Characteristics of Noble People

Comparative notes on the characteristics of Noble Persons from the Bhagavad Gita and from the Bible

Characteristics of Noble Persons – Bhagavad Gita

अभयं सत्त्वसंशुद्धिर्ज्ञानयोगव्यवस्थिति:
दानं दमश् यज्ञश् स्वाध्यायस्तप आर्जवम्

Abhayam sattva-sanshuddhir-gyaana-yoga-vyavas-thitih
Daanam damash-cha yagyash-cha svaadhyaayas-tapa aarjavam.

Bhagavad Gita 16.1

अहिंसा सत्यमक्रोधस्त्याग: शान्तिरपैशुनम्
दया भूतेष्वलोलुप्त्वं मार्दवं ह्रीरचापलम्
श्रीमद्भगवद्गीता 16.2

Ahimsaa satyam-akrodhas-tyaagaḥ shaantir-apaishunam.
Dayaa bhooteṣh-valo-luptvam maardavam hreer-achaapalam.

Bhagavad Gita 16.1

तेज: क्षमा धृति: शौचमद्रोहोनातिमानिता
भवन्ति सम्पदं दैवीमभिजातस्य भारत

Tejah kshamaa dhritih shaucham-adroho-naati-maanitaa.
Bhavanti sampadam daiveem-abhi-jaatasya bhaarata.

Bhagavad Gita 16.3

Fearlessness – abhayam
Purity of mind – sattva samshruddhi
Knowledge – gyaana
Physical discipline – yoga
Steadfastness (of character) – vyavasthitih
Charity – daanam
Control of the senses – damah
Selfless sacrifice (doing for others) – yagya
Study of the sacred books – svaadhyaaya
Austerity – tapah
Integrity, honesty, sincerity – aarjavam
Non-violence – ahimsaa
Truthfulness  – satyam
Absence of anger – akrodha
Renunciation (of attachment; of desires like lust) – tyaaga
Peacefulness – shaantih
Restraint from fault-finding; non-slander (Do not judge others) – apeshunaam
Compassion – dayaa
Absence of covetousness – alolupatva
Gentleness – maardavam
Modesty; a sense of shame; conscience – hreeh
Lack of fickleness; able to focus – achaapalam
Vigor – tejah
Forgiveness – kshama
Fortitude, patience – dritih
Cleanliness – shaucha
Bearing enmity toward no one – adrohah

Characteristics of Noble Persons – Bible

  1. Avoid temptation
    Watch and pray so that you will not fall into temptation. The spirit is willing, but the flesh is weak – Mark 14:38
  2. Compassion
    if anyone has the world’s goods and sees his brother in need, yet closes his heart against him, how does God’s love abide in him – 1 John 3:17
  3. Contentment
    If we have food and clothing, with these we will be content – 1 Timothy 6:8
  4. Filter what you hear
    We ought to give the more earnest heed to the things which we have heard, lest at any time we should let them slip. Hebrews 2:1
  5. Knowledge (only act with full knowledge)
    Action and enthusiasm without knowledge is no good; haste makes mistakes – Proverbs 19:2
  6. Truthfulness – my word is my bond
    Those who despise flagrant sinners, and honor the faithful followers of the LORD, and keep their promises even when it hurts – Psalm 15:4
  7. Forgiveness
    Be kind and compassionate to one another, forgiving each other, just as in Christ God forgave you – Ephesians 4:32
  8. Charity
    Whoever sows sparingly will also reap sparingly, and whoever sows generously will also reap generously.  2 Corinthians 9:6
  9. Truthfulness
    Therefore each of you must put off falsehood and speak truthfully to your neighbor, for we are all members of one body. Ephesians 4:25
  10. Control of Ego
    God opposes the proud but gives grace to the humble. James 4:6
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