BG Chap 15 - Chapter Overview

In this chapter Kṛṣṇa explains that detachment is the means to get relieved from the cycle of birth and death, that the soul is a part of Him, and that He is the Supreme Personality of Godhead endowed with wonderful qualities, being superior to matter and the soul.

Although the jīva is naturally endowed with eight qualities and is filled with knowledge and bliss, he associates with the guṇas of prakṛti according to his karma. He overcomes this association by discriminating knowledge, culminating in bhakti to the Lord. Gaining that, the jīva attains his constitutional position, takes shelter of the Lord and remains forever with Him in bliss. Detachment which causes steadiness in that discriminating knowledge about the jīva, the jīva’s position as an aṁśa of the Lord, and the Lord’s supreme position over all others are described in this chapter. These topics are useful for discriminating prakṛti, jīva and the Lord, for inspiring bhakti, realizing one’s svarūpa and surrendering full to the Lord.