Bhagavad Gītā, simply known as Gita

Bhagavad Gītā, simply known as Gita
Between 6th and 2nd Centuries B.C.

Sanskrit for "Song of God," also more simply known as Gita, is a sacred Hindu scripture, though its philosophies and insights are intended to reach beyond the scope of religion and to humanity as a whole, referred to as the "manual for mankind"

Author Quotes

God abides in the heart of all beings, but due to our ignorance, He seems so far, so unreal, and we move here and there in search of God like a lifeless doll mounted on a machine.

This [Self] is never born, nor does It die, nor after once having been, does it go into non-being. This [Self] is unborn, eternal, changeless, ancient. It is never destroyed even when the body is destroyed.

If you want to see the brave, look at those who can forgive.

[Soul] It is not born, it does not die; having been, it will never not be; unborn, enduring, constant, and primordial, it is not killed when the body is killed.

Your sorrow is for nothing. The truly wise mourn neither for the living nor for the dead. There never was a time when I did not exist, nor you, nor any of these kings. Nor is there any future in which we shall cease to be... That Reality which pervades the universe is indestructible. No one has power to change the Changeless... Death is certain for the born. Rebirth is certain for the dead. You should not grieve for what is unavoidable.

Wisdom is prevented by ignorance, and delusion is the result.

You grieve for those beyond grief and you speak words of insight; but learned men do not grieve for the dead or the living.

When one sees Eternity in things that pass away and Infinity in finite things then one has pure knowledge.

When he perceivith the diversified existence of being as rooted in One, and spreading forth from it, then he reaches the Eternal.

When he has no lust, no hatred, a man walks safely among the things of lust and hatred.

To unite the heart with Brahman and then to act: that is the secret of non-attached work. In the calm of self-surrender, the seers renounce the fruits of their actions and so teach enlightenment.

Water flows continually in the ocean but the ocean is never disturbed: desire flows into the mind of the seer but he is never disturbed. The seer knows peace: the man who stirs up his own lusts can never know peace. He knows peace who has forgotten desire. He lives without craving: free from ego, free from pride.

These bodies are perishable; but the dwellers in these bodies are eternal, indestructible, and impenetrable.

There is more joy in doing one’s own duty badly than in doing another man’s duty well.

There is “true” Knowledge. Learn thou it is this: To see one changeless Life in all the Lives and in the Separate, One Inseparable.

The world is imprisoned in its own activity except when actions are performed as worship of God. Therefore you must perform every action sacramentally and be free from any attachment to the results.

The truly wise mourn not either for the dead or for the living.

The faith of every man accords with his essential nature; man here is made up of faith; as a man’s faith is, so is he.

Perform all necessary acts, for action is better than inaction; none can live by sitting still and doing nought; it is by action only that a man attains immunity from action.

On Karma alone be your interest, never on its fruits; let not the results of Karma be your motive, nor be your attachment to inaction.

On action alone be thy interest, never on thy fruits.

No weapons hurt the soul; no fire burns it; no waters moisten it; no wind dries it up. It is imperishable, perpetual, immovable, eternal. Therefore, knowing it thus, you should not grieve.

Man reacheth perfection by each being intent on his own duty.

Let your aim be the good of all.

Let not the fruit of action be your motive to action. Your business is with action alone, not with fruit of action.

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First Name
Bhagavad Gītā, simply known as Gita
Birth Date
Between 6th and 2nd Centuries B.C.
Bio

Sanskrit for "Song of God," also more simply known as Gita, is a sacred Hindu scripture, though its philosophies and insights are intended to reach beyond the scope of religion and to humanity as a whole, referred to as the "manual for mankind"