Essence of Gita (Gita Saar) – Part 1

Chapter 1 ­ Due only to worldly attachments man is trapped in the dilemma ­ “What should I do and what should I not do?” and is unable to do his duty. Therefore one should not come under the sway of delusion and desire for happiness. ­

Chapter 2 ­ This body is destructible, and the knower of this body is indestructible (avinashi) – giving importance to this discrimination (vivek) and fulfilling our duties – on imbibing and rendering useful any one of these two solutions, worries (chintaa) and grief (shok) will end. ­

Chapter 3 ­Simply by doing one’s duties promptly, primarily for the well­being of others, without being attached to the fruits of these actions, one can attain their supreme good. ­

Chapter 4 ­ There are two ways for being released from the bondage of actions (karmabandhan) 1) Realizing the essential nature of activity (karmon ka tattva janana), and doing duties in a selfless manner (niswaarth bhaava) or 2) Realizing the Truth, the Supreme Knowledge (tattva jnana). ­

Chapter 5 ­ Faced with favorable and unfavorable circumstances, one should not become happy or sad. A man that becomes happy or sad from changing situations is unable to rise above worldly matters and is unable to experience eternal joy (param anand). ­

Chapter 6 ­ With any spiritual practice, there should be equanimity (samtaah) within. Without equanimity, a human being cannot entirely become free of mental agitations (nirvikaar) and attain peace. ­

Chapter 7 ­ Everything is God – accepting this is the best of all spiritual practices. ­

Chapter 8 ­ Depending on the last thought, this embodied Soul attains its end. Therefore man should at all times be engaged in remembrance (smaran) of God, and at the same time he should fulfill his duties in life. Doing so, even at the end, man will remain in remembrance of God. ­

Chapter 9 ­ All men have the right to attain God Realization, whatever may be their caste, stage in life, organization (sect), country, race, color etc.

to be continued ….

From “Saar Sangrah” by Swami Ramsukhdasji Maharaj