24 Verses from Bhagavad Gita You Must Know

The Bhagavad Gita or Srimadbhagavad Gita or Gita is a 700-verse scripture. As it is a book of seven hundred verses, it is also called Saptashati. It is a part of the Mahabharata. However, the Gita has the status of a separate scripture and a separate Upanishad.

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In Hinduism, the content of Gita is considered to be the sacred words of Supreme God. The Gita holds a special place in the history of human religion, philosophy and literature. Lord Krishna, the narrator of the Gita, is the incarnation of Supreme God in the eyes of Hinduism. That is why He is called “Sribhagavan” in the Gita. Here, I would like to present 24 valuable verses from the Bhagavad Gita which are actually the manifestations of God Himself.

1

nāsti buddhir-ayuktasya na chāyuktasya bhāvanā।
na chābhāvayataḥ śhāntir aśhāntasya kutaḥ sukham।।BG Chapter:2, Verse:66।।

Meaning: He whose mind is not fixed cannot attain enlightenment. And he who has no thoughts, has no peace. Where is happiness without peace?

2

ye yathā māṁ prapadyante tāns tathaiva bhajāmyaham।
mama vartmānuvartante manuṣhyāḥ pārtha sarvaśhaḥ।।BG Chapter:4, Verse:11।।

Meaning:O Partha! I show kindness to those who worship me. Human beings follow my path in all ways, that is, they can reach me in all ways, no matter which path they follow.

3

bhoktāraṁ yajña-tapasāṁ sarva-loka-maheśhvaram।
suhṛidaṁ sarva-bhūtānāṁ jñātvā māṁ śhāntim ṛichchhati।।BG Chapter:5, Verse:29।।

Meaning: I enjoy the fruits of sacrifice and austerities, and I am the Lord and Friend of all, and he who knows me in this way is the one who finds absolute peace.

4

etad-yonīni bhūtāni sarvāṇītyupadhāraya।
ahaṁ kṛitsnasya jagataḥ prabhavaḥ pralayas tathā।।BG Chapter:7, Verse:6।।

Meaning:Know that all living beings have been created from my Para and Apara Prakriti. So I am the cause of the creation and destruction of the world.

5

mattaḥ parataraṁ nānyat kiñchid asti dhanañjaya।
mayi sarvam idaṁ protaṁ sūtre maṇi-gaṇā iva।।BG Chapter:7, Verse:7।।

Meaning:O Arjun! There is nothing better than Me. I have all these things tied in Me, just as the beads are tied in a thread.

6

yo yo yāṁ yāṁ tanuṁ bhaktaḥ śhraddhayārchitum ichchhati।
tasya tasyāchalāṁ śhraddhāṁ tām eva vidadhāmyaham।।BG Chapter:7, Verse:21।।

Meaning:Every devotee who becomes devotional and wants to worship an idol, I make devotion to that idol immutable.

7

vedāhaṁ samatītāni vartamānāni chārjuna।
bhaviṣhyāṇi cha bhūtāni māṁ tu veda na kaśhchana।।BG Chapter:7, Verse:26।।

Meaning:O Arjuna! I know all matter past, present and future. But no one knows me.

8

ā-brahma-bhuvanāl lokāḥ punar āvartino ’rjuna।
mām upetya tu kaunteya punar janma na vidyate।।BG Chapter:8, Verse:16।।

Meaning:O Arjun! From all places up to Brahmalok, living beings come back and are reborn, but when I get them, they don’t have to be reborn.

9

puruṣhaḥ sa paraḥ pārtha bhaktyā labhyas tvananyayā।
yasyāntaḥ-sthāni bhūtāni yena sarvam idaṁ tatam।।BG Chapter:8, Verse:22।।

Meaning: O Arjun! The Supreme Personality of Godhead, in whom all beings are included and who is all-pervading, is found only through unalloyed devotion.

10

mayā tatam idaṁ sarvaṁ jagad avyakta-mūrtinā
mat-sthāni sarva-bhūtāni na chāhaṁ teṣhvavasthitaḥ।।BG Chapter:9, Verse:4।।

Meaning: I am inexplicably pervading in the whole cosmic manifestation. All living beings dwell in Me, but I do not dwell in them.

11

na cha mat-sthāni bhūtāni paśhya me yogam aiśhwaram
bhūta-bhṛin na cha bhūta-stho mamātmā bhūta-bhāvanaḥ।।BG Chapter:9, Verse:5।।

Meaning: But neither do all living beings dwell in Me. You see My divine yoga power. Although I am the Creator and Sustainer of all living beings, I am not possessed by them or by material nature.

