Meaningful verses from the Bhagavad Gita

Sri Aurobindo has paraphrased most of Bhagavad Gita’s Sanskrit verses into English. The e-book of the English version written by Sri Aurobindo can be here:

I am sharing below some of the verses which I found meaningful:

Chapter 2: Sankhya-Yoga

Chapter 2/Verse 11: The Blessed Lord said that the enlightened man does not mourn either for the living or for the dead.

Chapter 2/Verse 13: As the soul physically passes through childhood, youth and age, so it passes on to the changing of the body.

Chapter 2/Verse 15: The firm and wise who is equal in pleasure and suffering, makes himself apt for immortality.

Chapter 2/Verse 17: Who can slay the immortal spirit?

Chapter 2/Verse 23: Weapons cannot cleave it, nor the fire burn, nor do the waters drench it, nor the wind dry.

Chapter 2/Verse 38: Make grief and happiness, loss and gain, victory and defeat equal to thy soul and then turn to battle; so thou shall not incur sin.

Chapter 2/Verse 40: On this path no effort is lost, no obstacle prevails; even a little of this dharma delivers from great fear.

Chapter 2/Verse 48: Fixed in Yoga do thy actions, having become equal in failure and success; for it is equality that is meant by Yoga.

Chapter 2/Verse 50: Yoga is skill in works.

Chapter 2/Verse 55: The Blessed Lord said: “When a man expels all desires from the mind and is satisfied in the self by the self, then is he called stable in intelligence.”

Chapter 2/Verse 56: He whose mind is undisturbed amidst sorrows and pleasures is free from desire, for whom liking and fear and wrath have passed away, he is the sage of settled understanding.

Chapter 2/Verse 58: He who draws away the senses from the objects of sense, just as a tortoise draws in his limbs into the shell, his intelligence sits firmly founded in wisdom.

Chapter 2/Verse 67: Such of the roving senses as the mind follows, that carries away the understanding just as a ship is carried away by the wind in the sea.

Chapter 2/Verses 71: He who abandons all desires and lives and acts free from longing, who has no “I” or “mine” (who has extinguished his individual ego in the One and lives in that unity), he attains to the great peace.

Chapter 3: The Yoga of the Works

Chapter 3/Verse 3: The Blessed Lord said: “In this world, the self-application of the soul is two-fold: that of the Sankhyas by the Yoga of knowledge and that of the Yogins by the Yoga of works.”

Chapter 3/Verse 4: Not by abstention from works does a man enjoy actionlessness nor by mere renunciation does he attain to his perfection.

Chapter 3/Verse 7: He who controls the senses by the mind and without attachment engages with the organs of action in Yoga of action, he excels.

Chapter 3/Verse 9: By doing works other than for sacrifice, this world of men is in bondage to works; for sacrifice practise works, becoming free from all attachment.

Chapter 3/Verse 13: The good who eat from what is left from the sacrifice, are released from all sin; but evil are they and enjoy sin who cook (the food) for their own sake.

Chapter 3/Verse 19: Therefore perform without attachment the work that is to be done (done for the sake of the world, lokasangraha); for by doing work without attachment man attains to the highest.

Chapter 3/Verse 20: It was even by works that Janaka and the rest attained to perfection.

Chapter 3/Verse 27: While the actions are being entirely done by the modes of Nature, he whose self is bewildered by egoism thinks that it is his “I” which is doing them.

Chapter 3/Verse 30: Giving up thy works to Me, with thy consciousness founded in the Self, free from desire and egoism, fight delivered from the fever of thy soul.

Chapter 4: The Yoga of Knowledge

Chapter 4/Verse 10: Delivered from liking and fear and wrath, full of me, many purified by austerity of knowledge have arrived at my nature of being (madbhavam, the divine nature of the Purushottama).

(To be contd…)

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