[Bhagavad Gita] – Chapter 3 verse 8

niyataṁ kuru karma tvaṁ karma jyāyo hyakarmaṇaḥ śharīra-yātrāpi cha te na prasiddhyed akarmaṇaḥYou should thus perform your prescribed Vedic duties, since action is superior to inaction. By ceasing activity, even your bodily maintenance will not be possible. Until the mind and intellect reach a state where they are absorbed in God-consciousness, physical work performed in … Continue reading [Bhagavad Gita] – Chapter 3 verse 8

[Bhagavad Gita] – Chapter 8 verse 3

śhrī bhagavān :- uvācha akṣharaṁ brahma paramaṁ svabhāvo ’dhyātmam uchyate bhūta-bhāvodbhava-karo visargaḥ karma-sanjñitaḥThe Supreme Indestructible Entity is called Brahman; one’s own self is called adhyātma. Actions pertaining to the material personality of living beings, and its development are called karma, or fruitive activities. Shree Krishna says that the Supreme Entity is called Brahman (in the Vedas, God … Continue reading [Bhagavad Gita] – Chapter 8 verse 3

[Bhagavad Gita] – Chapter 6 verse 34 – 35

chañchalaṁ hi manaḥ kṛiṣhṇa pramāthi balavad dṛiḍham tasyāhaṁ nigrahaṁ manye vāyor iva su-duṣhkaramśhrī bhagavān uvācha asanśhayaṁ mahā-bāho mano durnigrahaṁ chalam abhyāsena tu kaunteya vairāgyeṇa cha gṛihyate The mind is very restless, turbulent, strong and obstinate, O Krishna. It appears to me that it is more difficult to control than the wind.Lord Krishna said: O mighty-armed … Continue reading [Bhagavad Gita] – Chapter 6 verse 34 – 35

[Bhagavad Gita] – Chapter 9 verse 28

śhubhāśhubha-phalair evaṁ mokṣhyase karma-bandhanaiḥ sannyāsa-yoga-yuktātmā vimukto mām upaiṣhyasi By dedicating all your works to Me, you will be freed from the bondage of good and bad results. With your mind attached to Me through renunciation, you will be liberated and will reach Me. Every action has defects, just as fire is covered by smoke.  When … Continue reading [Bhagavad Gita] – Chapter 9 verse 28

[Bhagavad Gita] – Chapter 5 verse 15

nādatte kasyachit pāpaṁ na chaiva sukṛitaṁ vibhuḥ ajñānenāvṛitaṁ jñānaṁ tena muhyanti jantavaḥ The omnipresent God does not involve Himself in the sinful or virtuous deeds of anyone. The living entities are deluded because their inner knowledge is covered by ignorance. God is not responsible either for anyone’s virtuous deeds or sinful actions.  God’s work in … Continue reading [Bhagavad Gita] – Chapter 5 verse 15

[Bhagavad Gita] – Chapter 7 verse 15

na māṁ duṣhkṛitino mūḍhāḥ prapadyante narādhamāḥ māyayāpahṛita-jñānā āsuraṁ bhāvam āśhritāḥ Four kinds of people do not surrender unto me—those ignorant of knowledge, those who lazily follow their lower nature though capable of knowing me, those with deluded intellect, and those with a demoniac nature. Shree Krishna has given four categories of people who do not … Continue reading [Bhagavad Gita] – Chapter 7 verse 15

[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