The Bhagavad Gita


The Bhagavad Gita (dated between the 2nd century BCE and 2nd century CE)

“Your authority is
in action alone,
and never
in its fruits;
motive should never be
in the fruits of action,
nor should you cling
to inaction.”

  • This quote is from discourse/chapter 2, verse 47 of the Bhagavad Gita (a Hindu scripture included in book 6 of the epic poem, the Mahabharata). The translation used here is by Laurie L. Patton (Penguin Classic, 2014).

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