The Vedas are the more ancient of the sacred texts
recognised within the Vedic / Hindu tradition of faith dating
from almost three and a half thousand years ago. Another series
of Holy writings, the Upanishads, a name which suggests "sitting
at the feet of the Teacher" are often more philosophically and
mystically sophisticated than the Vedas. The earliest of the
Upanishads date from some three thousand years ago. The term
Vedanta refers to teachings based primarily upon the Upanishads.
The Bhagavad Gita - the Song of God - is a celebrated and more
recent addition to Hindu Spirituality dating from the second
This Vedic - Hindu Spirituality & Mysticism quotations page is one of a series of seven pages on our site that consider
the extensive! range of deep! agreement about important aspects of spirituality and spiritual mysticism
between several major World Religions.
Sets of quotations and quotes that seem to recognise a pronounced emphasis on such
aspects of Spirituality and Mysticism as a Disdain for Materialism, a Distrust of the Intellect, a Preference for
Divine Inspiration, Charity, Purity of Heart, Humility and Meekness from each of these major World Religions
( Buddhist, Christian, Islamic, Jewish, Sikh, Taoist and Vedic or Hindu ) can be accessed through our series of "Central" Spiritual Insights pages.
Please be prepared for some "soul-force" that might be held to reside within many of these quotations!!!
Disdain for Material Things
Which is as poison in the beginning, but is like nectar in the
end; that is declared to be "good" pleasure, born from the
serenity of one's own mind. That which is like nectar in the
beginning from the connection of the sense-object with the
senses, but is as poison in the end, is held to be of "passion".
Bhagavad Gita 18:37-38
Distrust of Intellect
"The wise who knows the Self as bodiless within the bodies, as
unchanging among changing things, as great and omnipresent, does
never grieve". "That self cannot be gained by the Veda, nor by
understanding, nor by much learning. He whom the Self chooses, by
him the Self can be gained. The Self chooses him (his body) as
his own". But he who has not first turned away from his
wickedness, who is not tranquil, and subdued, or whose mind is
not at rest, he can never obtain the Self (even) by knowledge.
Katha Upanishad 1.2.22-24
Spiritual Insights are possible!
Perseverance in (seeking to gain) the knowledge of the Supreme
Spirit, and perception of the gain that comes from knowledge of
the truth: This is called knowledge : all that is contrary to
this is ignorance.
Bhagavad Gita 13:11
He that does everything for Me, whose supreme object I am, who
worships Me, being free from attachment and without hatred to any
creature, this man, Arjuna!, comes to Me.
Bhagavad Gita 11:55
Purity of Heart
And whenever the mind unsteady and restless strays away from the Spirit, let him ever and forever
lead it again to the Spirit.
Thus joy supreme comes to the Yogi whose heart is still, whose passions are peace, who is
pure from sin, who is one with Brahman, with God.
The Yogi who pure from sin ever prays in this harmony of soul soon feels the joy of Eternity,
the infinite joy of union with God.
Bhagavad Gita 6:26-28
He who hates no single being, is friendly and compassionate,
free from self-regard and vanity, the same in good and evil,
patient; Contented, ever devout, subdued in soul, firm in
purpose, fixed on Me in heart and mind, and who worships Me, is
dear to Me.
Bhagavad Gita 12:13-14
He whom the world troubles not, and who troubles not the world,
who is free from the emotions of joy, wrath, and fear, is dear to
Me. The man who is guileless, pure, upright, unconcerned, free
from distress of mind, who renounces every enterprise and
worships Me, is dear to Me. He who has neither delight nor
aversion, who neither mourns nor desires, who renounces good and
evil fortune, and worships Me, is dear to Me. He who is the same
to friend and foe, and also in honour and dishonour, who is the
same in cold and heat, pleasure and pain, who is wholly free from
attatchment; To whom praise and blame are equal, who is silent,
content with every fortune, home-renouncing, steadfast in mind,
and worships Me, that man is dear to Me.
Bhagavad Gita 12:15-19
Communion with God
Devout men (Yogins) who are intent (thereon) see this (spirit)
seated in themselves; but the senseless, whose minds are
unformed, see it not.
Hinduism or Vedanta is another of the World Faiths which
imputes a multi-faceted character to human "existential
In the Bhagavad Gita we read ~
But by what is a man impelled, O Varshneya! when he commits
sin even against his will, as if compelled by force?
The Holy One spoke.
It is lust: it is wrath, born from the "passion" mode: know
that this, all-devouring, all-defiling, is here our foe.
Bhagavad Gita 3: 36-37
and again ~
... the pleasures that come from the world bear in them sorrows to come. They come and they go, they
are transient: not in them do the wise find joy.
But he who on this earth, before his departure, can endure the storms of desire and wrath, this man is a
Yogi, this man has joy.
He has inner joy, he has inner gladness, and he has found inner Light. This Yogi attains the Nirvana
of Brahman: he is one with God and goes unto God.
Holy men reach the Nirvana of Brahman: their sins are no more, their doubts are gone, their soul
is in harmony, their joy is in the good of all.
Because the peace of God is with them whose mind and soul are in harmony, who are free from
desire and wrath, who know their own soul.
Bhagavad Gita 5: 22-26
The following linked pages are intended to fully demonstrate a degree of
Common Ground between the Inner-most Spiritual Teachings of several major World Religions on Charity, Purity of
Heart, Humility, Meekness, A Disdain for Materialism
(compared to the Spiritual), A Distrust of the Intellect (compared to Divine Inspiration) and A Yearning
for Divine Edification (or A Thirst for Spiritual Enlightenment).
These quotations are presented on a series of very brief pages where each faith is considered individually.
We have seen it as worthwhile to add
another category of quotation ~ where recognition has been given to the possibility of Mystical Communion with God ~ as this
addition may rather directly tend the range of agreement about "Core Spiritual Truths" already demonstrated
towards actually becoming something of a proof of the Existence of the one God or Spirit which is the focus of Mystical