100 Krishna Quotes From the Bhagavad Gita

Whenever dharma declines and the purpose of life is forgotten, I manifest myself on earth. I am born in every age to protect the good, to
destroy evil, and to reestablish dharma.
As they approach me, so I receive them. All paths, Arjuna, lead to me.
I am the beginning, middle, and end of creation.
Among animals I am the lion; among birds, the eagle Garuda. I am Prahlada, born among the demons, and of all that measures, I am
time.
I am death, which overcomes all, and the source of all beings still to be born.
Just remember that I am, and that I support the entire cosmos with only a fragment of my being.
Behold, Arjuna, a million divine forms, with an infinite variety of color and shape. Behold the gods of the natural world, and many more
wonders never revealed before. Behold the entire cosmos turning within my body, and the other things you desire to see.
I am time, the destroyer of all; I have come to consume the world.
That one is dear to me who runs not after the pleasant or away from the painful, grieves not, lusts not, but lets things come and go as
they happen.
Just as a reservoir is of little use when the whole countryside is flooded, scriptures are of little use to the illumined man or woman, who
sees the Lord everywhere.
They alone see truly who see the Lord the same in every creature, who see the deathless in the hearts of all that die. Seeing the same
Lord everywhere, they do not harm themselves or others. Thus they attain the supreme goal.
With a drop of my energy I enter the earth and support all creatures. Through the moon, the vessel of life-giving fluid, I nourish all
plants. I enter breathing creatures and dwell within as the life-giving breath. I am the fire in the stomach which digests all food.
There are three gates to this self-destructive hell: lust, anger, and greed. Renounce these three.
Pleasure from the senses seems like nectar at first, but it is bitter as poison in the end.
That which seems like poison at first, but tastes like nectar in the end – this is the joy of sattva, born of a mind at peace with itself.
The Lord dwells in the hearts of all creatures and whirls them round upon the wheel of maya. Run to him for refuge with all your
strength, and peace profound will be yours through his grace.
Whatever you do, make it an offering to me – the food you eat, the sacrifices you make, the help you give, even your suffering.
I am heat; I give and withhold the rain. I am immortality and I am death; I am what is and what is not.
Those who worship other gods with faith and devotion also worship me, Arjuna, even if they do not observe the usual forms. I am the
object of all worship, its enjoyer and Lord.
Those who remember me at the time of death will come to me. Do not doubt this. Whatever occupies the mind at the time of death
determines the destination of the dying; always they will tend toward that state of being.
When meditation is mastered, the mind is unwavering like the flame of a lamp in a windless place.
They are forever free who renounce all selfish desires and break away from the egocage of “I,” “me,” and “mine” to be united with the
Lord. This is the supreme state. Attain to this, and pass from death to immortality.
They live in wisdom who see themselves in all and all in them, who have renounced every selfish desire and sense-craving tormenting
the heart.
The meaning of Karma is in the intention. The intention behind action is what matters. Those who are motivated only by desire for the
fruits of action are miserable, for they are constantly anxious about the results of what they do.
You have the right to work, but never to the fruit of work. You should never engage in action for the sake of reward, nor should you long
for inaction.
Perform work in this world, Arjuna, as a man established within himself – without selfish attachments, and alike in success and defeat.
For yoga is perfect evenness of mind.
At the beginning of time I declared two paths for the pure heart: jnana yoga, the contemplative path of spiritual wisdom, and karma
yoga, the active path of selfless service. There are the fundamental different types of yoga.
Do your work with the welfare of others always in mind. It was by such work that Janaka attained perfection; others too have followed
this path.
There is nothing in the three worlds for me to gain, Arjuna, nor is there anything I do not have; I continue to act, but I am not driven by
any need of my own.
The ignorant work for their own profit, Arjuna; the wise work for the welfare of the world, without thought for themselves.
It is better to strive in one’s own dharma than to succeed in the dharma of another. Nothing is ever lost in following one’s own dharma,
but competition in another’s dharma breeds fear and insecurity.
The senses are higher than the body, the mind higher than the senses; above the mind is the intellect, and above the intellect is the
Atman. Thus, knowing that which is supreme, let the Atman rule the ego. Use your mighty arms to slay the fierce enemy that is selfish
desire.
You and I have passed through many births, Arjuna. You have forgotten, but I remember them all.