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Healing Words for Tragic Times

Quotations for Condolence


The holy Bhagvad 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 wise words from the Gita will console the grieving heart in our saddest moments.

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

"Never is he (Soul) born, nor does he die at any time, he has never been brought into being, nor shall come hereafter; unborn, eternal, permanent and ancient (primeval). When the body is slain, he is not slain."

  • ved'aavinaasinam nithyam ya e'nam ajam avyayam |
    katham sa purushah paartha kam ghaathayathi hanthi kam ||

"O' Arjunaa, know this soul to be eternal, undecaying, birthless and indestructible. A person who knows him to be so — whom can he slay or cause another to slay."

  • vaasaamsi jeernaani yathaa vihaaya navaani gr.hnaathi naro' paraani |
    thathaa sareeraani vihaaya jeernany-anyaani samyaathi navaani de'hi ||

"As a man casts off worn-out garments and puts on new ones, so the embodied soul casts off the worn-out body and enters other new ones."

  • nainam chindhanthi sasthraani nainan dhahathi paavakah |
    na ch'ainam kle'dhayanthy aapo' na so'sayathi maarutah" ||

"No weapon can cleave him; nor the fire burn him,
no waters can make him wet, nor the wind dry him up."

  • acche'dyo' yam adhaahyo' yam akle'dhyo' sya eva cha |
    nithyah sarva-gathah sthaanoor achalo' yam sanaathanah: ||

"Uncleaveable is he; he is not burnt; nor be wetted and neither be dried;
Eternal, all-pervading, stable and immovable is he from everlasting time."

  • avyaktho' yam achinthyo' yam avikaaryo' yam uchyate' |
    thamaad e'vam vidhithvainam naanusochitum-arhasi ||

"He is spoken as invisible, unthinkable and immutable;
therefore, you ought not to grieve comprehending as such."

  • jaathasya hi dhruvo mr.thyur dhr.uvam janma mr.thasya cha |
    thasmaad aparihaarye'rthe' na thvam sochithum-arhasi ||

"For death is certain to one who is born; to one who is dead, birth is certain;therefore, thou shalt not grieve for what is unavoidable."

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