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Bhagavad Gita Quotes on Self Reliance

Wherefrom has come upon you, at this critical situation, this dejection, un-Arya-like, disgraceful, and not conducive to the attainment of heave, O Arjuna?’ (Bhagavad Gita Chapter 2 verse 2)

Never yield to this unmanliness, O Partha! It does not befit you. Casting off this mean faint-heartedness, stand up, O Scorcher of your enemies! (Chapter 2 verse 3)

Raise yourself by yourself, don’t let yourself down; for you are your own friend, you are your own enemy. (Chapter 6 verse 5)

When one has conquered oneself (when one has thoroughly disciplined mind and sense organs), one becomes one’s own friend; but when not so disciplined, one becomes, as it were, one’s own enemy. (Chapter 6 verse 6)

Swami Ranganathananda (former president of Ramakrishna) comments on the above verses.

Stand up, assert your own manhood, your own womanhood. Develop your inner strength. What a beautiful, what a powerful, teaching! Only in the Gita, among the world’s scriptures, do you get this clear-cut teaching of self-reliance in life as the first great lesson of man’s total spiritual life.