Bhagavad Gita Quotes

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Henry David Thoreau
“In the morning I bathe my intellect in the stupendous and cosmogonal philosophy of the Bhagvat Geeta, since whose composition years of the gods have elapsed, and in comparison with which our modern world and its literature seem puny and trivial; and I doubt if that philosophy is not to be referred to a previous state of existence, so remote is its sublimity from our conceptions. I lay down the book and go to my well for water, and lo! there I meet the servant of the Bramin, priest of Brahma and Vishnu and Indra, who still sits in his temple on the Ganges reading the Vedas, or dwells at the root of a tree with his crust and water jug. I meet his servant come to draw water for his master, and our buckets as it were grate together in the same well. The pure Walden water is mingled with the sacred water of the Ganges.”
Henry David Thoreau, Walden

J. Robert Oppenheimer
“Now, I am become Death, the destroyer of worlds.”
Robert Oppenheimer

“The power of God is with you at all times; through the activities of mind, senses, breathing, and emotions; and is constantly doing all the work using you as a mere instrument.”
Anonymous, Bhagavad Gita: El Canto del Senor

“He who has let go of hatred
who treats all beings with kindness
and compassion, who is always serene,
unmoved by pain or pleasure,

free of the "I" and "mine,"
self-controlled, firm and patient,
his whole mind focused on me ---
that is the man I love best.”
anonymous, The Bhagavad Gita

Aldous Huxley
“The Bhagavad-Gita is the most systematic statement of spiritual evolution of endowing value to mankind. It is one of the most clear and comprehensive summaries of perennial philosophy ever revealed; hence its enduring value is subject not only to India but to all of humanity.”
Aldous Huxley

“The man who sees me in everything
and everything within me
will not be lost to me, nor
will I ever be lost to him.

He who is rooted in oneness
realizes that I am
in every being; wherever
he goes, he remains in me.

When he sees all being as equal
in suffering or in joy
because they are like himself,
that man has grown perfect in yoga.”
Anonymous, The Bhagavad Gita

“For the senses wander, and when one lets the mind follow them, it carries wisdom away like a windblown ship on the waters.”
Anonymous, The Bhagavad Gita

Rudolf Steiner
“In order to approach a creation as sublime as the Bhagavad-Gita with full understanding it is necessary to attune our soul to it.”
Rudolf Steiner

“Krishna taught in the Bhadavad Gita: ‘karmanyeva-adhikaraste ma phalesu kadachana’, which means, ‘Be active, never be inactive, and don’t react to the outcome of the work.”
Anonymous, Buddhist Scriptures

“Completing our tenure in one body, we enter another, just as one gives up worn clothes and puts on new ones [2.23]. Only an excessively fashion-conscious person anguishes over the loss of a mere shirt or dress. So in illusion, we lose ourselves in grief over the inevitable change of body, forgetting that the body merely garbs an eternal soul. The irony of mundane life is that for all our vanity, we drastically underestimate ourselves. We think ourselves mortal, when we are truly immortal. We endure painful limits to our knowledge and joy, yet as eternal parts of God, Kṛṣṇa, each one of us is entitled to innate and limitless awareness and joy. We need only claim them appropriately [6.20-22]”
H.D. Goswami, A Comprehensive Guide to Bhagavad-Gita: With Literal Translation

“He who has given up all desires, and moves free from attachment, egoism and thirst for enjoyment attains peace. (Chapter- II, Shloka- 71)”
Gita Press, Gita-Padachchheda-Anvaya

“Your right is to work only and never to the fruit thereof. Do not consider yourself to be the cause of the fruit of action; nor let your attachment be to inaction.”
Gita Press, Gita-Padachchheda-Anvaya

Sri Aurobindo
“We do not belong to the past dawns, but to the noons of the future.”
Sri Aurobindo, Bhagavad Gita and Its Message

