Krishna Quotes

19 of the best book quotes from Krishna
  1. #1
    “Fearlessness, singleness of soul, the will
    Always to strive for wisdom; opened hand
    And governed appetites; and piety,
    And love of lonely study; humbleness,
    Uprightness, heed to injure nought which lives,
    Truthfulness, slowness unto wrath, a mind
    That lightly letteth go what others prize;
    And equanimity, and charity
    Which spieth no man’s faults; and tenderness
    Towards all that suffer; a contented heart,
    Fluttered by no desires; a bearing mild,
    Modest, and grave, with manhood nobly mixed,
    With patience, fortitude, and purity;
    An unrevengeful spirit, never given
    To rate itself too high;--such be the signs,
    O Indian Prince! of him whose feet are set
    On that fair path which leads to heavenly birth!”
  2. #2
    “The fruit of labours, in the lives to come,
    Is threefold for all men,--Desirable,
    And Undesirable, and mixed of both;
    But no fruit is at all where no work was.”
  3. #3
    “This Universe the womb is where I plant
    Seed of all lives!”
  4. #4
    “There is ‘true’ Knowledge. Learn thou it is this:
    To see one changeless Life in all the Lives,
    And in the Separate, One Inseparable.”
  5. #5
    In nooses of a hundred idle hopes,
    Slaves to their passion and their wrath, they buy
    Wealth with base deeds, to glut hot appetites.”
  6. #6
    “To cease from works
    Is well, and to do works in holiness
    Is well; and both conduct to bliss supreme;
    But of these twain the better way is his
    Who working piously refraineth not.”
  7. #7
    “Knowledge, the thing known, and the mind which knows,
    These make the threefold starting-ground of act.”
  8. #8
    “Deceitfulness, and arrogance, and pride,
    Quickness to anger, harsh and evil speech,
    And ignorance, to its own darkness blind,--
    These be the signs, My Prince! of him whose birth
    Is fated for the regions of the vile.”
  9. #9
    “Whoever serve Me--as I show Myself--
    Constantly true, in full devotion fixed,
    Those hold I very holy.”
  1. #10
    “There is false Knowledge: that which blindly clings
    To one as if ‘twere all, seeking no Cause,
    Deprived of light, narrow, and dull, and ‘dark.‘”
  2. #11
    “The fruit of Soothfastness is true and sweet;
    The fruit of lusts is pain and toil; the fruit
    Of Ignorance is deeper darkness
    The elements, the conscious life, the mind,
    The unseen vital force, the nine strange gates
    Of the body, and the five domains of sense;
    Desire, dislike, pleasure and pain, and thought
    Deep-woven, and persistency of being;
    These all are wrought on Matter by the Soul!”
  3. #12
    “I give thee sense divine. Have other eyes, new light!
    And, look! This is My glory, unveiled to mortal sight!”
  4. #13
    “First the force; and then
    The agent; next, the various instruments;
    Fourth, the especial effort; fifth, the God.
    What work soever any mortal doth
    Of body, mind, or speech, evil or good,
    By these five doth he that.”
  5. #14
    “There is ‘dark’ Action: when one doth a thing
    Heedless of issues, heedless of the hurt
    Or wrong for others, heedless if he harm
    His own soul--‘tis of Tamas, black and bad!”
  6. #15
    “The Doors of Hell
    Are threefold, whereby men to ruin pass,--
    The door of Lust, the door of Wrath, the door
    Of Avarice. Let a man shun those three!”
  7. #16
    “For like as foods are threefold for mankind
    In nourishing, so is there threefold way
    Of worship, abstinence, and almsgiving!”
  8. #17
    “Ignorance, begot
    Of Darkness, blinding mortal men, binds down
    Their souls to stupor, sloth, and drowsiness.”
  9. #18
    “Yet farther will I open unto thee
    This wisdom of all wisdoms, uttermost,
    The which possessing, all My saints have passed
    To perfectness.”
  10. #19
    “Humbleness, truthfulness, and harmlessness,
    Patience and honour, reverence for the wise.
    Purity, constancy, control of self,
    Contempt of sense-delights, self-sacrifice,
    Perception of the certitude of ill
    In birth, death, age, disease, suffering, and sin;
    Detachment, lightly holding unto home,
    Children, and wife, and all that bindeth men;
    An ever-tranquil heart in fortunes good
    And fortunes evil, with a will set firm
    To worship Me--Me only! ceasing not;
    Loving all solitudes, and shunning noise
    Of foolish crowds; endeavours resolute
    To reach perception of the Utmost Soul,
    And grace to understand what gain it were
    So to attain,--this is true Wisdom, Prince.”

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