400 BC, Sanskrit Poem Incorporated Into the Mahabharata
Offer unto me that which is very dear to thee — which thou holdest most covetable. Infinite are the results of such an offering.
Bhagavad Gita – [Infinity]
On this path effort never goes to waste, and there is no failure. Even a little effort toward spiritual awareness will protect you from the greatest fear.
Bhagavad Gita – [Failure]
Out of compassion I destroy the darkness of their ignorance. From within them I light the lamp of wisdom and dispel all darkness from their lives.
Bhagavad Gita – [Compassion]
Sages speak of the immutable Tree of Life, with its tape root above and its branches below.
Bhagavad Gita – [Spirit and Spirituality]
Still your mind in me, still yourself in me, and without a doubt you shall be united with me, Lord of Love, dwelling in your heart.
Bhagavad Gita – [Meditation]
That one I love who is incapable of ill will, and returns love for hatred. Living beyond the reach of I and mind, and of pain and pleasure, full of mercy, contented, self-controlled, with all his heart and all his mind given to Me — with such a one I am in love.
Bhagavad Gita – [Hatred]
The body is mortal, but the person dwelling in the body is immortal and immeasurable.
Bhagavad Gita – [Body]
The disunited mind is far from wise; how can it meditate? How be at peace? When you know no peace, how can you know joy?
Bhagavad Gita – [Mind]
The live in wisdom who see themselves in all and all in them, who have renounced every selfish desire and sense craving tormenting the heart.
Bhagavad Gita – [Wisdom]
The non permanent appearance of happiness and distress, and their disappearance in due course, are like the appearance and disappearance of summer and winter seasons.
Bhagavad Gita – [Appearance]
The sage awakes to light in the night of all creatures. That which the world calls day is the night of ignorance to the wise.
Bhagavad Gita – [Ignorance]
The senses have been conditioned by attraction to the pleasant and aversion to the unpleasant: a man should not be ruled by them; they are obstacles in his path.
Bhagavad Gita – [Obstacles]
There has never been a time when you and I have not existed, nor will there be a time when we will cease to exist. As the same person inhabits the body through childhood, youth, and old age, so too at the time of death he attains another body. The wise are not deluded by these changes.
Bhagavad Gita – [Change]
Those who consciousness is unified abandon all attachment to the results of action and attain supreme peace. But those whose desires are fragmented, who are selfishly attached to the results of their work, are bound in everything they do.
Bhagavad Gita – [Attachment]
Those who eat too much or eat too little, who sleep too much or sleep too little, will not succeed in meditation. But those who are temperate in eating and sleeping, work and recreation, will come to the end of sorrow through meditation.
Bhagavad Gita – [Meditation]
To the illumined man or woman, a clod of dirt, a stone, and gold are the same.
Bhagavad Gita – [Possessions]
Valor, glory, firmness, skill, generosity, steadiness in battle and ability to rule — these constitute the duty of a soldier. They flow from his own nature.
Bhagavad Gita – [Army and Navy]
What is work and what is not work are questions that perplex the wisest of men.
Bhagavad Gita – [Work]
Whatever I am offered in devotion with a pure heart — a leaf, a flower, fruit, or water — I accept with joy.
Bhagavad Gita – [Gratitude]
Whatever you do, make it an offering to me — the food you eat, the sacrifices you make, the help you give, even your suffering.
Bhagavad Gita – [Appreciation]