Our hero (Arjuna) complains about this whole business of getting involved in a ‘war’, and finally gets depressed and throws down his weapon.
The Yoga of Knowledge
Lord Krishna teaches Arjuna about Truth and how he can reveal It and assuage his distress.
The Yoga of Action, Karma Yoga
Lord Krishna tells Arjuna that he should take up the path of action and explains Karma Yoga to him.
The Yoga of Renunciation of Action
Lord Krishna further explains Karma Yoga, what it is and how it works through the renunciation of action.
The Yoga of Renunciation
After giving us a good idea of how to proceed and what can be gained by this practice, Lord Krishna now takes up the subject of renunciation and surprises us with its true meaning.
The Yoga of Meditation
Now that we have understood the teachings to this point, we will learn about authentic yoga meditation, the proper conditions for its practice, and its outcome.
The Yoga of Truth
This chapter reminds us of previous teachings in new words in order to provide us with yet more ways to understand Truth, and how to prove God for ourselves.
The Yoga of the Imperishable
Now that we are convinced that there is something more, and that we want that something more, Lord Krishna reveals the process of how we got here, and how to recapture our imperishable state of Happiness.
The Secret Science of Royal Yoga
In this chapter, Lord Krishna tells Arjuna who and what He really is. As we listen in on their conversation, we discover that this Royal Yoga (Raja Yoga) harbors a secret to reaching this liberated state and attaining Absolute God/Truth.
Vibhuti Yoga – Power Yoga
Because Arjuna is taking so much delight in listening to Lord Krishna’s teachings, He is now in a position to deliver teachings that will be of the greatest value to Arjuna (and to us). To present these teachings, he tells Arjuna of his vibhutis, his powers and manifestations.
Vision of the Cosmic Form
Arjuna understands that Krishna is what He says He is. If this is something that can be seen, Arjuna wants to see it, so he asks Lord Krishna to reveal His true form. Seeing the wonders of this form, Arjuna is awed and inspired, but this quickly turns to fear and asking for the return of Lord Krishna’s gentle form.
Lord Krishna recounts the power of devotion. In this chapter we learn that there is more than one way to devotion, and consequently, to Lord Krishna. We also hear about the various qualities of devotees that make them dear to Him.
The Field & the Knower of the Field
In this chapter, Lord Krishna teaches Arjuna (and us) about Nature and Spirit. He discusses the sphere of action of the physical-material body and the one who knows it. Knowledge, the Knower and what is to be Known are the focus of His teachings, along with their relationship to the gunas of Nature.
The Gunas of Nature
There are three elements of Nature, called gunas. To varying degrees, and in different combinations, they interact, and cause various kinds of actions in the world and in people. Their influences are described in how they bind us, our states of being, how this affects our life, death, and rebirth, and how to get beyond all this and ascend to Union with the Divine.
Purushottama, the Highest Purusha
Meet the personal God you’ve heard about but have never seen. In this chapter, we discover that God is not only a Divine Individual entity, but is also Absolute. How good can it get? Seeking Truth by seeking the Absolute, or seeking God as a personal God, are equally effective, but most of us are more comfortable with something personal. We get what we want in this chapter.
The Divine & The Demonic
Because the Divine has already been given much attention, this chapter focuses mostly on the Demonic. Though it begins and ends with Divine characteristics, it addresses the outcomes of both.
By looking closely into the meanings of these verses, we find further clarification of the God-practice Lord Krishna has been teaching Arjuna (and us). Considering the element of risk Faith invokes, this chapter shows us that faith is the essence of surrender as defined in this God-practice.
The Yoga of Liberation Through Surrender
After recapping the essence of Yoga, we discover a very succinct verse called the Diamond Shloka that tells us everything we need to know and do in order to complete our journey Home. Then, in this final chapter, we get to discover one last ‘secret’ of Yoga, and the joy and wonder it brings.