Bhagavad Gīta

Dhritarāshtra said: Gathered on the holy plain of Kurukshetra, O Sanjaya, what did my sons and the sons of Pāndu, eager to fight, do? Sanjaya said: Having seen the army of the sons of Pāndu arrayed, King Duryodhana then approached the preceptor (Drona), and spoke (these) words: Behold, O preceptor, this vast army of the Pāndavas arrayed by the son

Among the causes described above leading to the fitness for true knowledge, the Sāttvika faith is the foremost. Therefore in the seventeenth chapter the threefold secondary differentiation of faith is being stated. Arjuna said: Those who setting aside the ordinances of the Scriptures perform sacrifices with faith (Shraddhā) – What is their status, O Krishna? Is it Sattva, or Rajas,

Sanjaya said: To him thus overcome with pity and grieving, with eyes filled with tears and agitated, Madhusudana spoke these words: The Blessed Lord said: Whence, O Arjuna, has this weakness, not entertained by honourable men (Aryans), nor conducive to (the attainment of) heaven, and leading to ill-fame, come on you at this crisis? Yield not to inmanliness, O Pārtha.

In order to decide the final goal, the essence of the whole Gita is taught clearly in the eighteenth chapter by distinguishing between renunciation and relinquishment. Arjuna said: I desire to know distinctly the true nature of renunciation (Sannyāsa), O Hrishikesa, as also of relinquishment (Tyāga).The Blessed Lord Said: Sages understand the renouncing of actions that fulfil desires as renunciation

Arjuna said: If in Your opinion, O Janārdana, knowledge is superior to action, then why do You, O Keshava, engage me in this terrific action? By (these) apparently conflicting words You seem to confuse my understanding; tell (me) definitely that one thing by which I can attain final beatitude. The Blessed Lord said: O sinless one (Arjuna), a twofold faith

The Blessed Lord Said: This eternal Yoga I taught to Vivaswat, Vivaswat taught it to Manu and Manu taught it to Ikshvāku. This (Yoga), thus traditionally handed down, the royal sages knew. Through the great lapse of time this Yoga is lost in this world. That very ancient Yoga has been taught by Me to you this day, since you

Arjuna said: O Krishna, You teach renunciation of actions and again action; tell (me) decisively which is good for me. The Blessed Lord said: Renunciation and the performance of (selfless) action both lead to Liberation; but of the two the performance of (selfless) action is superior to the renunciation of action. He who neither dislikes nor desires should be known

The Blessed Lord said: He, who does the prescribed work without caring for its fruit, is a Sannyāsi as also a Yogi, and not he who is without the (sacred) fire and without action. Know that which is extolled as Sannyāsa, to be Yoga, O Pāndava (Arjuna). Verily, no one becomes a Yogi without renouncing desire for the fruit of

The true nature of the Self that is to be known has been declared together with Yoga. Now is being described the Divine Form that is to be worshipped. Listen how, with the mind intent on Me, taking refuge in Me, and practicing Yoga you will know Me in full, free from doubt. About this knowledge (Jnāna) together with realization

Those whose mind is fixed on Sri Krishna alone know the Brahman, action, Adhibhuta, etc. – the Brahman, action, etc., mentioned thus (in the last chapter) are clearly explained in the eighth (chapter). Arjuna said: What is that Brahman, what is Adhyātma, and what is action, O best of men? What is called Adhibhuta and what is said to be