Hazrat Inayat Khan
“Diejenigen, die Offenbarungen empfangen haben, gaben uns heilige Bücher wie die Bibel, den Qur‘an, die Bhagavad Gita; Hunderte und Tausende Jahre sind vergangen und ihre heiligen Lehren blieben bis heute lebendig. Und doch müssen wir wissen, dass das, was diese Schriften uns in Form von Predigten und Lehren geben, eine Interpretation der lebendigen Weisheit ist, die nicht vollständig in Worten ausgedrückt werden kann. Wir können dieses lebendige Wissen nur kennenlernen, wenn wir es selbst erleben, indem wir unser Herz öffnen. Dann ist der Zweck des Lebens erfüllt. (S. 232)”
Hazrat Inayat Khan, Heilung aus der Tiefe der Seele: Mystik und geistige Heilung

“Throughout the Gita, Kṛṣṇa explains that even in this life, within our present body, we can rise to pure consciousness, know God and live in a state of spiritual liberation. At present, our material desires conceal our true awareness [3.39]. Thus, by our decision to embrace or reject spiritual life, we act as our own friend or enemy; we alone elevate or degrade ourselves [6.5-6]. Kṛṣṇa emphasizes that we are responsible for our own condition. The Lord does not force us to do good or evil, and thus is not responsible for the joy and sorrow we create in our lives [5.14-15]. We have free will.”
H.D. Goswami, A Comprehensive Guide to Bhagavad-Gita: With Literal Translation

“Reading holy books is both the extraordinary measures of extraordinary times and the extraordinary times of extraordinary measures”
P.S. Jagadeesh Kumar

“The Bhagavad Gita presents us with a unitary system of Yoga, one clear and systematic path, wherein all four Yoga techniques of jnana, karma, bhakti and classical ashtanga are - together – all considered crucial for spiritual realization. These four supposedly different paths, in actuality, represent four aspects of one, unified, integral Yoga system. They are akin to the four sides of a square. If one of the sides of the square is missing, then the very structural integrity and being of the square is itself compromised. Indeed, it no longer is logically qualified as a "square" at all. Similarly, the complete
and authentic path of Yoga spirituality must include all these four components of Yoga in order to be fully appreciated.

It is true that these four Yogas are linked by their common emphasis on devotional meditation upon, and the ultimate loving absorption of our awareness in, the Absolute. However, it is also inarguably clear that Krishna considers bhakti-yoga, or the discipline of focused devotional consciousness, to be not merely one component of these four branches of Yoga, but as the very essence and goal of all Yoga practice itself. Unlike the other aspects of the Yoga path, bhakti (devotional meditation) is distinguished by the fact that it is not only a means (upaya) for knowing God, but it is simultaneously also the goal (artha) of all human existence. As the means, bhakti designates devotional meditation; as the goal, bhakti means devotional consciousness. At no time does one abandon the practice of bhakti, even upon achieving liberation. Rather, devotional consciousness focused with one-pointed awareness upon the Absolute represents the very goal of the entire Yoga system.”
Sri Dharma Pravartaka Acharya, Sanatana Dharma: The Eternal Natural Way

“Maya, die Ursache von samsara, der Glaube, dass die Realität eine Dualität ist und dass die Objekte Freude in sich bergen, ist eine wunderbare, intelligente Kraft, eine machtvolle Verführerin, welche die Welt anziehend und aufregend erscheinen lässt. In der „Bhagavad Gita“ warnt Kṛṣṇa: „Diese, meine göttliche maya, bestehend aus drei gunas, ist wahrlich schwer zu begreifen. Nur jene, die sich mir ergeben, können sie überwinden.“ (Bhagavad Gita 7.14) (S. 138)”
James Swartz, Yoga der Liebe: Naradas Bhakti Sutra aus der Perspektive des Vedanta

“One's own duty, though devoid of merit, is preferable to the duty of another well performed. Even death in the performance of one's own duty brings blessedness; another's duty is fraught with fear. (Chapter III, Shloka- 35)”
Gita Press, The Bhagavad Gita

