55 Positive Thinking Bhagavad Gita Quotes To Change Your Life

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I first learned about the Bhagavad Gita when I read Think Like A Monk by Jay Shetty. In the book, Jay Shetty, a former monk of three years, introduces the reader to the Bhagavad Gita and how powerful it has been for him on his life’s journey. 

Think Like A Monk by Jay Shetty was a great book about peace and purpose. The book covers topics like how to overcome negativity, how to stop overthinking, how to find your purpose, and so much more.

I really loved it, and it’s the kind of book that’ll stay on my bookshelves for years to come, because I know I’ll be reading it over and over throughout my life.

If you’re interested, you can find the book on Amazon.


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What is Bhagavad Gita?

According to Oxford Languages, The Bhagavad Gita is “a Hindu religious text […] presented as a dialogue between the warrior prince Arjuna and his divine charioteer Krishna [and] it stresses the importance of doing one’s duty and of faith in God.”

In other words, Krishna is “the human incarnation of the Almighty God” according to Krishna.org.

According to Amazon, by simply reading the Bhagavad Gita, you will come across “life-changing, ageless, and profound wisdom contained in its 701 magnificent verses [which] is enough to change the path of one’s life and bring it to the peak of perfection.”

What I thought was really interesting about Amazon’s description of the Bhagavad Gita is that it is not a religious book. Instead, it is “a guidebook for life; a how-to manual.” 

I like that no matter your religion, you can learn and benefit from the Bhagavad Gita.

Further, Amazon states that the Bhagavad Gita can help you answer questions like:

  • Who are you?
  • What is your purpose in life and how to fulfill that purpose?
  • Is there a God? If yes, who is God, and how to know and reach Him?
  • Is God one or many?
  • What is your relationship with God?
  • What is death and why you do not need to fear death?

And so much more.

If you’re interested, you can read the Bhagavad Gita, translated in English, on Amazon as well.


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Now, let’s dive in to the positive thinking Bhagavad Gita quotes!


Bhagavad Gita Quotes On Happiness

1. The key to happiness is the reduction of desires.

2. Meet this transient world with neither grasping nor fear, trust the unfolding of life and you will attain true serenity.

3. Make it easy for yourself. Get Organized, and Live the moment. Your day-to-day activities should not steal your happiness.

4. Wherever the mind wanders, restless and diffuse in its search for satisfaction without, lead it within; train it to rest in the Self.

5. Happiness is a state of mind and has nothing to do with the external world.

6. The happiness which comes from long practice, which leads to the end of suffering, which at first is like poison, but at last like nectar – this kind of happiness arises from the serenity of one’s own mind.

7. Causes and results, including emotional opposites, are things that come and go. This knowledge helps you endure them all.

8. There is neither this world nor the world beyond nor happiness for the one who doubts.

9. All happiness in the material world has a beginning and an end, but happiness in Krishna is unlimited, and there is no end.

10. Some people spread happiness wherever they go, others create happiness wherever they go!


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11. Elevate yourself through the power of your mind and not degrade yourself, for the mind can be the friend and also the enemy of the self.

12. He who has no attachments can love others, For his love is pure and divine. And it is from those small acts of love you truly can be happy.

13. The person who is not disturbed by happiness and distress and is steady in both is certainly eligible for liberation.

14. Happiness is of the soul. The soul can never be cut to pieces. Nor burned by fire, nor moistened by water or withered by the wind.

15. The real sense of happiness is not cursing your destiny, Not wanting every second to change your scene, to change another mind, But to change your own mind to change the world.

16. Fettered no more by selfish attachments, they are neither elated by good fortune nor depressed by bad. 

17. The impermanent appearance of happiness and distress and their disappearance in due course are like the appearance and disappearance of winter and summer seasons. They arise from a sense of perception, and one must learn to tolerate them without being disturbed.

18. One has to learn tolerance in the face of dualities such as happiness and stress, warmth and cold and by tolerating such dualities become free from anxieties regarding gain or loss.

