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Bhagavad Gita As It Is - At a Glance

Chapter Chapter Title SectionSection SummarySAP
Chapter 1Observing the armies on the battlefield of Kuruksetra1.1-1.13Delusion due to envy
Dhṛtarāṣṭra's and Duryodhana's envy transforms into fear for their future. Duryodhana is perturbed by viewing powerful phalanx of Pandavas army and in great diplomacy approaches Dronacarya to do a comparative analysis of the two sides.
Envy results in delusion and forgetfulness of our real identity.
1.14-1.20Omens of assured victory for Pandavas
The blowing of the conch shells predicts victory for the Pandavas, especially the transcendental sound from Arjuna and Krishna's conch shells. The sound of Pandava's conch shells shattered the hearts of the Dhrtarashtra's sons. Victory for the Pandavas was assured by the presence of Lord Hanuman, Goddess of Fortune and Lord Krsna on the side of Pandavas.
Whenever and wherever the Lord is present, the goddess of fortune is also there because the goddess of fortune never lives alone without her husband, therefore, victory and fortune were awaiting Arjuna.
1.21-1.27Krishna never fails in His affection for His devotees
Arjuna wishes to observe both the armies from the middle of the battlefield. The Infallible, Lord Krishna places the chariot in the middle of the battlefield. Hṛṣīkeśa, the master of the senses, could understand the mind of Arjuna. Arjuna views his loved ones in the opposite army and is overwhelmed with compassion.
Although Lord Kṛṣṇa is the Supreme Personality of Godhead, He never fails in His affection for His devotees
1.28-1.46Bewildering condition of existence due to excessive material attachment
Arjuna, due to his softhearted nature as a devotee becomes compassionate towards his enemy. Due to material attachment and weakness of mind he shows fear for loss of life of his near and dear ones. He refuses to fight even in exchange of three worlds. Everyone is interested in himself and his own welfare. No one is interested in the Supreme Self. Arjuna is supposed to show disregard for self-interest by submission to the will of Kṛṣṇa, who is everyone's real self-interest. The conditioned soul forgets this, and therefore suffers material pains.
Excessive attachment for material things puts a man in a bewildering condition of existence.
Chapter 2Contents of Gita summarised2.1-2.10Arjuna submissively offers himself to Krishna as a disciple
Krishna disapproves Arjuna's compassion and urges him to give up this weakness of heart and fight. Arjuna fails to resolve his state of confusion through philosophical speculation, but displays great qualities of detachment. He finally, surrenders to Krishna and becomes His disciple.
All Vedic literatures advise us to approach a bona fide spiritual master to get free from the perplexities of life which happen without our desire.
2.11-2.30By nature, the body is ever changing, and the soul is eternal.
Krishna establishes that the soul is eternally an individual spiritual entity, which when contaminated takes dwelling in the dead matter and develops a continual change of the material body, which results in its forgetfulness. Such a change of dead material bodies is not worthy for our lamentation as the soul, which spreads its consciousness in the entire body, cannot be slain and is indestructible, immeasurable, eternal, unbreakable, immutable and unlike anything material. Therefore, one should prepare for liberation from such bondage of material conditions by tolerating the existing changing condition brought about by dualities of the material world and then understand the real identity - I am not this body, I am a spirit soul.
The material body has no factual existence in relation to the eternal soul.
2.31-2.38Perform svadharma (or specific duties in terms of the specific modes of nature of the body obtained) for spiritual upliftment
Krishna urges Arjuna to perform Ksatriya prescribed duty of fighting on religious principles, which will either open doors for heaven or allow to enjoy earthly kingdom. Contrary to this, choosing not to fight will incur sins for neglecting duties, bring disrepute, infamy and cowardice. Krishna urges Arjuna to fight without being affected by dualities of the material world thereby not incurring any sin.
Discharging one's specific duty in any field of action in accordance with varṇāśrama-dharma serves to elevate one to a higher status of life.
2.39-2.53Buddhi Yoga
Krishna instructs Arjuna to perform prescribed duties with resolute devotional service performed with steady intelligence without attachment to material enjoyment (Buddhi Yoga)
Acting for the benefit of Kṛṣṇa without expectation of sense gratification, is the highest transcendental quality of work - Buddhi Yoga
2.54-2.72Symptoms of one Fixed in TranscendencePrayojana
Acting for the benefit of Kṛṣṇa without expectation of sense gratification, is the highest transcendental quality of work - Buddhi Yoga
Chapter 3Karma Yoga3.1-3.2Arjuna's confusion - Renunciation of work
3.3-3.16Krishna explains how to practice Karma Yoga by engaging mind and senses in performing prescribed duties, without attachment, as a sacrifice to Visnu, the personal beneficiary of all sacrifices.
