18 Best Bhagavad Gita Quotes on Mind Management

Bhagavad Gita Quotes

The Bhagavad Gita is a comprehensive life management guideline provided to humanity by God. Its 701 verses offer the most vital life lessons as well as the most important truths.

In fact, if you only have time to read one personal development book in your life, the Bhagavad Gita is the book that you should consider reading.

One of the most important features of the Bhagavad Gita is that it provides some of the best mind-management advice ever given.

So, do you have trouble controlling your emotions, such as fear, rage, concern, or envy? Read the Bhagavad Gita.

Below are some of the best Bhagavad Gita quotes on managing the various emotions that you may be finding difficult to manage.

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Let us get started…

On Ignorance

When your intellect crosses the darkness of delusion, then you shall become indifferent to all that is yet to be heard and all that has already been heard (all kinds of past and future material experiences of the senses). [BG 2.52]

On Ego

That person attains peace who, giving up all desires, moves about without longing, devoid of the ideas of ‘I’ (identifying himself with his mortal body) and ‘mine’ (material ownership). [BG 2.71]

On Bewilderment

As boyhood, youth and old age are for the embodied (the soul) in this body, similar is the attainment of another body; this being so, a wise man (one in knowledge of the principles of reincarnation) is never bewildered seeing such changes. [BG 2.13]

On Doubt

However, one who is ignorant and faithless, and has a doubting mind (have baseless doubts about the truth in the teachings given in the scriptures or imparted by the realized souls) perishes (in his spiritual endeavors). For a person of doubting mind, there is neither this world (the material realm), nor the next (the spiritual realm), nor bliss (that emanates from Godhead). [BG 4.40]

On Uncertainty

A lamp in a windless spot does not flicker. This simile may be used to describe a Yogi, who has controlled his mind by the practice of meditation on the self (the soul). [BG 6.19]

On Fear

Here (in this path of Yoga), there is no loss of effort (toward liberation), nor is there any harm. Even a little of this knowledge protects one from the great fear (the fear of falling into the vicious cycle of birth and death again). [BG 2.40]

On Anger

One who is able, while still here (in this world), before giving up the body, to withstand the impulses created out of desire and anger, he is a Yogi (one who endeavors to become one with God); he is a happy man. [BG 5.23]

On Imbalance

But, O Arjuna, Yoga (of meditation) is not for one who eats too much, nor for one who does not eat at all, also not for one who sleeps too much, nor also for one who always keeps awake. [BG 6.16]

On Lust

That person attains peace into whom all desires enter, just like the waters enter the ocean, which remains ever undisturbed even while constantly getting filled; not the one who savors such desires. [BG 2.70]

On Greed

This gate of hell, destructive of the self (degrading the soul to the lowest species), is of three kinds — lust, anger, and greed. Therefore, one should abandon these three (immediately and forever). [BG 16.21]

On Attachment

Attachment and aversion toward sense-objects generate from the senses. One should not come under their influence; for they are his enemies (as they do not allow one to remain even-minded and progress spiritually). [BG 3.34]

On Envy

Content with what comes to him of its own accord, having transcended the dualities (gain-loss, rich-poor, etc.), being free from envy, and being steady in both success and failure, he (a wise man) though performing actions, is not bound (by their reactions). [BG 4.22]

On Inaction

Your right is indeed to perform dutiful actions, but not to the rewards. Never consider yourself as the creator of the rewards of actions, and there must never be an attachment to inaction. [BG 2.47]

On Bondage

One who neither hates nor craves (the rewards of his activities) is to be known to be constantly renounced; for free from pairs of opposites, O Mahabaho, he is easily freed from bondage (of material work). [BG 5.3]

On Distraction

Wherever the flickering and restless mind wanders, he (the Yogi) must withdraw it from all those distractions, and bring it back under the control of the self alone. [BG 6.26]

On Agitation

Make happiness and sorrow, gain and loss, victory and defeat the same; then, fight for the sake of fighting. By so doing, you will not incur sin. [BG 2.38]

On Grief

Abandoning all forms of engagements (unnecessary material and religious activities), take refuge in Me alone. I will liberate you from all sins. Do not grieve. [BG 18.66]

On Distress

The Yogi whose mind has attained perfect calm (through the practice of Dhyana Yoga), who has controlled the passions, who is free from sin, and has become one with the Brahman (God), attains the highest state of bliss. [BG 6.27]

If you think I have missed any Bhagavad Gita quotes that should have been included in the list, please let me know by commenting below.

2 thoughts on “18 Best Bhagavad Gita Quotes on Mind Management”

  1. All though I love the principles of renunciation for all things pertaining to ego gain and material gain. All for the purpose of ultimate enlightenment. I have observed people suffering when becoming to fundamentalist about. Some people would benefit more developing confidence in them selves. Including healthy finance, happiness in there work, having happy relationships, and not being to fanatical in shunning all things material.

    1. I agree. However, we must also understand the reason for most people becoming fundamentalists about the concept of renunciation. Most of us do not understand this idea of renunciation. Krishna knew this would happen and therefore He has clarified the idea of renunciation in much detail in the Bhagavad Gita. He never asks one to renounce the world. His only ask is to renounce the negative aspects of this worldly life, like lust, anger, ignorance, ego, and a never-ending desire that every action of ours leads to a so-called favorable result. And this only benefits us in the wrong run by keeping us focused. Therefore, wealth, happiness at work, happy relationships, etc. are all needed in this material life, they can never be the source of transcendental freedom and joy if we do not engage in these harboring negative emotions. Thanks.

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