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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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]
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]
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]
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]
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]
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]
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]
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]
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]
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]
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]
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]
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]
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]
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]
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]
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]
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]
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