48 Bhagavad Gita Quotes that Will Open Your Eyes to What Truly Matters in Life

The Bhagavad Gita is a 700-verse Hindu scripture that is part of the epic Mahabharata, dated to the second half of the first millennium B.C. and is considered to be one of the holy scriptures for Hinduism.

Bhagavad Gita

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48 Bhagavad Gita Quotes that Will Forever Open Your Eyes to What Truly Matters in Life

No one who does good work will ever come to a bad end, either here or in the world to come.

“No one who does good work will ever come to a bad end, either here or in the world to come.”~ Bhagavad Gita

“It is better to live your own destiny imperfectly than to live an imitation of somebody else’s life with perfection.”~ Bhagavad Gita

“There is nothing lost or wasted in this life.”~ Bhagavad Gita

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“When you keep thinking about sense objects, attachment comes. Attachment breeds desire, the lust of possession that burns to anger. Anger clouds judgment; you can no longer learn from past mistakes. Lost is the power to choose between what is wise and what is unwise, and your life is utter waste.”~ Bhagavad Gita

“There is only one desire in life which is good and the desire for the means to realize it is also good.”~ Bhagavad Gita

“The battlefield is a perfect backdrop, but Gita’s subject is the war within, the struggle for self-mastery that every human being must wage if he or she is to emerge from life victorious.”~ Bhagavad Gita

A gift is pure when it is given from the heart and when we expect nothing in return.

“A gift is pure when it is given from the heart to the right person at the right time and at the right place, and when we expect nothing in return.”~ Bhagavad Gita

“The soul is neither born, and nor does it die”~ Bhagavad Gita

“The brightness of the sun, which lights up the world, the brightness of the moon and of fire – these are my glory.” ~ Bhagavad Gita

You have the right to work, but never to the fruit of work.

“You have the right to work, but never to the fruit of work. You should never engage in action for the sake of reward, nor should you long for inaction. Perform work in this world, Arjuna, as a man established within himself – without selfish attachments, and alike in success and defeat.”

“Curving back within myself I create again and again.”~ Bhagavad Gita

“Anyone who is steady in his determination for the advanced stage of spiritual realization and can equally tolerate the onslaughts of distress and happiness is certainly a person eligible for liberation.”~ Bhagavad Gita

You came empty-handed, and you will leave empty-handed.

48 Bhagavad Gita Quotes that Will Open Your Eyes to What Truly Matters in Life

“You came empty-handed, and you will leave empty-handed.” 

“Perform your obligatory duty, because action is indeed better than inaction.”~ Bhagavad Gita

“The happiness which comes from long practice, which leads to the end of suffering, which at first is like poison, but at last like nectar – this kind of happiness arises from the serenity of one’s own mind.”~ Bhagavad Gita

From attraction arises desire, the lust of possession, and this leads to passion, to anger.

“When a man dwells on the pleasure of sense, the attraction for them arises in him, From attraction arises desire, the lust of possession, and this leads to passion, to anger.”

“You have control over doing your respective duty, but no control or claim over the result. Fear of failure, from being emotionally attached to the fruit of work, is the greatest impediment to success because it robs efficiency by constantly disturbing the equanimity of mind.”~ Bhagavad Gita

“The wise grieve neither for the living nor for the dead. There was never a time when you and I and all the kings gathered here have not existed and nor will there be a time when we will cease to exist.”~ 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.”~ Bhagavad Gita

We behold what we are, and we are what we behold.

“We behold what we are, and we are what we behold.”

“He is the source of light in all luminous objects. He is beyond the darkness of matter and is unmanifested. He is knowledge, He is the object of knowledge, and He is the goal of knowledge. He is situated in everyone’s heart.”~ Bhagavad Gita

“Feelings of heat and cold, pleasure and pain, are caused by the contact of the senses with their objects. They come and they go, never lasting long. You must accept them.”~ Bhagavad Gita

“We never really encounter the world; all we experience is our own nervous system.”~ Bhagavad Gita

Selfish action imprisons the world. Act selflessly, without any thought of personal profit.

