CHAPTER IV

Bhagavad Gita Chapter IV – Introduction

OVERVIEW – REFINED ACTION I Atman – the real Guru 1-8 II Atman and Action 9-17 III Actions do not Bind the Enlightened 18-23 IV The 12 Yajnas (sacrifices) 24-30 V Yajnas Culminate in Wisdom 31-37 VI Therefore Gain Wisdom 38-42 […]

Bhagavad Gita Chapter IV – Verse 1 & Verse 2

    1. Krishna speaks of the unique guru-shishya-parampara or preceptor-disciple lineage. He says – I taught Vivasvan, the sun god, of [...]

Bhagavad Gita Chapter IV – Verse 3 & Verse 4

    3. Arjuna has not fully understood Verse 2 so Krsna elaborates on it. He gives two reasons for giving this [...]

Bhagavad Gita Chapter IV – Verse 5 & Verse 6

    5. Krsna answers that both He and Arjuna have passed through many births. The only difference is that He knows [...]

Bhagavad Gita Chapter IV – Verse 7 & Verse 8

  7. Krsna gives His solemn word that whenever dharma righteousness declines and adharma unrighteousness increases ‘I will manifest Myself’. ‘I’ does [...]

Bhagavad Gita Chapter IV – Verse 9 & Verse 10

    9. This verse seems to contradict the previous one in which Krsna categorically says – I am born in every [...]

Bhagavad Gita Chapter IV – Verse 11 & Verse 12

    11. When Krsna says ‘Me’ He means Atman. The Self in Krsna is the same Self in all. It is [...]

Bhagavad Gita Chapter IV – Verse 13 & Verse 14

    13. The four varnas castes are based on the proportion of sattva, rajas and tamas in a person. The caste [...]

Bhagavad Gita Chapter IV – Verse 15 & Verse 16

    15. In this verse Krsna makes an emotional appeal, a distinct departure from the trend so far. Arjuna has respect [...]

Bhagavad Gita Chapter IV – Verse 17 & Verse 18

    17. Action should be known – niyatam karma obligatory action, positive action that results in self-purification. Niyatam karma falls in [...]

Bhagavad Gita Chapter IV – Verse 19 & Verse 20

    19. The wise call such a person a sage. Ordinary people do not recognize the greatness of the person. You [...]

Bhagavad Gita Chapter IV – Verse 21 & Verse 22

    21. Here Krsna speaks of being harmonious with the inner state. Nirasi – Without expectations. The intellect is not scheming [...]

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