Bhagavadgita: Synopsis of the Chapters
I entitled "The Yoga of Dejection of Arjuna"
||Description of the principal
warriors on both sides with their fighting qualities.
||Blowing of conchs by the
warriors on both sides.
||Arjuna observes the warriors
drawn up for battle.
||Overwhelmed by infatuation,
Arjuna gives expression to his faint-hearted-ness, tenderness and grief.
II entitled "Sankhyayoga or the Yoga of Knowledge"
||Arjuna and Sri Krishna discussing
||Sankhyayoga (the Yoga of
||The Kshatriya's duty to
engage himself in fight.
||Karmayoga (the Yoga of Selfless
||Marks of the man of stable
mind and his glories described.
III entitled "Karmayoga or the Yoga of Action"
||Importance of the performance
of duty, in a detached way, according to both Jnanayoga and Karmayoga.
||The necessity of performing
||The necessity of action
on the part of the wise, and even on the part of God Himself, for the good
of the world.
||Marks of the wise and the
unwise; instruction about the performance of action without attraction
||How to overcome desire.
IV entitled "The Yoga of Knowledge as well as the disciplines of Action
||The glory of God with attributes;
Karmayoga, or selfless action, described.
||The conduct of Yogis and
sages, its glory described.
||Different forms of sacrifices
described with their fruits.
||The glory of Knowledge described.
V entitled "The Yoga of Action and Knowledge"
||Sankhyayoga and the Yoga
of disinterested action described.
||Marks of the Sankhyayogi
and Nishkama Karmayogi - their glories described.
||Jnanayoga, or the Yoga of
||Dhyanayoga, or meditation,
together with Devotion, described.
VI entitled "The Yoga of Self - Control"
||Karmayoga, or the Yoga of
disinterested Action, described; marks of one who has attained Yoga.
||Urging one to uplift the
self; marks of the God-Realized soul.
||Detailed description of
||The question of Mind-control
||The fate of one who falls
from Yoga; the glory of Dhyanayoga described.
VII entitled "The Yoga of Jnana (Knowledge of Nirguna Brahma) and Vijnana
(Knowledge of Manifest Divinity)"
||Wisdom with real Knowledge
of Manifest Divinity.
||Inherence of God in all
objects as their Cause.
||Condemnation of men of demonical
nature and praise of devotees.
||The question of worship
of other gods.
||Condemnation of men, who
are ignorant of the glory and true nature of God, and approbation of those
who know them.
VIII entitled "The Yoga of the Indestructible Brahma"
||Answer to Arjuna's seven
questions on Brahma, Adhyatma and Karma (Action) etc.
||The subject of Bhaktiyoga
||The bright and dark paths
IX entitled "The Yoga of the Sovereign Science and the Sovereign Secret"
||The subject of Jnana (Knowledge)
with its glory described.
||The origin of the world
||Condemnation of men of the
demonical nature, who despise God, and the method of Bhajana of men possessed
of the divine nature.
||Description of God, as the
soul of everything, and His glory.
||The fruits of worship with
a motive and without motive.
||The glory of Devotion practiced
X entitled "The Yoga of Divine Glories"
||Description of God's glories
and power of Yoga with the fruit of their knowledge.
||Bhaktiyoga - its fruit and
||Arjuna offers his praises
to God and prays to the Lord for a description of His glories and power
||The Lord describes His glories
and power of Yoga.
XI entitled "The Yoga of the Vision of the Universal Form"
||Arjuna prays to the Lord
for a vision of His Universal form.
||The Lord describes His Universal
||The Universal Form described
by Sanjaya to Dhritarashtra.
||Arjuna sees the Lord's Universal
Form and offers praises to the Lord.
||God describes His glory
and exhorts Arjuna to fight.
||Overtaken by fright, Arjuna
offers Praises to God, and prays for a sight of the Lord's Four armed Form.
||The Lord describes the glory
of the vision of His Universal Form, and reveals to Arjuna His Four armed,
||The impossibility of obtaining
a sight of the Four armed Form without exclusive Devotion, which is described
with its fruit.
XII entitled "The Yoga of Devotion"
||Respective merits of the
worshippers of God with Form and without Form, and the means of God Realization.
||Marks of the God-realized
XIII entitled "The Yoga of Discrimination between the Field and the knower
of the Field"
||The subject of "Field" and
the Knower of the "Field", together with Knowledge.
||The subject of Prakriti
and Purusha (Matter and Spirit) together with knowledge.
XIV entitled "The Yoga of Classification of the three Gunas"
||The glory of Knowledge;
evolution of the world from Prakriti and Purusha.
||The qualities of Sattva,
Rajas and Tamas described.
||Means of God-Realization,
and marks of the soul who has transcended the Gunas.
XV entitled "The Yoga of the Supreme Person"
||Description of the Universe
as a tree and the means of God-Realization.
||The Jeevaatma, or individual
||God and His Glory described.
||The perishable (bodies of
all beings), the imperishable (Jeevaatma) and the Supreme Person.
XVI entitled "The Yoga of Discrimination between the Divine and the Demonical
||The Divine and the demonical
properties described with their fruit.
||Marks of man possessed of
the demonical properties and their damnation described.
||Instruction about renouncing
conduct opposed to the scriptures and exhortation to follow the scriptures.
XVII entitled "The Yoga of Classification of the Threefold Faith"
||Discussion on Faith and
on the fate of men who perform austere penance not enjoined by the scriptures.
||Different Kinds of food,
sacrifice, penance and charity described.
||The meaning and attention
of uttering "Om Tat Sat" explained.
XVIII entitled " The Yoga of Liberation through the Path of Knowledge and
||The subject of Tyaaga or
||Causes of Karma according
to the Sankhya system.
||Classification of knowledge,
action, doer, reason, firmness and joy according to the three Gunas.
||Duties attaching to each
caste and the fruit of their performance.
||The path of Knowledge described.
||The path of Karmayoga, or
selfless action, together with Devotion.
||The glory of the Gita described.
through Practice of Renunciation (An exposition of the benefits
of knowing Gita)
(These are meant to be recited
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