The Bhagavad Gita – Capsule 5

The Bhagavad Gita in Capsules – Chapter 5

The book “The Prasthānatraya – An Introduction” by Revered Swami Harshananda, President of Ramakrishna Math, Bengaluru was published in 2001. The Swami has bestowed on us a summary of the 18 chapters of the Bhagavad Gita of Lord Krishna. I bow my head in reverence and in praise of Swamiji and pray for his blessings in my taking the liberty of retyping the summary from the book and posting it in my blog.

This is the Summary of the fifth chapter, Karma Sanyāsa Yoga


Arjuna, already confused, once again asks Srīkrishna, which of the two – Karma Sanyāsa or Karmayoga – is better for him. Srīkrishna says that though both will ultimately lead to nissreyasa or beautitude, Karmayoga is to be preferred.

It is only the ignorant that consider these two paths as different. The path of Karma Sanyāsa is difficult to practise without the aid of Karmayoga.

One who works in the true spirit of Karmayoga is never tainted by those actions.

The secret is equanimity born out of being established in God.

Self-control is a great help in this.


Courtesy: Swami Harshananda  (emphases, if any, are mine. – nytanaya)

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