Bhagavad Gita Quotes for Condolence and Healing

Quotations for Condolence

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The holy Bhagavad Gita tells us that you can kill people, but you can never kill a soul. No weapon can cleave it, no fire can burn it because the soul is immortal. The Gita also says: "For death is certain to one who is born...thou shalt not grieve for what is unavoidable."

These six quotations from the Gita will console the grieving heart in our saddest moments.

NOTE: There are many English translations for the Bhagavad Gita available, some more poetic than others.

These translations below are taken from this public domain translation. 

  • na jaayate' mriyate' vaa kadaachin naayam bhuthva bhavithaa na bhooyah: |
    ajo nithyah saasvato'yam puraano na hanyate' hanyamaane' sareere' ||


    The Spirit is neither born nor does it die at any time. It does not come into being or cease to exist. It is unborn, eternal, permanent, and pri­me­val. The Spirit is not destroyed when the body is destroyed. (2.20)
     
  • ved'aavinaasinam nithyam ya e'nam ajam avyayam |
    katham sa purushah paartha kam ghaathayathi hanthi kam ||


    O Arjuna, how can a person who knows that the Spirit is indestructi­ble, eternal, unborn, and immutable, kill anyone or causes anyone to be killed? (2.21)
     
  • vaasaamsi jeernaani yathaa vihaaya navaani gr.hnaathi naro' paraani |
    thathaa sareeraani vihaaya jeernany-anyaani samyaathi navaani de'hi ||


    Just as a person puts on new garments after discarding the old ones, similarly, the living entity or the individual soul acquires new bodies after casting away the old bodies. (2.22)
     
  • acche'dyo' yam adhaahyo' yam akle'dhyo' sya eva cha |
    nithyah sarva-gathah sthaanoor achalo' yam sanaathanah: ||


    Weapons do not cut this Spirit, fire does not burn it, water does not make it wet, and the wind does not make it dry. The Spirit cannot be cut, burned, wet, or dried. It is eternal, all-pervading, changeless, immovable, and primeval. Atma is beyond space and time. (2.23-24)
     
  • avyaktho' yam achinthyo' yam avikaaryo' yam uchyate' |
    thamaad e'vam vidhithvainam naanusochitum-arhasi ||


    The Spirit is said to be unexplainable, incomprehensible, and immutable. Knowing the Spirit as such, you should not grieve for the physical body. (2.25)
     
  • jaathasya hi dhruvo mr.thyur dhr.uvam janma mr.thasya cha |
    thasmaad aparihaarye'rthe' na thvam sochithum-arhasi ||


    All beings are unmanifest, or invisible to our physical eyes, before birth and af­ter death. They manifest between the birth and the death only. What is there to grieve about? (2.28)
     
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