12

prakṛitiṁ svām avaṣhṭabhya visṛijāmi punaḥ punaḥ
bhūta-grāmam imaṁ kṛitsnam avaśhaṁ prakṛiter vaśhāt।।BG Chapter:9, Verse:8।।

Meaning:By controlling my own Prakriti, I repeatedly create this world of beings which is under the influence of Maya.

13

ahaṁ kratur ahaṁ yajñaḥ svadhāham aham auṣhadham
mantro ’ham aham evājyam aham agnir ahaṁ hutam।।BG Chapter:9, Verse:16।।

Meaning: I am the Vedic ritual, I am the yajna, I am the oblation, I am the medicinal herb, I am the mantra, I am the butter, I am the fire and I am the act of offering.

14

pitāham asya jagato mātā dhātā pitāmahaḥ
vedyaṁ pavitram oṁkāra ṛik sāma yajur eva cha।।BG Chapter:9, Verse:17।।

Meaning: I am the father, mother, support and grandsire of this world; I am the object what is known and sacred. I am the syllable om and I am all the Vedas like Rig, Saam, Yajur etc.

15

gatir bhartā prabhuḥ sākṣhī nivāsaḥ śharaṇaṁ suhṛit
prabhavaḥ pralayaḥ sthānaṁ nidhānaṁ bījam avyayam।।BG Chapter:9, Verse:18।।

Meaning: I am the outcome, the nourisher, the Lord, the witness, the shelter, the refuge, the friend, the origin, the end, the foundation, the store and the indestructible seed.

16

tapāmyaham ahaṁ varṣhaṁ nigṛihṇāmyutsṛijāmi cha
amṛitaṁ chaiva mṛityuśh cha sad asach chāham arjuna।।BG Chapter:9, Verse:19।।

Meaning: O Arjun! I give heat as the sun, I draw water from the earth, I send water as rain again. I am the life of the living, I am also the death of the living. I am honest, I am also dishonest.

17

ahaṁ hi sarva-yajñānāṁ bhoktā cha prabhureva cha
na tu mām abhijānanti tattvenātaśh chyavanti te।।BG Chapter:9, Verse:24।।

Meaning:I am the recipient and Lord of all sacrifices. Without knowing me well, people fall down from the path of self-realization.

18

samo ’haṁ sarva-bhūteṣhu na me dveṣhyo ’sti na priyaḥ
ye bhajanti tu māṁ bhaktyā mayi te teṣhu chāpyaham।।BG Chapter:9, Verse:29।।

Meaning: I am equal to all. I have no hatred or favour to anyone. But I am with those who worship me with devotion.

19

maharṣhayaḥ sapta pūrve chatvāro manavas tathā
mad-bhāvā mānasā jātā yeṣhāṁ loka imāḥ prajāḥ।।BG Chapter:10, Verse:6।।

Meaning: I am the cause of the origin of the whole world. Everything proceeds from me. Understanding these, the wise people worship me with their great faith and devotion.

20

uchchaiḥśhravasam aśhvānāṁ viddhi mām amṛitodbhavam
airāvataṁ gajendrāṇāṁ narāṇāṁ cha narādhipam।।BG Chapter:10, Verse:27।।

Meaning: Of horses I am known as Uccaihsrava, who was born from the churning of the cosmic ocean; of elephants I am Airavata, and among men I am the monarch.

21

brahmaṇo hi pratiṣhṭhāham amṛitasyāvyayasya cha
śhāśhvatasya cha dharmasya sukhasyaikāntikasya cha।।BG Chapter:14, Verse:27।।

Meaning: I am the foundation of the Brahman, the immortal, the imperishable, the eternal dharma and the transcendental bliss.

22

sarvasya chāhaṁ hṛidi sanniviṣhṭo
mattaḥ smṛitir jñānam apohanaṁ cha
vedaiśh cha sarvair aham eva vedyo
vedānta-kṛid veda-vid eva chāham।।BG Chapter:15, Verse:15।।

Meaning: I am seated in the heart of all beings. I am their memory, knowledge and forgetfulness; I am to be known through the Vedas; I am the author of the Vedanta and I am the knower of the Vedas.

23

yasmāt kṣharam atīto ’ham akṣharād api chottamaḥ
ato ’smi loke vede cha prathitaḥ puruṣhottamaḥ।।BG Chapter:15, Verse:18।।

Meaning: I am transcendental to the perishable world of matter, and even to the imperishable soul; Therefore, I am the Supreme Being in the worldly as well as in the Vedas.

24

sarva-dharmān parityajya mām ekaṁ śharaṇaṁ vraja
ahaṁ tvāṁ sarva-pāpebhyo mokṣhayiṣhyāmi mā śhuchaḥ।।BG Chapter:18, Verse:66।।

Meaning: Abandoning all types of dharma surrender unto Me alone; I will surely free you from all sins. Don’t mourn.

Talker:Krishna Das

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