“One's own duty, though devoid of merit, is preferable to the duty of another well performed. Even death in the performance of one's own duty brings blessedness; another's duty is fraught with fear. (Chapter III, Shloka- 35)”
Gita Press Gorakhpur, Srimad Bhagavad Gita Mul Padaced Anvay Arth Tika Code 12 Gujarati

“One's own duty, though devoid of merit, is preferable to the duty of another well performed. Even death in the performance of one's own duty brings blessedness; another's duty is fraught with fear. (Chapter III, Shloka- 35)”
Gita Press, Gorakhpur, Gita-Padachchheda-Anvaya

“From anger arises delusion; from delusion, confusion of memory; from confusion of memory, loss of reason; and from loss of reason one goes to complete ruin. ( Chapter- II, Shloka- 63)”
Gita Press, Gita-Padachchheda-Anvaya

“Sri Krishna said: Arjuna, when one thoroughly casts off all cravings of the mind, and is satisfied in the Self through the joy of the Self, he is then called stable of mind. ( Chapter- II, Shloka- 55)”
Gita Press, Gita-Padachchheda-Anvaya

“Your right is to work only and never to the fruit thereof. Do not consider yourself to be the cause of the fruit of action; nor let your attachment be to inaction.”
Gita Press, Gorakhpur, Gita

Ralph Skuban
“Ein großes kosmisches Spiel. Lila ist das Sanskrit-Wort dafür. Es ist Maya, eine große Illusion, denn die einzige Wirklichkeit ist DAS, vor dessen Augen sich dieses Spiel vollzieht: Atman. Unsere Essenz. (s. 64)”
Ralph Skuban, Die Bhagavad Gita

Ralph Skuban
“Transformation ist ein innerer Vorgang. Der Weise handelt moralisch, nicht weil er äußeren Zwängen gehorcht, sondern weil er erwacht ist, weil der Dharma, die Vernunft des Alls, ihn durchflutet. Nur existenzielle Erkenntnis transformiert. So konnte Saulus zu Paulus werden. Auch im Bösen leuchtet Atman. Er weiß es nur nicht. Das Feuer der Erkenntnis verbrennt den Schleier der Dunkelheit. (S. 75)”
Ralph Skuban, Die Bhagavad Gita

Ralph Skuban
“Yoga ist der Weg der Reinigung. Er beginnt mit dem Körper und führt zum Geist. Wenn der Geist rein ist wie ein Kristall, dann durchstrahlt ihn das innere Licht, das ist Samadhi. Buddha nannte diesen Zustand Nirvana. Im Zen heißt er Satori oder Kensho. Jesus nennt ihn Himmelreich. (S. 76)”
Ralph Skuban, Die Bhagavad Gita

Ralph Skuban
“Das Augenbrauenzentrum gilt als Sitz von Ajna Chakra, dem sechsten von sieben Energiezentren des Menschen. Es ist der Ort der Weisheit und Intuition oder Trikuti, das dritte Auge. Es ist energetisch sehr sensibel und kann von allen Chakras am leichtesten erfühlt werden. Jeder, der sich regelmäßig darauf ausrichtet, kann das für sich selbst erfahren. (s. 86)”
Ralph Skuban, Die Bhagavad Gita

A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupāda
“We should always remember that we read Bhagavad Gita as scripture, and whatever is spoken in Bhagavad Gita must be accepted, otherwise there is no reason in reading it.”
A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupāda, On the Way to Krisna

“SRIMAD BHAGAVAD GITA IS A DIVINE GUIDE TO HUMAN SPIRITUAL JOURNEY, WAY & JOURNEY OF LIFE. IT SHOWS HOW HUMANS CAN NATURALLY AND CONSCIOUSLY EVOLVE THROUGH RIGHT THOUGHTS. IT ENCOURAGES TO LIVE LIFE WITH PURITY, STRENGTH, DISCIPLINE, HONESTY, INTEGRITY AND KINDNESS.”
SACHIN RAMDAS BHARATIYA

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