The Core of Teaching (Chapter-4 of ESSAYS ON GITA by Sri Aurobindo)

The Bhagavat Gita is one of the major spiritual works of the world. It forms an integral part of the Mahabharata and is the teaching given by Sri Krishna to Arjuna, when Arjuna faced a crisis of confidence, seeing the huge armies facing him, at the start of the great Mahabharata war. The Gita consists of 700 verses divided into 18 chapters. Sri Aurobindo has given his interpretation of the Gita, in the light of his experience, in the Essays on the Gita. The Essays on the Gita is not a verse by verse commentary on the Gita but Sri Aurobindo approaches the Gita in a large catholic and non-sectarian spirit and brings out the essential teachings in a clear, lucid and harmonious manner and in terms of language addressed to the modern intellectual man.

Sankhya and Yoga (Chapter-8 of ESSAYS on GITA by Shri Aurobindo)

Man and the Battle of Life (Chapter-6 of ESSAYS ON GITA by Sri Aurobindo)

The Human Disciple (Chapter-3 of ESSAYS ON GITA by Sri Aurobindo

“What the great, the supreme word of the Gita is, its mahavakya, we have not to seek, for the Gita declares it in its last utterance, the crowning note of the great diapason “With th Lord in thy heart take refuge with all thy being; by His grace thou shalt attain to the supreme peace and the eternal status. So have I expounded to thee a knowledge more secret than that which is hidden. Further hear the most secret, the supreme word that I shall speak to thee. Become my-minded, devoted to Me, to Me do sacrifice and adoration; infallibly, thou shalt come to Me, for dear to Me art thou. Abandoning all laws of conduct seek refuge in Me alone. I will release thee from all sin; do not grieve.”(Essays on the Gita pg 34)


“The weakness of the human heart wants only fair and comforting truths or in their absence pleasant fables; it will not have the truth in its entirety because there there is much that is not clear and pleasant and comfortable but hard to understand and harder to bear” (Essays on the Gita pg 381)

Religion Book Review- Essays on the Gita New U.S. Paperback Ed. by Sri Aurobindo Aurobindo Ghos...
It is not the ancient Indian thinkers alone, but many leaders of modern times had also taken it as a text for expounding their noblest thoughts. Many books such as Tilak’s Gita Rahasya, Aurobindo’s Essays on Gita and Mahatma Gandhi’s Anasakti Yoga show the continued preference and admiration for Gita over centuries. In the Essays on the Gita Sri Aurobindo mentions the names of three Avatars, and Christ is one of them. An Avatar is an emanation of the Supreme Lord who assumes a human body on earth. I have heard Sri Aurobindo himself say that Christ was an emanation of the Lord’s aspect of love. (CWM, Vol. 10, p. 61) We are all aware of the supreme importance and the role the teachings of Gita play in the Indian spiritual life, but it would be pertinent to also know the important influence the Gita had on the life of both Sri Aurobindo and the Mother. The Gita, along with the Upanishads, was Sri Aurobindo’s companion in Alipore jail, where he had an intimate communion with Sri Krishna (the Lord of the Gita) and specifically followed the Gita’s yoga. Here, in jail, putting the Gita’s teaching into practice, Sri Aurobindo was constantly guided by Sri Krishna, whom afterwards he declared to have been the master of his yoga. The Gita formed an integral part of the foundation of his avataric realization – which is one reason why his Essays on the Gita remains an essential source of inspiration for all who want to follow in his footsteps (Preparing for the miraculous pg 79). The first step is Karmayoga, the selfless sacrifice of works, and here the Gita’s insistence is on action. The second is Jnana-yoga, the self-realisation and knowledge of the true nature of the self and the world, and here the insistence is on knowledge, but the sacrifice of works continues and the path of works becomes one with but does not disappear into the path of knowledge. The last step is Bhaktiyoga, adoration and seeking of the supreme Self as the Divine Being, and here the insistence is on devotion; but the knowledge is not subordinated, only raised, vitalised and fulfilled, and still the sacrifice of works continues; the double path becomes the triune way of knowledge, works and devotion. And the fruit of the sacrifice, the one fruit still placed before the seeker, is attained, Union with the divine Being and oneness with the supreme divine Nature.” (Essays on Gita pg 34-35.)
Sankhya Yoga and Vedanta (Chapter-9 of ESSAYS on GITA by Shri Aurobindo)

Essay Example on Bhagavad Gita | Examples and Samples

has written an excellent essay on this - Our Demand and Need from the Gita, from the book Essays on Gita. He beautifully points out how different commentators have conveniently used the Gita to propagate specific schools of thought like Advaitam, Dvaitam. He goes on to say that the Gita is a far more powerful synthesis that continues to be of great practical utility for humanity.

This book is a chapter-by-chapter summary of Sri Aurobindo’s Essays on the Gita and serves as a companion-guide to aid its study.

Essays on the Gita by Sri Aurobindo (free ebook)

Sri Aurobindo has written that an Avatar “is never in fact merely a prophet, he is a realizer, and establisher---of something essential and radical needed for the terrestrial evolution which is the evolution of the embodied spirit through successive stages towards the Divine.” (CWSA vol 28, pg 491). And in the Essays on Gita, Sri Aurobindo states: “The crisis in which the Avatar appears, though apparent to the outward eye only as crisis of events and great material changes, is always in its source and real meaning, a crisis in the consciousness of humanity when it has to undergo some grand modification and effect some new development. For this action of change a divine force is needed.....” (CWSA vol 19 pg 168).

This book is a chapter-by-chapter summary of Sri Aurobindo’s Essays on the Gita and serves as a companion-guide to aid its study.

Essays on the Gita : Playsets: Backyard Toys

This is only a short and necessarily partial exposition of what Sri Aurobindo has said in the Essays on Gita. As already mentioned earlier, Gita’s teaching had a profound influence on Sri Aurobindo’s yoga and it would be worthwhile to pursue the Essays on Gita directly and in its entirety.