Bhagavan Krishna

Bhagavan Krishna

Teachings of Krishna from the Bhagavad Gita (the Hindu Bible).

Thy human right is for activity only, never for the resultant fruit of actions.
   Do not consider thyself the creator of the fruits of thy activities; neither allow
   thyself attachment to inactivity.

Arjuna said: O Keshava (Krishna)! What are the characteristics of the
   sage who possesses ever calm wisdom and who is steeped in samadhi
   (ecstasy)?  How does this man of steady wisdom speak and sit and walk?

The Blessed Lord Replied: O Partha (Arjuna)! when a man completely
   relinquishes all desires of the mind, and is entirely contented in the Self, by the
   Self, he is then considered to be one settled in wisdom.

He whose consciousness is not shaken by anxiety under afflictions nor
   by attachment to happiness under favorable circumstances; he who is free from
   worldly loves, fears, and angers  he is muni of steady discrimination.
(2: 54-56)

The Cosmic Lord said: O Sinless One, at the onset of creation, a twofold
   way of salvation was given by Me to this world: for the wise, divine union
   through wisdom; for the yogis divine union through active meditation.

   Actionlessness is not attained simply by avoiding actions.  By forsaking
   work no one reaches perfection.

Verily, no one can stay even for a moment without working; all are indeed
   compelled to perform actions willy-nilly, prodded by the qualities (gunas) born of
   Nature (Prakriti).

The individual who forcibly controls the organs of action, but whose mind
   rotates around thoughts of sense objects, is said to be a hypocrite, deluding

 But that man succeeds supremely, O Arjuna, who, disciplining the
   senses by the mind, unattached, keeps his organs of activity steadfast on the
   path of God-uniting actions.

Perform thou those actions that are obligatory, for action is better than
   inactivity; even simple maintenance of the body would be impossible through

Other devotees offer as sacrifice the incoming breath of prana in the
   outgoing breath of apana, and the outgoing breath of apana in the incoming
   breath of prana, thus arresting the cause of inhalation and exhalation (rendering
   breath unnecessary) by intent practice of pranayama (the life-control technique
   of Kriya Yoga).

A muni  he who holds liberation as the sole object of life and therefore
   frees himself from longings, fears and wrath  controls his senses, mind, and
   intelligence and removes their external contacts by (a technique of) making
   even (or "neutralizing") the currents of prana and apana that manifest (as
   inhalation and exhalation) in the nostrils.  He fixes his gaze at the middle of the
   two eyebrows (thus converting the dual current of the physical vision into the
   single current of the omniscient astral eye).  Such a muni wins complete

 Free from ever-hoping desires and from cravings for possessions, with
   the heart (waves of feeling) controlled by the soul (by yoga concentration),
   retiring alone to a quiet place, the yogi should constantly try to unite with the

 Established on that seat, concentrating the mind on one point, and
   controlling the activities of the fanciful faculty (chitta, feeling  the power that
   visualizes) and the senses, let him practice yoga for self-purification.

Firmly holding the spine, neck, and head erect and motionless, let the
   yogi focus his eyes at the starting place of the nose (the spot between the two
   eyebrows); let him not gaze around in various directions.

O Arjuna!  The gourmand, the scanty eater, the person who habitually
   oversleeps, the one who sleeps too little  none of these finds success in yoga.

He who with proper regularity eats, relaxes, works, sleeps, and remains
   awake will find yoga the destroyer of suffering.

The Blessed Lord said: Fearlessness, purity of heart, perseverance in
   acquiring wisdom and in practicing yoga, charity, subjugation of the senses,
   performance of holy rites, study of the scriptures, self-discipline,

Noninjury, truthfulness, freedom from wrath, renunciation, peacefulness,
   nonslanderousness, compassion for all creatures, absence of greed,
   gentleness, modesty, lack of restlessness;

Radiance of character, forgiveness, patience, cleanliness, freedom from
   hate, absence of conceit  these qualities are the wealth of a divinely inclined
   person, O Descendant of Bharata.
(16:1-3)'s best-selling translation and commentary on the Bhagavad Gita is published by Self-Realization Fellowship.
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