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English Translation of Hindi book by Swami Ramsukhdasji

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PREFACE

 

Gita Mahatmayam

 

Chapter1

Arjuna-Visaad (Dejection) Yoga

Verses†† 1-23

Description of the chiefs and the battle conchs and drum and a survey of both the armies

Verses 24-47

Sorrow-filled Arjun recounts the evil consequences of the destruction of race and family and traditions, and Sanjaya describes his condition overwhelmed with grief

Chapter2

Sankhya (Yoga of Knowledge discrimination)

Verses†† 1-10

 

Description of Conversation between Lord Krishna and Arjuna regarding Arjunaís fearfulness.

Verses11-30

Description of Sankhya Yoga

Verses31-38

Rendering that it is Essential to fight as per Dharma

Verses39-53

Description of Karma Yoga (Discipline of Action)

Verses54-72

Characteristics of a Man of Wisdom (Sthit-Pragyaa)

Chapter3

KARMA(Action) YOGA††

Verses†† 1-8

 

Representation of the essential need to perform oneís duty from the perspective of Sankhyayog and Karmayog

Verses 9-19

 

 

Representation of the need to perform ones duty to protect the age old tradition of yagya (sacrifice) and the cycle of creation

Verses 20-29

 

Necessity of the performance of duty to set examples for others

Verses 30-35

 

Inspiration for the performance of oneís own duty, being free from attachment and aversion

Verses 36-43

 

Inspiration to kill desire, the root of sins

Chapter4

KARMA & (Knowledge, Action and Jnana, Renunciation) SANNYAASA YOGA††

Verses†† 1-15

 

Tradition of Discipline of Action and divine character of births and actions of God

Verses†† 16-32

 

Description of reality of actions and different forms of sacrifices

Verses†† 33-42

 

Glory of Discipline of Knowledge and Action and inspiration to follow them.††

Chapter5

KARMA SANNYAASA YOGA††

Verses†† 1-6

 

Identity of Discipline of Knowledge and Action and glory of Discipline of Action.

Verses†† 7-12

 

Description of Discipline of Knowledge and Action

Verses†† 13-26

 

Discipline of Knowledge with its fruit

Verses†† 27-29

 

Description of Discipline of Meditation and Devotion

Chapter6

ATMASAMYAMA YOGA (Self Control and Meditation)

Verses†† 1-4

 

Discipline of Action and marks of the man who has attained to Yoga

Verses†† 5-9

 

Inspiration for redeeming the self; and the marks of the God-realized soul

Verses†† 10-15

 

Description of posture and meditation on God with its fruit

Verses†† 16-23

 

Description of rules and meditation on God with its fruit.

Verses†† 24-28

 

Description of Meditation on God who is attributeless and formless with its fruit

Verses†† 29-32

 

Experience of those who meditate on God endowed with attributes and on attributelessness

Verses†† 33-36

 

On Controlling the Mind

Verses†† 37-47

 

Destiny of Man Who has fallen from Yoga

CHAPTER7

JNANA-VIJNANA (knowledge and realization) YOGA

Verses†† 1-7

 

The Lordís promise to describe His integral being and explanation of higher and lower Natures and He being the root cause of all of them

Verses†† 8-12

 

Godís manifestations in the form of cause

Verses†† 13-19

 

Description of those who take and donít take refuge in God

Verses†† 20-23

 

Description of the worship of other gods with its fruits.

Verses†† 24-30

Condemnation of those who donít know Godís influence and glories and eulogy of His Devotees

CHAPTER8

AKSHAR BRAHMA (knowledge of imperishable Brahma) YOGA

Verses†† 1-7

 

Lord answers Arjunís seven questions and tells him to think of Him at all times.

Verses†† 8-16

 

Description of worship of God

Verses†† 17-22

 

Description of duration of cosmic day and night and glory of God.

Verses†† 23-28

 

Description of bright and dark paths and glory of the Yogi who knows them.

CHAPTER9

RAJVIDYA RAJAGUHYA (Science of Sovereigns and Royal Secrets) YOGA

Verses†† 1-6

Description of Vijnana (Realization) with its glory

Verses†† 7-10

Description of new creation and final dissolution

Verses†† 11-15

Condemnation of those who donít know Godís glory

Verses†† 16-19

Description of Godís glory in the form of cause and effect

Verses†† 20-25

Worship with and without an interested motive with fruit

Verses†† 26-34

Offering of actions and objects to God, the fruit of this offering, and description of those eligible for devotion.

