Bhagavad Gita – Essence and Summary

Essence of Gita

This is a small booklet of less than 40 verses of the Gita with short notes to convey the essence of the Gita.

You can download the PDF file here.

This booklet can serve as a primer or an introduction to the Gita. It can also be used for daily or occasional chanting. It is formatted so that it can be printed in booklet form in to neat 28 page booklet including a cover page.

 Gita Summary

Swami Paramarthananda Saraswathi has written a translation of the Bhagavad Gita. It has chapter summaries, word-by-word meaning and verse meaning. For sake of convenience, the book comes as 10 parts with a few chapters in each part. This is used by the students of Swamiji in his Gita classes.

We found that an authoritative summary of the Gita is needed for people who are interested in the Gita, but are not ready to read the full book verse by verse. So the students of Vivekananda Study Circle at IISc Bangalore prepared this collection of the summaries from the book by Swami Parmarthanandaji. We hope this is useful to everyone who is interested in the Gita.

You can download the PDF file here.



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  1. Namaskaar Guru ji,

    I think that the entire Shrimad Bhagwad Geeta gives only one message that Parmeshwar Aaradhana (Dhyaan or Chintan) is the only real Karma.

    In Adhyay 2, Bhagwan Shri Krishna mentions the Karma but does not tell what is the real Karma.

    In Adhyay 3, Bhagwan Shri Krishna tells that the Yagnya Kriya is the only Karma. Anything other than Yagnya Kriya is Bandhan (bondage – reason for life and birth in various life forms).

    In Adhyay 4, Bhagwan Shri Krishna tells that Yagnya Karma is done while chanting OM while focusing on breath and thinking about only one Parmeshwar. This Yagnya Karma is done in solitude and without any desires.

    Only this Karma results in Yog – realizing the true nature of Aatma that is Parmaatma. This happens only in heart. Thus, Yagnya Karma is Dhyaan which happens inside the heart.

    Please refer to Yatharth Geeta.



    • Dear Shrikanthji,

      There are so many schools of interpretation of the Gita. We follow the interpretation of Sri Sankaracharya, as expounded today by Swami Paramarthanandaji. That is what is presented in this website.

      With regards.