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The Canons of a Perfect Life

Being comprehensive selections from the Bhagavadgita
by Swami Krishnananda

Renunciation and Work Are Identical

  • Do thou, O Arjuna, know Yoga (detached work) to be the same as that which they call renunciation; no one verily becomes a Yogi who has not renounced creative willing. (VI.2)

Self-help Is the Road to Achievement

  • One should raise oneself by one's Self alone; let not one lower oneself; for the Self alone is the friend of oneself, and the Self alone is the enemy of oneself. (VI.5)
  • The Self is the friend of the self of him by whom the self has been conquered by the Self; but to the unsubdued self the Self will act as a hostile enemy. (VI.6)

Moderation in Life Is Yoga

  • Verily, Yoga is not possible for him who eats too much, nor for him who does not eat at all; nor for him who sleeps too much, nor for him who is (always) awake, O Arjuna. (VI.16)
  • Yoga becomes the destroyer of pain for him who is moderate in eating and recreation, who is moderate in exertion in actions, who is moderate in sleep and wakefulness. (VI.17)

Surrender to God and Faith in His Omnipresence Is the Primary Principle of All-round Attainment in Life

  • One who is harmonised in Yoga sees the Self as abiding in all beings and all beings in the Self, beholding the same everywhere. (VI.29)
  • He who sees Me everywhere and sees everything in Me, from him I never get separated, nor does he become separated from Me. (VI.30)
  • He who, being established in unity, worships Me Who dwell in all beings, that Yogi abides in Me, whatever may be his mode of living. (VI.31)
  • He who, beholding identity everywhere with the Self, O Arjuna, sees equality everywhere, be it pleasure or pain, he is regarded as the highest Yogi. (VI.32)

No Perfection Possible Without Control of Mind

  • I think Yoga is hard to be attained by one of uncontrolled self, but the self-controlled and striving one can attain to it by adopting proper means. (VI.36)

God Accentuates and Stabilises the Different Faiths of People and Bestows on Them the Results of Their Own Faiths

  • Whatever form any devotee desires to worship with faith - that (same) faith of his I make firm and unflinching. (VII.21)
  • Endowed with that faith, he engages in the worship of that (form) and from it he obtains his desire, these being verily ordained by Me (alone). (VII.22)

God Is All Levels of Reality: The Absolute, the Self, Creativity, the Universe, the Deities, and the Field of Activity

  • Brahman is the Imperishable, the Supreme; Its essential nature is called Self; the creative activity which causes existence and manifestation of beings and which also sustains them is called action. (VIII.3)
  • The objective world is the perishable; the Purusha is the presiding Deity; I alone am the Lord of sacrifice here in this body, O best among the embodied. (VIII.4)

God Is Easy of Attainment

  • I am easily attainable by that ever-steadfast Yogi who constantly and daily remembers Me, not thinking of anything else (with singleness of mind), O Partha. (VIII.14)

God Is Worshipped As the One, As Twofold Reality, or As the Manifold, As Is One's Religious Perspective

  • Sacrificing with the wisdom-sacrifice, the wise ones worship Me, the all-faced, as the One, as dual, and as manifold. (IX.15)
  • The Omnipresence, Omniscience and Omnipotence of God
  • I am the Vedic rite, I the sacrifice, I the pious offering, I the medicine, I the holy chant, I the article of oblation, I the fire, I the burnt offering.
  • I am the Father of this Universe, the Mother, the Sustainer, the Grandfather, the Purifier, the One Thing to be known, the Syllable OM, and also (the three Vedas), Rik, Yajus and Saman,
  • The Goal, the Supporter, the Lord, the Witness, the Abode; the Refuge, the Friend, the Origin, the Dissolution, the Substratum, the Storehouse, the Seed imperishable,
  • (As Sun) I generate heat; I withhold and also send forth rain; I am immortality and also death; being and non-being am I, O Arjuna! (IX.16-19)

Prayer, Meditation and Surrender to God Bring Every Benefit

  • For those men who worship Me alone, thinking of no other, for those ever-united, I secure what is not already possessed and preserve what they already possess. (IX.22)
  • Whoever offers Me with devotion a leaf, a flower, a fruit or a little water-that, so offered devotedly by the pure-minded,
    I accept. (IX.26)
  • Whatever thou doest, whatever thou eatest, whatever thou offerest in sacrifice, whatever thou givest as charity, whatever thou practisest as austerity, O Arjuna, do it as an offering unto Me. (1X.27)