CHAPTER10

VIBHUTI (Divine Glories) YOGA

Verses†† 1-7

Mention of the Glory and Yoga of the Lord and the reward of knowing them 

Verses†† 8-11

Devotion to God and Its Fruit and the Glory of Godís Grace

Verses†† 12-18

Arjuna eulogizes to the Lord and Prays to Him to Describe His Yoga and Glories

Verses†† 19-42

Description of the Lordís Glories and Yoga by Him

CHAPTER11

VISHWAROOPADARSHANA (The Vision of the Cosmic Form) YOGA

Verses†† 1-8

Arjuna requests Lord to reveal His Cosmic Form; the Lord confers Divine Vision on him

Verses†† 9-14

Sanjaya describes the Cosmic Form to Dhritarashtra

Verses†† 15-31

Arjuna beholds the Cosmic Form and Eulogizes It.

Verses†† 32-35

The Lord introduces His most terrible form and orders Arjuna to fight

Verses†† 36-46

Arjuna eulogizes the Lord in His Cosmic Form and offers prayer to Him

Verses†† 47-50

The Lord explains that the Cosmic Form is very rare indeed and console Arjuna who is terrified

Verses†† 51-55

The Lord glorifies His four armed form and the means by which it can be seen

CHAPTER12

BHAKTI (Devotion) YOGA

Verses†† 1-12

The Lord pronounces His verdict who is superior worshipper of God and mentions fours spiritual paths to God-Realization

Verses†† 13-20

Thirty-Nine marks of the devotees who have realized God

CHAPTER13

KSHETRA-KSHETRANA (Field & Knowers of the Field) Ė VIBHAGA YOGA

Verses†† 1-18

Discussion of Kshetra (body), Kshetrajna (soul), knowledge and worth-knowing (God) with devotion

Verses†† 19-34

Discussion of Nature and Soul

CHAPTER14

GUNATRAYA (Three Modes) Ė VIBHAGA YOGA

Verses†† 1-4

Glory of Knowledge and emanation of creation from the union of Nature and Soul

Verses†† 5-18

Description of the Three Modes of Nature (of goodness, of passion and of ignorance)

Verses†† 19-27

Means of God-Realization and Marks of a Man Who has Transcended the Three Modes of Nature

CHAPTER15

PURUSHOTTAMA (Supreme Entity) YOGA

Verses†† 1-6

Description of the Tree of Creation, and Surrender the self to God, having Cut Asunder this Tree, and the Abode of God

Verses†† 7-11

Reality about the Soul (Self) and Description of those who know it and those who donít know it.

Verses†† 12-15

Description of the Glory of God.

Verses†† 16-20

Description of Kshar (perishable, mundane), Akshar (Imperishable Soul) and the Supreme Soul (God).††

CHAPTER16

DAIVAASURA (Divine and Demoniac) VIBHAGA YOGA

Verses†† 1-5

Description of the Divine and Demoniac Traits with their Fruit

Verses†† 6-8

Mention of the Outlook of the People Who Embrace the Demoniac Nature, having a Disinclination for Virtuous Actions

Verses†† 9-16

Impure Conduct and Ambitions with Fruit of the Men Embracing the Demoniac Nature

Verses†† 17-20

Evil Nature of the People Possessing a Demoniac Disposition and Their Evil Effect

Verses†† 21-24

Inspiration to Act According to the Ordinance of the Scriptures, by being free from Desire, Anger and Greed which are the roots of all demoniac traits.

CHAPTER17

SHRADDHATRAYA (Threefold Faith) VIBHAGA YOGA

Verses†† 1-6

Description of the Three Kinds of Faith and the People Who Possess a Demoniac Nature

Verses†† 7-10

Description of Tastes of Food of the Three Types of Persons of the Modes of Goodness, Passion and Ignorance.

Verses†† 11-22

Three Kinds of Sacrifice, Austerity, and Charity.

Verses†† 23-28

Explanation of the Sacred Appellations Om, Tat, Sat; and description of Asat (unreal) action.

CHAPTER18

MOKSHASANNYAASA (Liberation by Renunciation) YOGA

Verses†† 1-12

Description of the Different Views of Renunciation and the Discipline of Action

Verses†† 13-40

Description of the Discipline of Knowledge

Verses†† 41-48

Description of the Discipline of Action and Devotion

Verses†† 49-55

Description of the Discipline of Knowledge

Verses†† 56-66

Description of Devotion to God

Verses†† 67-78

Glory of the Gita

 

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