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Bhagavadgita: Synopsis of the Chapters
Chapter I entitled "The Yoga of Dejection of Arjuna" 
1-11 Description of the principal warriors on both sides with their fighting qualities. 
12-19 Blowing of conchs by the warriors on both sides. 
20-27 Arjuna observes the warriors drawn up for battle. 
28-47 Overwhelmed by infatuation, Arjuna gives expression to his faint-hearted-ness, tenderness and grief. 

Chapter II entitled "Sankhyayoga or the Yoga of Knowledge" 
1-10 Arjuna and Sri Krishna discussing Arjuna's faint-heartedness.
11-30 Sankhyayoga (the Yoga of Knowledge) described. 
31-38 The Kshatriya's duty to engage himself in fight.
39-53 Karmayoga (the Yoga of Selfless action) described. 
54-72 Marks of the man of stable mind and his glories described. 

Chapter III entitled "Karmayoga or the Yoga of Action" 
1-8 Importance of the performance of duty, in a detached way, according to both Jnanayoga and Karmayoga. 
9-16 The necessity of performing sacrifices, etc.
17-24 The necessity of action on the part of the wise, and even on the part of God Himself, for the good of the world.
25-35 Marks of the wise and the unwise; instruction about the performance of action without attraction and repulsion. 
36-43 How to overcome desire. 

Chapter IV entitled "The Yoga of Knowledge as well as the disciplines of Action and Knowledge" 
1-18 The glory of God with attributes; Karmayoga, or selfless action, described. 
19-23 The conduct of Yogis and sages, its glory described. 
24-32 Different forms of sacrifices described with their fruits. 
33-42 The glory of Knowledge described. 

Chapter V entitled "The Yoga of Action and Knowledge" 
1-6 Sankhyayoga and the Yoga of disinterested action described. 
7-12 Marks of the Sankhyayogi and Nishkama Karmayogi - their glories described. 
13-26 Jnanayoga, or the Yoga of Knowledge. 
27-29 Dhyanayoga, or meditation, together with Devotion, described.

Chapter VI entitled "The Yoga of Self - Control" 
1-4 Karmayoga, or the Yoga of disinterested Action, described; marks of one who has attained Yoga. 
5-10 Urging one to uplift the self; marks of the God-Realized soul. 
11-32 Detailed description of Dhyanayoga. 
33-36 The question of Mind-control discussed. 
37-47 The fate of one who falls from Yoga; the glory of Dhyanayoga described. 

Chapter VII entitled "The Yoga of Jnana (Knowledge of Nirguna Brahma) and Vijnana (Knowledge of Manifest Divinity)"
1-7 Wisdom with real Knowledge of Manifest Divinity. 
8-12 Inherence of God in all objects as their Cause.
13-19 Condemnation of men of demonical nature and praise of devotees. 
20-23 The question of worship of other gods. 
24-30 Condemnation of men, who are ignorant of the glory and true nature of God, and approbation of those who know them. 

Chapter VIII entitled "The Yoga of the Indestructible Brahma" 
1-7 Answer to Arjuna's seven questions on Brahma, Adhyatma and Karma (Action) etc. 
8-22 The subject of Bhaktiyoga discussed.
23-28 The bright and dark paths described. 

Chapter IX entitled "The Yoga of the Sovereign Science and the Sovereign Secret"
1-6 The subject of Jnana (Knowledge) with its glory described. 
7-10 The origin of the world discussed.
11-15 Condemnation of men of the demonical nature, who despise God, and the method of Bhajana of men possessed of the divine nature. 
16-19 Description of God, as the soul of everything, and His glory. 
20-25 The fruits of worship with a motive and without motive. 
26-34 The glory of Devotion practiced disinterestedly. 

Chapter X entitled "The Yoga of Divine Glories"
1-7 Description of God's glories and power of Yoga with the fruit of their knowledge. 
8-11 Bhaktiyoga - its fruit and glory.
12-18 Arjuna offers his praises to God and prays to the Lord for a description of His glories and power of Yoga. 
19-42 The Lord describes His glories and power of Yoga. 

Chapter XI entitled "The Yoga of the Vision of the Universal Form"
1-4 Arjuna prays to the Lord for a vision of His Universal form. 
5-8 The Lord describes His Universal Form.
9-14 The Universal Form described by Sanjaya to Dhritarashtra.
15-31 Arjuna sees the Lord's Universal Form and offers praises to the Lord. 
32-34 God describes His glory and exhorts Arjuna to fight. 
35-46 Overtaken by fright, Arjuna offers Praises to God, and prays for a sight of the Lord's Four armed Form.
47-50 The Lord describes the glory of the vision of His Universal Form, and reveals to Arjuna His Four armed, gentle form. 
51-55 The impossibility of obtaining a sight of the Four armed Form without exclusive Devotion, which is described with its fruit. 

Chapter XII entitled "The Yoga of Devotion"
1-12 Respective merits of the worshippers of God with Form and without Form, and the means of God Realization. 
13-20 Marks of the God-realized soul.

Chapter XIII entitled "The Yoga of Discrimination between the Field and the knower of the Field"
1-18 The subject of "Field" and the Knower of the "Field", together with Knowledge. 
19-34 The subject of Prakriti and Purusha (Matter and Spirit) together with knowledge.

Chapter XIV entitled "The Yoga of Classification of the three Gunas"
1-4 The glory of Knowledge; evolution of the world from Prakriti and Purusha. 
5-18 The qualities of Sattva, Rajas and Tamas described. 
19-27 Means of God-Realization, and marks of the soul who has transcended the Gunas. 

Chapter XV entitled "The Yoga of the Supreme Person"
1-6 Description of the Universe as a tree and the means of God-Realization. 
7-11 The Jeevaatma, or individual soul. 
12-15 God and His Glory described. 
16-20 The perishable (bodies of all beings), the imperishable (Jeevaatma) and the Supreme Person. 

Chapter XVI entitled "The Yoga of Discrimination between the Divine and the Demonical Properties"
1-5 The Divine and the demonical properties described with their fruit. 
6-20 Marks of man possessed of the demonical properties and their damnation described.
21-24 Instruction about renouncing conduct opposed to the scriptures and exhortation to follow the scriptures. 

Chapter XVII entitled "The Yoga of Classification of the Threefold Faith"
1-6 Discussion on Faith and on the fate of men who perform austere penance not enjoined by the scriptures. 
7-22 Different Kinds of food, sacrifice, penance and charity described.
23-28 The meaning and attention of uttering "Om Tat Sat" explained.

Chapter XVIII entitled " The Yoga of Liberation through the Path of Knowledge and Self-Surrender "
1-12 The subject of Tyaaga or Relinquishment. 
13-18 Causes of Karma according to the Sankhya system.
19-40 Classification of knowledge, action, doer, reason, firmness and joy according to the three Gunas. 
41-48 Duties attaching to each caste and the fruit of their performance. 
49-55 The path of Knowledge described.
56-66 The path of Karmayoga, or selfless action, together with Devotion. 
67-78 The glory of the Gita described. 

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Dhyana Slokas
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