modes of material nature. <br />Gita 5/14<br />11<br />
  15. 15. When, however, one is enlightened with the knowledge by which ignorance is destroyed, then his knowledge reveals everything including the Supreme, as the sun lights up everything in the daytime. <br />Gita 5/16<br />12<br />
  16. 16. Those who are free from anger and material desires, who are self-controlled, self-disciplined and constantly endeavoring for perfection, are assured of liberation, bliss or absolute freedom in the very near future. <br />Gita 5/26<br />13<br />
  17. 17. He who is able to withstand the urges of passion and anger before the demise of this present body, he is a real yogi and is happy in this world. <br />Gita 5/23<br />14<br />
  18. 18. One who is beyond duality and doubt, who is free from all sins and whose mind is serene within, who is always busy working for the welfare of all sentient beings, achieves liberation, Nirvana and goes beyond all worldly suffering. <br />Gita 5/25<br />15<br />
  19. 19. One who performs his essentially obligated duties unattached to the fruits of his work is the true mystic, a real Yogi and a Sanyasi, not he who lights no fire and performs no duty.<br />Gita 6/1<br />16<br />
  20. 20. He who is regulated in his habits of eating, sleeping, recreation and work can mitigate all material pains by practicing, Yoga the path to holistic living.<br />Gita 6/17<br />17<br />
  21. 21. Gita 6/6<br />18<br />
  22. 22. One who is self-controlled and peaceful is already a Supreme self. To such a man happiness and distress, heat and cold, honor and dishonor are all the same. <br />Gita 6/7<br />19<br />
  23. 23. A person is considered still further advanced when he regards honest well-wishers, affectionate benefactors, the neutral, mediators, the envious, friends and enemies, the pious and the sinners all with an intellect of equanimity.<br />Gita 6/9<br />20<br />
  24. 24. Yogi should always engage his body, mind and self in relationship with the Supreme; he should live alone in a secluded place and should always carefully control his mind. He should be free from desires and feelings of possessiveness. <br />Gita 6/10<br />21<br />
  25. 25. Arjuna, this yoga (union with Supreme)is neither achieved by one who eats too much or eats too little, sleeps too much or does not sleep enough. (Moderation is the key.) <br />Gita 6/16<br />22<br />
  26. 26. As a lamp in a windless place does not flicker, so the Yogi (transcendentalist), whose mind is controlled, remains always steady in his practice of meditation and contemplation on the self. <br />Gita 6/19<br />23<br />
  27. 27. From wherever the mind wanders due to its wavering and unsteady nature, one must certainly withdraw it and bring it back under the control of the self. <br />Gita 6/26<br />24<br />
  28. 28. Q. The mind verily is restless, turbulent, obstinate and very strong, O Krishna, and to control it, I think, is more difficult than controlling the wind. <br />A. It is undoubtedly very difficult to control the restless mind, but it is possible by constant practice and by dispassion. <br />Gita 6/34, 35<br />25<br />