The Bhagavad Gita, deeply woven into the fiber of India’s culture, distills Hinduism’s core teachings in story form. I particularly enjoy Prabha Duneja’s translation, The Holy Geeta, from which the following quotes have been selected.
The soul is neither born
nor does it ever die;
having come into being once,
it never ceases to be.
It is unborn, eternal,
permanent, and primeval.
As a person casts off
and puts on new ones;
likewise the embodied soul
discards a worn out body
and enters into a new one.
Weapons cannot cut the soul, nor can fire burn it. Water cannot wet it, nor can wind make it dry. It is eternal, all-pervading, unchanging, immovable, and primordial.
As the waters of the rivers enter the ocean which though full, remains undisturbed; likewise the one in whom all desires merge themselves, he attains peace. … This is the state of transcendental unity, O Arjuna. … Being established in this state, even at the time of death, he attains the Supreme Blissful state.
In whatever way men approach Me, so do I accept them; for all men follow My path in every way, O Arjuna.
He whose self is established in Yoga, he beholds the self abiding in all beings and all beings in the Self. He sees equality everywhere.
He who, being established in oneness, worships Me dwelling in all beings, that yogi ever resides in Me.
I am the origin of the whole universe, as well as the dissolution.
Everything is strung on Me, like the clusters of gems on a string.
I am the sacred syllable AUM in all the Vedas.
I am the life in all beings.
Know Me to be the eternal seed of all beings.
Recognize Me as the unborn and the imperishable Supreme spirit.
This whole universe is pervaded by Me, in My unmanifest aspect. All beings exist in me.
I am the indwelling soul, seated in the hearts of all beings.
The Holy Geeta, as well as and numerous other books and audio materials by Prabha Duneja, are available through The Geeta Society, at www.holygeeta.com. See in particular Prabha’s most recent book: Hinduism: Scriptures and Practices (Geeta Society, 2012). Also see these selected quotes from her 2015 talk on Mantra and Meditation.
Chapter and Verse Citations, The Holy Geeta
1. Ch. 2, Verse 20
2. Ch. 2, Verse 22
3. Ch. 2, Verses 23 & 24
4. Ch. 2, Verses 70 and 72
5. Ch. 4, Verse 11
6. Ch. 6, Verse 29
7. Ch. 6, Verse 31
8. Ch. 7, Verse 6
9. Ch. 7, Verse 7
10. Ch. 7, Verse 8
11. Ch. 7, Verse 9
12. Ch. 7, Verse 10
13. Ch. 7, Verse 25
14. Ch. 9, Verse 4
15. Ch. 10, Verse 20