This article contains the verses from Shrimad Bhagavad Gita Chapter 12.
Links to remaining chapters can be found at the end of the article.
Shrimad Bhagavad Gita Chapter 12
Who are the more experienced yogis among those unwavering devotees who adore you and those who look to you as the timeless, formless reality?
As for those who are interested in the transcendental Reality, which has neither a name nor a form, and who contemplate the Unmanifested, which is beyond the scope of both thought and feeling.
Those who learn to control their senses, cultivate a peaceful mind, and work toward the welfare of all beings will in all likelihood make their way to me.
However, the path to the Unrevealed is treacherous and takes a long time, making it difficult for physical creatures to traverse.
But those for whom I am the supreme goal, who give up everything for me and meditate on me with undivided devotion, these are the ones who will inherit the earth.
I will quickly rescue these from the cycle of birth and death that the fragment is subjected to because their consciousness has entered into me.
Center your thoughts on me and keep your reasoning centred on me, and you will without a doubt be joined to me for all of eternity.
If you are unable to bring your thoughts to rest in me, then you must learn to do so through the consistent practise of meditation.
If you don’t have the willpower for such self-discipline, then you should help me with my work because giving without expecting anything in return can eventually bring you complete happiness.
If you are unable to even do this, then you must surrender your entire being to me, practising self-discipline and forsaking the consequences of all of your actions.
Without a doubt, having knowledge is superior to simply engaging in mechanical practice. Meditation is far superior to simply having knowledge. But what’s even better than that is letting go of any attachment you have to the results, because that leads to immediate peace.
The person I love, who is incapable of having ill will toward others, and who is kind and compassionate. Living beyond the reach of “I” and “mine,” as well as beyond the experience of pleasure and suffering,
I have fallen in love with people like these who are patient, content, self-controlled, and steadfast in their faith. They have given me their whole heart and their whole mind.
They do not stir up the world, nor are they stirred up by the world; instead, they stand above the sway of elation, competition, and fear; that person is my beloved.
They are dispassionate, pure, effective, impartial, never anxious, and selfless in all that they do; they are my devotees and they are very dear to me.
That person is dear to me, who does not seek out the pleasurable or shy away from the painful, who does not grieve and who does not lust, but rather lets things come and go as they naturally occur.
That devotee who looks upon friend and foe with equal regard, who is not buoyed up by praise nor cast down by blame, who is alike in heat and cold, pleasure and pain, and who is free from selfish attachments, such a devotee is said to have attained the highest level of enlightenment.
Someone who is unmoved by honour or dishonour, quiet and always full, in harmony everywhere, and unwavering in their faith, is someone I hold in high regard.
Those individuals who contemplate this eternal dharma in the manner in which I have proclaimed it, with their hearts full of faith and looking to me as the ultimate purpose of their lives, are truly my devotees, and the amount of affection that I have for them is very great.