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Lokmanya Tilak Quotes On The Bhagavad Gita

Lokmanya Tilak Quotes on the Bhagavad Gita.

The most practical teaching of the Gita, and one for which it is of abiding interest and value to the men of the world with whom life is a series of struggles, is not to give away to any morbid sentimentality when duty demands sternness and the boldness to face terrible things.

The Gita was not preached either as a pastime for persons tired out after living a worldly life in the pursuit of selfish motives, nor as a preparatory lesson for living such worldly life; but in order to give philosophical advice as to how one should live one’s worldly life with an eye to Release, Moksha, as to the true duty of human beings in worldly life. My last prayer to everyone, therefore is that one should not fail to thoroughly understand this ancient science of the life of a householder, or of worldly life, as early as possible in one’s life.

Lokmanya Tilak

Bhagavad Gita on the Person who has risen above the Gunas

Light, activity, delusion, when present, he hates not, nor longs for them when absent.
He who seated like one unconcerned, is not move by the ‘gunas’, who, knowing that the ‘gunas’ operate, is self-centered and swerves not.

Alike in pleasure and pain, who dwells in the self; to whom a clod of earth, precious stone and gold are alike; to whom the dear and the not-dear are the same; firm; the same in censure and self praise.

The same in honor and dishonor; the same to friend and foe; abandoning all undertakings – he is said to have crossed beyond the Gunas.

Bhagavad Gita (Chapter 14 – 22 to 25)