Eight Quotes from the Bhagavad Gita on Mind and Virtue

Bhagavad Gita - It is better to live your own destiny imperfectly than to live an imitation of somebody else's with perfection

  • “It is better to live your own destiny imperfectly than to live an imitation of somebody else’s with perfection.”
  • “Sever the ignorant doubt in your heart with the sword of self-knowledge. Observe your discipline. Arise.”
  • “In battle, in the forest, at the precipice in the mountains,
    On the dark great sea, in the midst of javelins and arrows,
    In sleep, in confusion, in the depths of shame,
    The good deeds a man has done before defend him.”
  • “A gift is pure when it is given from the heart to the right person at the right time and at the right place, and when we expect nothing in return.”
  • “The mind is restless and difficult to restrain, but it is subdued by practice.”
  • “Better indeed is knowledge than practice, than knowledge, meditation is better; than meditation, renunciation of the fruit of action, on renunciation follows peace.”
  • “The awakened sages call a person wise when all his undertakings are free from anxiety about results.”
  • “One who has control over the mind is tranquil in heat and cold, in pleasure and pain, and in honor and dishonor; and is ever steadfast with the Ātman.”

– Veda Vyāsa (uncertain, between 1800 BC and 1500 BC)

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