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BG Chap 7 - Chapter Summary

Six types of devotees were enumerated in this chapter – kevala bhakta (verse 1), three sakāma bhaktas (verse 16), jñāna-miśra-bhakta (verse 16) and mokṣa-kāma-bhakta (verse 29). These devotees, who know the truth about the Lord, cross over māyā. Many subjects have been discussed in this chapter: the man in distress, the inquisitive man, the man in want of material necessities, knowledge of Brahman, knowledge of Paramātmā, liberation from birth, death and diseases, and worship of the Supreme Lord. However, he who is actually elevated in Kṛṣṇa consciousness does not care for the different processes. He simply directly engages himself in activities of Kṛṣṇa consciousness and thereby factually attains his constitutional position as an eternal servitor of Lord Kṛṣṇa. In such a situation he takes pleasure in hearing and glorifying the Supreme Lord in pure devotional service. He is convinced that by his doing so, all his objectives will be fulfilled. This determined faith is called dṛḍha-vrata, and it is the beginning of bhakti-yoga, or transcendental loving service. That is the verdict of all scriptures. This Seventh Chapter of the Bhagavad-gītā is the substance of that conviction. The six items – Brahman, adhyātma, karma, adhibhūta, adhidaiva and adhiyajña) – will be explained in the next chapter by Kṛṣṇa.

Thus ends Chapter 7 of Bhagavad gita culled from 'Bhagavad gita As it is' by Srila Prabhupada, 'As they surrender' by Bhurijana Prabhu, 'Sarartha Varsini' by Visvanatha Cakravarti Thakura and 'Gita Bhusana' by Baladeva Vidyabhusana.