3.17-3.35Krishna advises, like Him, a fully Krishna conscious person, also have no duty to perform, should continue to perform duties without attachment to results so that common people may follow his path
3.36-3:40Krishna elucidates that one's eternal enemy lust, seated in senses, mind and intelligence, in its varying degrees, impels one to sinful acts by force by covering real knowledge
3.41-3:43Krishna concludes that from the very beginning, one should curb the eternal enemy - lust by controlling the lower self by higher self i.e. - by intelligence one should unveil our constitutional position as a servitor of the Lord and then engage the mind in devotional service
Chapter 4Transcendental Knowledge4.1-4.10Krishna reestablishes chain of disciplic succession and reveals the purpose of His appearance, which is solely triggered by His free Will, to deliver the pious, annihilate the miscreants and reestablish principles of religion. Krishna asserts anyone who knows His transcendental nature will attain his eternal abode and upon constant engagement in His transcendental loving service one may attain transcendental love for Krishna
4.11-4.15Krishna discloses that directly or indirectly everyone surrenders to Him and He rewards them according to the level of surrender. Krishna created the four divisions to segregate prescribed duties according to one's nature and activities and people may follow the previously liberated souls like Vivasvan, and perform prescribed duties without being affected by fruitive results with the knowledge that activities of Krishna and of his pure devotee's are transcendental.
4.16-4.24Krishna describes the symptoms of a person in full knowledge of action. Such a person on account of being in perfect knowledge is free from desire for sense gratification and no attraction for results of actions
4.25-4.33Types of sacrifices approved by the Vedas
4.34-4.42Transcendental Knowledge
Chapter 5Karma Yoga - Action in Krsna Consciousness5.1-5.6 Path of work in devotion and path of renunciation
5.7-5.12Symptoms of a person working in devotion
5.13-5.16Embodied Spirit - Knowing the relationship between the three doers - Soul, SuperSoul and Nature
5.17-5.26The Principles of liberation in the Supreme
5.27-5.28Peace Formula
Chapter 6Sankhya Yoga6.1-6.20Symptoms of a neophyte yogi
6.5-6.10 Symptoms of an advanced mystic yogi
6.10-6.32Ashtanga Yoga stages
6.33-6.36Difficulty in practising Ashtanga Yoga
6.37-6.45Destination of the unsuccessful Yogi
6.46-6.47Topmost Áogi
Chapter 7Knowledge of the Absolute7.1-7.3Complete Knowledge
7.4-7.12Krishna's energy
7.13-7.14Overcoming the three modes
7.15-7.19Four kinds of fortunate and unfortunate people
7.20-7.25Demigods worshippers and impersonalists whose surrender is misplaced
7.26-7.30Understanding Krishna
Chapter 8Attaining the Supreme8.1-8.4 Krishna answers Arjuna's six questions
8.5-8.8Remembering Krishna at death
8.9-8.13Remembering Krishna through meditation
8.14-8.16Remembering Krishna in pure devotional service
8.17-8.22Comparing the material and spiritual worlds
8.23-8.28Devotional service is easier than other methods of attaining the Supreme
Chapter 9The Most Confidential Knowledge9.1-9.3Most secret King of Knowledge is revealed to the degree of faith
9.4-9.10Krishna's inconceivable relationship with the material wolrd
9.11-9.25Delusion, Devotion and Imperfect worship of the Supreme
9.26-9.34Glories of devotional service to Krishna
Chapter 10The Opulence of the Absolute10.1-10.7 The Primeval Lord Sri Krishna is the origin of everyone and everything
10.8-10.11By mercy of Krishna one understands the relationship with Him, the process of devotional service and the Ultimate Goal
10.12-10.15Prayers by Arjuna and acceptance of Krishna's position
10.16-10.18Questions by Arjuna for future generations
10.19-10.39Krishna's opulence
10.40-10.42Material existence is a fragmental energy of Krishna's opulence
Chapter 11The Universal Form11.-11.4Arjuna's request to see the Universal form to set criteria
11.5-11.8Krishna description of the Universal form
11.9-11.14Sanjaya's description of the Universal form
11.15-11.31Arjuna's description of the Universal form
11.32-11.34Become Krishna's instrument
11.35-11.46Arjuna's prayers
11.47-11.55Pure devotion alone grants vision to see Krishna
Chapter 12Devotional Service12.1-12.7Arjuna's question on Devotional Service vs Impersonalism and Krishna's answer
12.8-12.12Progressive stages of Devotional service
12.13-12.20Qualities that endear one to Krishna
Chapter 13Nature, the Enjoyer and Consciousness
Chapter 14The Three Modes of Material Nature
Chapter 15The Yoga of the Supreme Person
Chapter 16The Divine and Demoniac Natures
Chapter 17The Divisions of Faith
Chapter 18Conclusion - The Perfection of Renunciation
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