“It is Nature that causes all movement. Deluded by the ego, the fool harbours the perception that says “I did it”.”~ Bhagavad Gita

“Selfish action imprisons the world. Act selflessly, without any thought of personal profit.”

“The work of a man who is unattached to the modes of material nature and who is fully situated in transcendental knowledge merges entirely into transcendence.”~ Bhagavad Gita

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“When a person responds to the joys and sorrows of others as if they were his own, he has attained the highest state of spiritual union.”~ Bhagavad Gita

Reshape yourself through the power of your will.

Reshape yourself through the power of your will; never let yourself be degraded by self-will.”~ Bhagavad Gita

“All that we are is the result of what we have thought. We are made of our thoughts; we are molded by our thoughts.”~ Bhagavad Gita

“The true goal of action is knowledge of the Self.”

“There was never a time when I did not exist, nor you, nor any of these kings. Nor is there any future in which we shall cease to be.”~ Bhagavad Gita

“Be aware of me always, adore me, make every act an offering to me, and you shall come to me; this I promise; for you are dear to me.”~ Bhagavad Gita

“For even if the greatest sinner worships me with all his soul, he must be considered righteous, because of his righteous will. And he shall soon become pure and reach everlasting peace. For this is my word of promise, that he who loves me shall not perish.”

Those who are motivated only by desire for the fruits of action are miserable.

“Seek refuge in the attitude of detachment and you will amass the wealth of spiritual awareness. Those who are motivated only by desire for the fruits of action are miserable, for they are constantly anxious about the results of what they do. 50 When consciousness is unified, however, all vain anxiety is left behind. There is no cause for worry, whether things go well or ill.”~ Bhagavad Gita

“Those established in Self-realization control their senses instead of letting their senses control them.”~ Bhagavad Gita

“Just as the dweller in this body passes through childhood, youth and old age, so at death he merely passes into another kind of body. The wise are not deceived by that.”~ Bhagavad Gita

The Gita is not a book of commandments but a book of choices.

“The Gita is not a book of commandments but a book of choices.”~ Bhagavad Gita

“Thus the Gita places human destiny entirely in human hands. Its world is not deterministic, but neither is it an expression of blind chance: we shape ourselves and our world by what we believe and think and act on, whether for good or for ill.”

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“The very heart of the Gita’s message is to see the Lord in every creature and act accordingly,”~ Bhagavad Gita

Give freely. Be self-controlled, sincere, truthful, loving, and full of the desire to serve

“Be fearless and pure; never waver in your determination or your dedication to the spiritual life. Give freely. Be self-controlled, sincere, truthful, loving, and full of the desire to serve. Realize the truth of the scriptures; learn to be detached and to take joy in renunciation. Do not get angry or harm any living creature, but be compassionate and gentle; show goodwill to all. Cultivate vigor, patience, will, purity; avoid malice and pride.”~ Bhagavad Gita

“When your mind has overcome the confusion of duality, you will attain the state of holy indifference to things you hear and things you have heard.”~ Bhagavad Gita

“His judgment will be better and his vision clear if he is not emotionally entangled in the outcome of what he does.”~ Bhagavad Gita

Actions do not cling to me because I am not attached to their results.

“Actions do not cling to me because I am not attached to their results. Those who understand this and practice it live in freedom.”

“Your own duty done imperfectly is better than another man’s done well.”

“The self is a friend for him who masters himself by the Self; but for him who is not self-mastered, the self is the cruelest foe.”~ Bhagavad Gita

“As unnecessary as a well is to a village on the banks of a river, so unnecessary are all scriptures to someone who has seen the truth.”~ Bhagavad Gita

“The person who has the throne will not covet a position of civil or police authority.”~ Bhagavad Gita

“One is understood to be in full knowledge whose every endeavour is devoid of desire for sense gratification. He is said by sages to be a worker for whom the reactions of work have been burned up by the fire of perfect knowledge.”~ Bhagavad Gita

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