TKV Desikachar Bhagavad Gītā Study Quotes Collected and Collated

TKV Desikachar teaching at Gaunts House

TKV Desikachar Bhagavad Gītā Study Quotes Collected and Collated

“How is it that we fail to to act right, see right, communicate right,
even though we have all the resources?
What are the indications of this failure?
What indicates that all is well?
Arjuna of the Indian epic Mahābhārata represents the model of
what clouds our consciousness and what can break this cloud.”
– TKV Desikachar introduction to the Bhagavad Gītā

“The Bhagavad Gītā is about confusion OF Dharma and
the Yoga Sūtra is about confusion AND Dharma.”
– TKV Desikachar introduction to the Bhagavad Gītā

Bhagavad Gītā Chapter Two Sāṃkhya Yoga – 72 verses

“So aspire beyond the three Guṇa.”
– TKV Desikachar commentary on Bhagavad Gītā Chapter Two verse 45

 “Samatvam or equanimity.
When acting responsibly within our Dharma,
there is no attachment to the fruits.”
– TKV Desikachar commentary on Bhagavad Gītā Chapter Two verse 48

“The ability to do whatever we do in life
is linked to our state of mind.”
– TKV Desikachar commentary on Bhagavad Gītā Chapter Two verse 50

Saṃmoha
“We are not clear what we are doing.
Because we are not clear, memory wanders.”
– TKV Desikachar commentary on Bhagavad Gītā Chapter Two verse 63

“What is darkness for some people is light for others.
What is light for some people is darkness for others.”
– TKV Desikachar commentary on Bhagavad Gītā Chapter Two verse 69

Bhagavad Gītā Chapter Three Karma Yoga – 43 verses

“The movement of life is a pilgrimage of the body
and cannot be accomplished without action.”
– TKV Desikachar commentary on Bhagavad Gītā Chapter Three verse 8

“Each person has two forces Rāga and Dveṣa.
They are there to serve you, not you them.”
– TKV Desikachar commentary on Bhagavad Gītā Chapter Three verse 34

“The senses can be faster than
the mind in triggering Saṃskāra.”
– TKV Desikachar commentary on Bhagavad Gītā Chapter Three verse 41

Bhagavad Gītā Chapter Four Jñāna Yoga – 42 verses

Karma is the means to know oneself.”
– TKV Desikachar commentary on Bhagavad Gītā Chapter Four verse 17

Parigraha
“What we get used to expecting around situations.”
– TKV Desikachar commentary on Bhagavad Gītā Chapter Four verse 21

Matsara or Jealousy –
“To find fault in others.”
– TKV Desikachar commentary on Bhagavad Gītā Chapter Four verse 22

Bhagavad Gītā Chapter Five Karma Saṃnyāsa Yoga – 29 verses

Niṣṭhā
“The holding of a question throughout the days activities.”
– TKV Desikachar commentary on Bhagavad Gītā Chapter Five verse 17

Bhagavad Gītā Chapter Six Dhyāna Yoga – 47 verses

“Only the Citta is the cause for Bandhana or Mokṣa.”
– TKV Desikachar commentary on Bhagavad Gītā Chapter Six verse 6

“Before I inquire into who am I,
I must first look at who I am.”
– TKV Desikachar commentary on Bhagavad Gītā Chapter Six verse 20

“Any attempt to meditate is going to fail
if you are sitting on a pile of junk.”
– TKV Desikachar commentary on Bhagavad Gītā Chapter Six verse 34

Bhagavad Gītā Chapter Seven Jñāna Vijñāna Yoga – 30 verses

Jñānam is the wisdom of ‘I am that’.
Vijñānam is the discernment that ‘I am not this’ ‘I am not that’.”
– TKV Desikachar commentary on Bhagavad Gītā Chapter Seven verse 2

Bhagavad Gītā Chapter Twelve Bhakti-Yoga – 20 verses

“Follow Truth with Faith.”
– TKV Desikachar commentary on Bhagavad Gītā Chapter 12 verse 20

Bhagavad Gītā Chapter Eighteen Mokṣa-Saṃnyāsa-Yoga – 78 verses

“God is always inside the heart.
However we are not always inside the will of God.
So actions can be right or wrong.”
– TKV Desikachar commentary on Bhagavad Gītā Chapter 18 verse 15