Bhagavad Gita, Sri Ramakrishna, Swami Vivekananda

Structure of the Bhagavad Gita



Karma, Bhakti and Jnana Yoga (Structure of the Gita) hands (action), heart (Devotion), head (Knowledge)

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Structure of the Bhagavad Gita: Karma, Bhakti and Jnana Yoga

  1. Introduction to the Structure of the Bhagavad Gita: the Path of Wisdom
  2. Structure according to Swami Vivekananda
    1. Chapters I-VI: Karmashtakam (Karma Marga) - Karma Yoga
    2. Chapters VII-XII: Bhaktishtakam (Bhakti Marga) - Bhakti Yoga
    3. Chapters XIII-XVIII: Jnanashatakam (Jnana Marga) - Jnana Yoga
  3. Castes and the Structure of the Bhagavad Gita
  4. Matrix of the structure of the Bhagavad Gita: hands-heart-head
  5. Main themes of each chapter

Structure of the Bhagavad Gita: Karma, Bhakti, Jnana

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Throughout the training of the Gita Institute we follow the structure of the Bhagavad Gita proposed by Swami Vivekananda based on three parts:

  1. Chapters I-VI: Karma Yoga
  2. Chapters VII-XII: Bhakti Yoga
  3. Chapters XIII-XVIII: Jnana Yoga

Structure of the Bhagavad Gita
Structure of the Bhagavad Gita. Karma Yoga Course

The Bhagavad Gita according to Swami Vivekananda

Synthesis of the Paths of Yoga and Detachment (Swami Vivekananda) Bhagavad Gita
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We could also consider that the Bhagavad Gita is divided into three parts. The first chapter is introductory but at the same time fundamental, the next five chapters focus on the analysis of the individual spirit, the following chapters expose the nature of the universal spirit. The final chapters analyze the relationship between the two, arriving at their uniqueness. The Gita Institute will follow the definition of Swami Vivekananda.

In general, Chapter I- The Yoga of the Despondency of Arjuna is like an introduction to the rest of the chapters, Chapter II is a synthesis of the topics to be discussed and the last is a complete summary of the teachings of the Bhagavad Gita and the Yoga Philosophy.

Swami Sarvapriyananda (Vedanta Society of NY) believes that:

  1. Chapter I is introductory
  2. Chapter II contains the essence of the Bhagavad Gita, particularly verse 16
  3. From Chapter III to XVII basically Krishna answers Arjuna's doubts, and/or clarifies the issues raised
  4. Chapter XVIII contains a summary of the Bhagavad Gita

Swami Sarvapriyananda (monk Ramakrishna Order) Gita and Vedanta

Chapters of the Bhagavad Gita:

Chapters I-VI: Karmashtakam (Karma Marga) - Karma Yoga

Karma Yoga Block: Path of Selfless Action (“Hands”). 280 verses

  1. I- Yoga of the Despondency of Arjuna
  2. II- Yoga of Knowledge (Sankhya)
  3. III- Yoga of Action (Karma)
  4. IV- Yoga of Knowledge and Renunciation of Action
  5. V- Yoga of Renunciation of Action (Karma Sannyasa)
  6. VI- Yoga of Meditation

Chapters VII-XII: Bhaktishtakam (Bhakti Marga) - Bhakti Yoga

Bhakti Yoga Block: Path of Devotion to God (“heart”). 209 verses

  1. VII- Yoga of Knowledge of Brahman
  2. VIII- Yoga of the Imperishable Parabrahman
  3. IX- Yoga of Royal Knowledge
  4. X- Yoga of Divine Manifestations
  5. XI- Yoga of the Universal Form
  6. XII- Yoga of Devotion

Chapters XIII-XVIII: Jnanashatakam (Jnana Marga) - Jnana Yoga

Jnana Yoga Block: Path of Knowledge (“Cabeza”) 211 verses

  1. XIII- Yoga of the Field
  2. XIV- Yoga of the Differentiation of the three Gunas
  3. XV- Yoga of the Supreme Being
  4. XVI- Yoga of Divine Inheritance
  5. XVII- Yoga of the threefold Faith
  6. XVIII- Yoga of Liberation through Renunciation

Number of verses (shlokas) recited by the different protagonists of the Bhagavad Gita:

  1. Sri Krishna: 574 (82%)
  2. Arjuna: 84 (12%)
  3. Sanjaya: 41 (6%)
  4. Dhritarashtra: 1

Number of verses (shlokas) recited by the different protagonists of the Bhagavad Gita

Distribution of the 18 chapters of the Bhagavad Gita by verses and protagonists:

Distribución of the 18 chapters of the Bhagavad Gita por verses and protagonists

As we can see, Sri Krishna is the great protagonist of the Bhagavad Gita; It is important to note that in the first chapter he does not appear.

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