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Sri Krishna Teachings from Srimad Bhagavad Purana

These are some of the important teachings of Bhagavan Sri Krishna from the Srimad Bhagavad Purana:

  • Everyone should do his duty without any selfish desires whatsoever. This purifies the mind. And the purified mind is able to observe life without being involved one way or the other.

  • Even as happiness is uncertain and unworthy of our attention here, so happiness in heaven, too, is illusory.
  • As long as the jiva is clothed with a body, and as long as the delusion of diversity lasts, the cycle of birth and death will continue.

  • When the disciple who is fully awake and alert obtains the purified knowledge from the guru, he will realize that the diverse appearance is unreal and that oneness is the truth.

  • For one who regularly attends teachings of Krishna and renders service like the pure devotee, all that is troublesome to the heart is almost completely destroyed. (1.2.18)

  • As soon as irrevocable loving service is established in the heart, the effects of nature’s modes of passion and ignorance, such as lust, desire and hankering, disappear from the heart. Then the devotee is established in goodness and he becomes completely happy (1.2.19)

  • A human being who identifies this body made of three elements with his self and who goes to a place of pilgrimage simply to take a bath rather than meet men of transcendental knowledge there, is to be considered like an ass. (10.84.13)

  • If you simply pour water on the root of a tree, all the branches, twigs, leaves and flowers will be nourished. Similarly, everyone can be satisfied simply by Krishna worship. (4.31.14)

  • When he was created man was given the power of discrimination and he was given a good intellect. These should help him to set his thoughts on the Brahman. After so many births, far inferior to the human status, after passing through the worm state and then reptile state and then animal state, man is granted the privilege of having a human form and a human mind and a human intellect. Why? So that he can use them properly. This body should be kept alive very carefully for but one purpose: to attain salvation because that is the only reason why we are given this form.

  • Live in the world of men without being attached to anyone or anything. Set your thoughts on me (Krishna). Act in the world without any desire to please yourself.

  • Concentration is essential if one desire to attain one-ness with the Paramatman.

Srimad Bhagavad Purana