The Essence of the Bhagavad Gita

Excerpts from God Talks with Arjuna: The Bhagavad Gita
by Paramahansa Yogananda


The Bhagavad GitaThe entire knowledge of the cosmos is packed into the Gita. Supremely profound, yet couched in revelatory language of solacing beauty and simplicity, the Gita has been understood and applied on all levels of human endeavor and spiritual striving—sheltering a vast spectrum of human beings with their disparate natures and needs. Wherever one is on the way back to God, the Gita will shed its light on that segment of the journey.

The Bhagavad Gita ('the song of the Spirit' ) contains teachings of Bhagavan Krishna in the form of a spiritual dialogue between Sri Krishna and his disciple Arjuna.

The sublime essence of the Bhagavad Gita is that

— right action,
— nonattachment to the world and to its sense pleasures, and
— union with God by the highest yoga of pranayama meditation, learned from an enlightened guru, constitute
the royal path to God-attainment.

As God talked with Arjuna, so will He talk with you. As He lifted up the spirit and consciousness of Arjuna, so will He uplift you. As He granted Arjuna supreme spiritual vision, so will He confer enlightenment on you.


The Best Bhagavad Gita Quotes


He sees truly who perceive the Supreme Lord present equally in all creatures, the Imperishable amidst the perishing.
He who is conscious of the omnipresence of God does not injure the Self by the self. That man reaches the Supreme Goal.
—The Bhagavad Gita XIII:27-28 [—Commentary]


This Self is never born nor does it ever perish; nor having come into existence will it again cease to be. It is birthless, eternal, changeless, ever-same (unaffected by the usual processes associated with time). It is not slain when the body is killed. —The Bhagavad Gita II:20 [—Commentary]


He who perceives Me everywhere and beholds everything in Me never loses sight of Me, nor do I ever lose sight of him.
—The Bhagavad Gita VI:30 [—Commentary]


O Partha ("Son of Pritha," Arjuna), surrender not to unmanliness; it is unbecoming to thee. O Scorcher of Foes, forsake this small weakheartedness! Arise!
—The Bhagavad Gita II:3 [—Commentary]


"In this path (of yoga action) there is no loss of the unfinished effort for realization, nor is there creation of contrary effects. Even a tiny bit of this real religion protects one from great fear (the colossal sufferings inherent in the repeated cycles of birth and death)."
—The Bhagavad Gita II:40 [—Commentary]


Arjuna, remaining immersed in yoga, perform all actions, forsaking attachment (to their fruits), being indifferent to success and failure. This mental evenness is termed yoga.
—The Bhagavad Gita II:48 [—Commentary]


Arjuna, the ideas of heat and cold, pleasure and pain, are produced by the contacts of the senses with their objects. Such ideas are limited by a beginning and an end. They are transitory, O Arjuna; bear them with patience!
The Bhagavad Gita II:14 [—Commentary]


Brooding on sense objects causes attachment to them.
Attachment breeds craving; craving breeds anger.
Anger breeds delusion; delusion breeds loss of memory (of the Self).
Loss of right memory causes decay of the discriminating faculty.
From decay of discrimination, annihilation (of spiritual life) follows.
The Bhagavad Gita II:62-63


Lust, anger, and greed—these constitute the threefold gate of hell leading to the destruction of the soul's welfare. These three, therefore, man should abandon.
The Bhagavad Gita XVI:21


Verily, wisdom (born from yoga practice) is superior to (mechanical) yoga practice; meditation is more desirable than the possession of (theoretical) wisdom; the relinquishment of the fruits of actions is better than (the initial states of) meditation. Renunciation of the fruits of actions is followed immediately by peace.
—The Bhagavad Gita XII:12 [—Commentary]

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