posted on Feb, 24 2010 @ 05:38 PM
"When I read the Bhagavad-Gita and reflect about how God created this universe everything else seems so superfluous." - Albert
One of my all-time-favourite books is the metaphysical masterpiece the Bhagavad-Gita
which means "Song of the
Today many purchase second-rate and pseudo-spiritual books in the new-age/metaphysical section of the bookstore, not realizing that the ideas becoming
#1 NY Times Bestsellers were already expressed many thousands of years ago in the Bhagavad Gita. Apart from being a philosophical masterpiece that has
been revered by both Eastern and Western scholars, it is also one of the central texts of Hinduism.
The core concepts of the book are:
The Supreme Being / Creator of All-Things (Ishvara)
The Individualized Soul (Jiva)
The Physical Universe, Nature, Matter (Prakrti)
Action/Duty in Service of Universal Law (Dharma)
It also describes the 5 Basic Yogas
which are Meditation, Action, Knowledge, Selfless
Service and Devotion to God.
Some random quotes from the book:
Delusion arises from anger. The mind is bewildered by delusion. Reasoning is destroyed when the mind is bewildered. One falls down when reasoning
Fear Not. What is not real, never was and never will be. What is real, always was and cannot be destroyed.
Those who eat too much or eat too little, who sleep too much or sleep too little, will not succeed in meditation. But those who are temperate in
eating and sleeping, work and recreation, will come to the end of sorrow through meditation.
Man is made by his belief. As he believes, so he is.
“The power of God is with you at all times; through the activities of mind, senses, breathing, and emotions; and is constantly doing all the
work using you as a mere instrument.”
“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
“The wise sees knowledge and action as one; they see truly”
“Creation is only the projection into form of that which already exists.”
“One can become whatever one wants to be [if one constantly contemplates on the object of desire with faith].”
"Consciousness is eternal it is not vanquished with the destruction of the temporary body"”
“Death is as sure for that which is born, as birth is for that which is dead. Therefore grieve not for what is inevitable.”
“Unnatural work produces too much stress.”
Those who consciousness is unified abandon all attachment to the results of action and attain supreme peace. But those whose desires are
fragmented, who are selfishly attached to the results of their work, are bound in everything they do.
That one I love who is incapable of ill will, and returns love for hatred. Living beyond the reach of I and mind, and of pain and pleasure, full
of mercy, contented, self-controlled, with all his heart and all his mind given to Me -- with such a one I am in love.
When the senses contact sense objects, a person experiences cold or heat, pleasure or pain. These experiences are fleeting they come and go. Bear
Valor, glory, firmness, skill, generosity, steadiness in battle and ability to rule -- these constitute the duty of a soldier. They flow from his
Neither in this world nor elsewhere is there any happiness in store for him who always doubts.
He is not elevated by good fortune or depressed by bad. His mind is established in God, and he is free from delusion.
[edit on 24-2-2010 by Skyfloating]