24 Enlightening Bhagavad Gita Quotes On Karma

One of the most popular Hindu scriptures, Bhagavad Gita is an important part of the epic Mahabharata. It is a 700-verse dialogue between Pandava prince Arjuna and his charioteer Krishna.

In this blog post, we bring you some of the best enlightening Bhagavad Gita quotes on karma that will inspire you to live your life with meaning and purpose from now onward. Let these insightful quotes about karma help you in finding the meaning of your life.

What Does Karma Means?

Karma means action, and in the Bhagavad Gita, karma is explained as an energetic cause-and-effect process that leads to the accumulation of good or evil karmic fruit over time. Karma arises from one’s actions, thoughts, emotions, and words.

When one acts with goodness, kindness, and compassion, one accumulates positive karmic seeds.

When one acts with malice and hatred, one accumulates negative karmic seeds. Over time these seeds take root in the soul and grow into either good or bad fruits.

The Bhagavad Gita explains karma in terms of cause and effect. The cause is what you do in your current life. The effect is what happens in your next life depending on the nature of your karma. Now, as you have got an idea about what Karma is, read some best Karma quotes from the Gita.

Bhagavad Gita Karma Quotes

1. “Death is as sure for that which is born, as birth is for that which is dead. Therefore grieve not for what is inevitable.” ― Bhagavad Gita

2. “If you Do Karma With Selfless Action,then you will be able to free yourself from the bondage of desires.” Bhagavad Gita

3. “You are what you believe in, You become that which you believe you can become”― Bhagavad Gita

4. “You have the right to work, but never to the fruit of work. You should never engage in action for the sake of reward, nor should you long for inaction. Perform work in this world, Arjuna, as a man established within himself – without selfish attachments, and alike in success and defeat.” ― Bhagavad Gita

5. “You have the right to work, but never to the fruit of work, You should never engage in action for the sake of reward, nor should you long for inaction.”― Bhagavad Gita

6. “Seek refuge in the attitude of detachment and you will amass the wealth of spiritual awareness. Those who are motivated only by desire for the fruits of action are miserable, for they are constantly anxious about the results of what they do. 50 When consciousness is unified, however, all vain anxiety is left behind. There is no cause for worry, whether things go well or ill.”

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7. “Those established in Self-realization control their senses instead of letting their senses control them.”Bhagavad Gita

8. “Left to itself, the mind goes on repeating the same old habitual patterns of personality. By training the mind, however, anyone can learn to step in and change old ways of thinking; that is the central principle of yoga.”― Bhagavad Gita

9. “Some perceive God in the heart by the intellect through meditation; others by the yoga of knowledge; and others by the yoga of karma. Some, however, do not understand Brahman (God), but having heard from others, take to worship. They also transcend death by their firm faith to what they have heard.”― Bhagavad Gita

10. “There is no harm or no resultant defect while performing karma, but even a little effort of this selfless action protect us from the great danger.”― Bhagavad Gita

11. “Perform your obligatory duty, because action is indeed better than inaction.” ― Bhagavad Gita

12. “A person does not attain freedom from action by abstaining from action; nor does he attain fulfilment merely through renunciation.”― Bhagavad Gita

13. “Those who restrain the external organs of action, while continuing to dwell on sense objects in the mind, certainly delude themselves and are to be called hypocrites.”― Bhagavad Gita

14. “Those karm yogis who control their knowledge senses with the mind, O Arjun, and engage the working senses in working without attachment, are certainly superior.”― Bhagavad Gita

15. “Work must be done as a yajna to the Supreme Lord; otherwise, work causes bondage in this material world. Therefore, O son of Kunti, for the satisfaction of God, perform your prescribed duties, without being attached to the results.”― Bhagavad Gita

16. “Giving up attachment, perform actions as a matter of duty because by working without being attached to the fruits, one attains the Supreme.”― Bhagavad Gita

17. “By performing their prescribed duties, King Janak and others attained perfection. You should also perform your duties to set an example for the good of the world. Whatever actions great persons perform, common people follow. Whatever standards they set, all the world pursues.”

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18. “There is no duty for Me to do in all the three worlds, O Parth, nor do I have anything to gain or attain. Yet, I am engaged in prescribed duties. For if I did not carefully perform the prescribed duties, O Parth, all men would follow My path in all respects. If I ceased to perform prescribed actions, all these worlds would perish. I would be responsible for the pandemonium that would prevail, and would thereby destroy the peace of the human race.” ― Bhagavad Gita

19. “All activities are carried out by the three modes of material nature. But in ignorance, the soul, deluded by false identification with the body, thinks of itself as the doer.”― Bhagavad Gita

20. “Seek refuge in the attitude of detachment and you will amass the wealth of spiritual awareness. The one who is motivated only by the desire for the fruits of their action, and anxious about the results, is miserable indeed.” ― Bhagavad Gita

21. “Performing all works as an offering unto Me, constantly meditate on Me as the Supreme. Become free from desire and selfishness, and with your mental grief departed, fight!”― Bhagavad Gita

22. “It is far better to perform one’s natural prescribed duty, though tinged with faults, than to perform another’s prescribed duty, though perfectly. In fact, it is preferable to die in the discharge of one’s duty, than to follow the path of another, which is fraught with danger.”

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23. “Those who see action in inaction and inaction in action are truly wise amongst humans. Although performing all kinds of actions, they are yogis and masters of all their actions. The enlightened sages call those persons wise, whose every action is free from the desire for material pleasures and who have burnt the reactions of work in the fire of divine knowledge.”― Bhagavad Gita

24. “O Arjun, actions do not bind those who have renounced karm in the fire of Yog, whose doubts have been dispelled by knowledge, and who are situated in knowledge of the self.”― Bhagavad Gita

Liked these Bhagavad Gita quotes on Karma? Do not forget to read these quotes from Gita too: best Gita verses, and Krishna quotes from Gita.

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Written by Mukund Kapoor

I'm Mukund Kapoor, a reader, thinker, and self-taught writer. Welcome to Mukund Kapoor's blog. I love to write about Spirituality, Success and Self-improvement. I sincerely hope my articles help you find the answers you're looking for, and I wish you a pleasant voyage over the vast expanse of existence. Wishing you all the best.

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