19. 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. 

20. When meditation is mastered, the mind is unwavering like the flame of a lamp in a windless place.


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Quotes From Bhagavad Gita On Success

21. You came here empty-handed and so will you leave. What is yours today belonged to someone else yesterday. And Tomorrow someone else will call it his.

22. Through selfless service, you will always be fruitful and find the fulfillment of your desires

23. It is better to live your own destiny imperfectly but happily than to live an imitation of somebody’s life with perfection and sorrow.

24. Better indeed is knowledge than mechanical practice. Better than knowledge is meditation. But better still is a surrender of attachment to results, because there follows immediate peace.

25. Do your work with the welfare of others always in mind.

26. Actions do not cling to me because I am not attached to their results. Those who understand this and practice it live in freedom.

27. You have the right to work, but for the work’s sake only. You have no right to the fruits of work. Desire for the fruits of work must never be your motive in working. Never give way to laziness, either.

28. 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.

29. You are what you believe in. You become that which you believe you can become.

30. Pleasures conceived in the world of the senses have a beginning and an end and give birth to misery. 

31. We are kept from our goal, not by obstacles, but by a clear path to a lesser goal.

32. You have a right to perform your prescribed duties, but you are not entitled to the fruits of your actions.


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Bhagavad Gita Quotes On Humanity

33. Man is made by his beliefs. As he believes so he is.

34. Free from all thoughts of ‘I’ and ‘mine’, man finds absolute peace.

35. Calmness, gentleness, silence, self-restraint, and purity: these are the disciplines of the mind. 

36. To refrain from selfish acts is one kind of renunciation, called sannyasa; to renounce the fruit of action is another, called Tyaga.

37. Through constant effort over many lifetimes, a person becomes purified of all selfish desires and attains the supreme goal of life.

38. You grieve for those who should not be grieved for, Yet you speak wise words. Neither for the dead nor those alive do the wise grieve for.

39. There are three gates to this self-destructive hell: lust, anger, and greed. Renounce these three.

40. Self-knowledge turns to ash all actions of dualities on your mind and brings you inner peace.

41. The embodied soul is eternal in existence, indestructible, and infinite, only the material body is factually perishable.

42. Death is as sure for that which is born, as birth is for that which is dead. Therefore grieve not for what is inevitable.

43. A person can rise through the efforts of his own mind; or draw himself down, in the same manner. Because each person is his own friend or enemy.

44. Thus the Gita places human destiny entirely in human hands. Its world is not deterministic, but neither is it an expression of blind chance: we shape ourselves and our world by what we believe and think and act on, whether for good or for ill.


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Bhagavad Gita Quotes On Love

45. A gift is pure when it is given from the heart to the right person, at the right time, at the right place and when we expect nothing in return.

46. That one is dear to me who runs not after the pleasant or away from the painful, grieves not, lusts not, but lets things come and go as they happen.

47. From passion comes confusion of mind, then loss of remembrance, the forgetting of duty. From this loss comes the ruin of reason, and the ruin of reason leads man to destruction.

48. Act selflessly, without any thought of personal profit.


Bhagavad Gita Quotes On Karma

49. When a person responds to the joys and sorrows of others as if they were his own, he has attained the highest state of spiritual union.

50. No one who does good work will ever come to a bad end, either here or in the world to come.

51. We are like fish out of water; Just as fish cannot be happy unless he is in water; We cannot be happy apart from the spiritual world.

52. Whatever action is performed by a great man, common men follow in his footsteps, and whatever standards he sets by exemplary acts, all the world pursues.

53. When a man dwells on the pleasure of sense, attraction for them arises in him. From attraction arises desire, the lust of possession, and this leads to passion, to anger.

54. Through selfless service, you will always be fruitful and find the fulfillment of your desires. 

55. In the dark night of all beings awakes to Light the tranquil man. But what is day to other beings is night for the sage who sees.


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