[Bhagavad Gita] – Chapter 2 verse 57

yaḥ sarvatrānabhisnehas tat tat prāpya śhubhāśhubham nābhinandati na dveṣhṭi tasya prajñā pratiṣhṭhitā One who remains unattached under all conditions, and is neither delighted by good fortune nor dejected by tribulation, he is a sage with perfect knowledge. Rudyard Kipling, a famous British poet, has encapsulated the essence of this verse on Sthita prajña (Sage of steady intelligence) … Continue reading [Bhagavad Gita] – Chapter 2 verse 57

[Bhagavad Gita] – Chapter 12 verse 12

śhreyo hi jñānam abhyāsāj jñānād dhyānaṁ viśhiṣhyate dhyānāt karma-phala-tyāgas tyāgāch chhāntir anantaram Better than mechanical practice is knowledge; better than knowledge is meditation. Better than meditation is renunciation of the fruits of actions, for peace immediately follows such renunciation. Many people are at the level of mechanical practice.  They perform the rituals enjoined by their … Continue reading [Bhagavad Gita] – Chapter 12 verse 12

[Bhagavad Gita] – Chapter 1 verse 38-39

yady apy ete na paśhyanti lobhopahata-chetasaḥ kula-kṣhaya-kṛitaṁ doṣhaṁ mitra-drohe cha pātakam kathaṁ na jñeyam asmābhiḥ pāpād asmān nivartitum kula-kṣhaya-kṛitaṁ doṣhaṁ prapaśhyadbhir janārdana Their thoughts are overpowered by greed and they see no wrong in annihilating their relatives or wreaking treachery upon friends. Yet, O Janardan (Krishna), why should we, who can clearly see the crime … Continue reading [Bhagavad Gita] – Chapter 1 verse 38-39

[Bhagavad Gita] – Chapter 6 verse 5

uddhared ātmanātmānaṁ nātmānam avasādayetātmaiva hyātmano bandhur ātmaiva ripur ātmanaḥ Elevate yourself through the power of your mind, and not degrade yourself, for the mind can be the friend and also the enemy of the self. We are responsible for our own elevation or debasement. Nobody can traverse the path of God-realization for us. Saints and … Continue reading [Bhagavad Gita] – Chapter 6 verse 5