Brahman remains free of the Game

Brahman creates the game of life by breaking Himself into parts that undergo transformation and extinction. Yet while he takes on all the roles required by the game, He also always remains free of the game and intact as Brahman.

— Abhinavagupta

Bhagavad Gita is the epitome of the Mahabharata

The Mahabharata has all the essential ingredients necessary to evolve and protect humanity and that within it the Bhagavad-Gita is the epitome of the Mahabharata just as ghee is the essence of milk and pollen is the essence of flowers.

— Madhvacarya

There follows immediate Peace

Better indeed is knowledge than mechanical practice (of religious ritual). Better than knowledge is meditation. But better still is surrender of attachment to results (of one's actions), because there follows immediate peace.

— Bhagavad Gita 12:12

As a tortoise draws in its limbs

Even as a tortoise draws in its limbs, the wise can draw in their senses at will. Aspirants abstain from sense pleasures, but they still crave for them. These cravings all disappear when they see the highest goal. Even of those who tread the path, the stormy senses can sweep off the mind. They live in wisdom who subdue their senses and keep their minds ever absorbed in me.

— Bhagavad Gita 2:58-61

All sorrow comes from Fear

All sorrow comes from fear. From nothing else. When you know this, You become free of it, And desire melts away. You become happy And still.

— Ashtavakra Gita 11:5

Go beyond Birth and Death

Know God and all fetters will fall away. No longer identifying yourself With the body, go beyond birth and death. All your desires will be fulfilled in him Who is One without a second. Know him to be enshrined in your heart always. Truly there is nothing more in life to know. Meditate and realize this world Is filled with the presence of God.

— Shvetashvatara Upanishad

After Many Births

After many births the wise seek refuge in me, seeing me everywhere and in everything. Such great souls are very rare.

— Bhagavad Gita 7:19

A World of Separateness

Those who dwell on and long for sense-pleasure Are born in a world of separateness. But let them realize they are the Self And all separateness will fall away.

— Mundaka Upanishad

A man who has no desire

It is hard to find A man who has desire For what he has not tasted, Or who tastes the world And is untouched. Here in the world Some crave pleasure, Some seek freedom But it is hard to find A man who wants neither. He is a great soul. It is hard to find A man who has an open mind, Who neither seeks nor shuns Wealth or pleasure, Duty or liberation, Life or death… He does not want the world to end. He does not mind if it lasts. Whatever befalls him, He lives in happiness. For he is truly blessed.

— Ashtavakra Gita 17:4-7

A Man Pure of Heart

The man who is pure of heart Is bound to fulfil himself In whatever way he is taught. A worldly man seeks all his life, But is still bewildered. Detached from the senses, You are free. Attached, you are bound. When this is understood, You may live as you please.

— Astavakra Gita 15:1-2

A Good Command of Speech

Among a man's many good possessions, A good command of speech has no equal. Prosperity and ruin issue from the power of the tongue. Therefore, guard yourself against thoughtless speech.

— Tirukkural 65: 641-642

Mightier than Destiny

Why should those who rejoice when Destiny brings good moan when that same Destiny decrees misfortune?

What is there that is mightier than Destiny?

For it is there ahead of us even in the plans we devise to overcome it.

— Tirukkural 38: 379-380

World of the senses

Pleasures conceived in the world of the senses have a beginning and an end and give birth to misery, Arjuna. The wise do not look for happiness in them. But those who overcome the impulses of lust and anger which arise in the body are made whole and live in joy. They find their joy, their rest, and their light completely within themselves. United with the Lord, they attain nirvana in Brahman.

— Bhagavad Gita 5:22-24

Ever-revolving Wheel of Being

On this ever-revolving wheel of being, the individual self goes round and round, through life after life, believing itself to be a separate creature, until it sees its identity with the Lord of Love and attains immortality in the indivisible whole.

— Shvetashvatara Upanishad

The Seeds of Desire

The impressions of past action, stored deep in the mind, are the seeds of desire. They ripen into action in seen and unseen ways—if not in this life, then in a future one.

— The Yoga Sutras of Patanjali, 2:12

The body dies but the Self dies not

Strike at the root of a tree; it would bleed but still live. Strike at the trunk; it would bleed but still live. Strike again at the top; it would bleed but still live. The Self as life supports the tree, which stands firm and enjoys the nourishment it receives. If the Self leaves one branch, that branch withers. If it leaves a second, that too withers. If it leaves a third, that again withers. Let it leave the whole tree, the whole tree dies.

Just so, dear one, when death comes and the Self departs from the body, the body dies, but the Self dies not.

— Chandogya Upanishad

Yoga is Perfect Evenness

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…as a man established within himself — without selfish attachments, and alike in success and defeat. For yoga is perfect evenness of mind.

— Bhagavad Gita 2:47-48

The Sages call it Akshara the Imperishable

The sages call it Akshara, the Imperishable. It is neither big nor small, neither long nor short, neither hot nor cold, neither bright nor dark, neither air nor space. It is without attachment, without taste, smell, or touch, without eyes, ears, tongue, mouth, breath, or mind, without movement, without limitation, without inside or outside. It consumes nothing, and nothing consumes it.

In perfect accord with the will of the Imperishable, sun and moon make their orbits; heaven and earth remain in place; moments, hours, days, nights, fortnights, months, and seasons become years; rivers starting from the snow-clad mountains flow east and west, north and south, to the sea.

— Brihadaranyaka Upanishad

Path of Yoga

The supreme Self, adored in the scriptures, can be realized through the path of yoga.
Subtler than the banyan seed, subtler than the tiniest grain, even subtler than the hundred-thousandth part of a hair, this Self cannot be grasped, cannot be seen.

— Atma Upanishad

Knowledge born of the finest Discrimination

Knowledge born of the finest discrimination takes us to the farthest shore. It is intuitive, omniscient, and beyond all divisions of time and space.

— The Yoga Sutras of Patanjali, 3:54

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