That work is “Essays on the Gita” by Sri Aurobindo.
In the words of the great scholar Kapali Sastriar, “It constitutes a standing monument of his luminous contribution to the literature extant on the subject. It enters into an elaborate discussion of the many lines of philosophic thought with their practical bearing on life that are dealt with in the Gita and vividly brings to light the great synthesis arrived at therein of the three major paths of yoga, viz., jnana, bhakti and karma — the lines of knowledge, devotion and action.”
Our purpose in preparing this app is to present the Gita in the light of Sri Aurobindo, based on his commentaries.
This app is meant for the spiritual seeker who turns to the Gita for the Light to illumine his path and for the strength to follow it. It is meant for the person with a philosophical bent of mind who would like to understand its many-sided thought and rich synthesis. It is meant for the one who would like to enter deep into the spirit of Indian culture and it is also meant to help the sincere scholar in his search.
The app therefore contains a variety of material, presented in a manner which is easily accessible and usable. It contains the following sections:
1. The entire text of the Gita. The verses are given both in Devanagari and Roman transliteration followed by English translation, anvaya (the prose-order of the Sanskrit words) and word-by-word meaning.
2. The entire text of the “Essays on the Gita” by Sri Aurobindo, which forms volume 19 of the Complete Works of Sri Aurobindo, published by the Sri Aurobindo Ashram Trust, Pondicherry. It also contains an edited version of the English translation of Sri Aurobindo's Bengali writings on the Gita, and a few more writings of Sri Aurobindo and the Mother on the Gita. A brief life-sketch of Sri Aurobindo and the Mother have also been given here.
3. Several subsections providing specific information:
a. Chapter Outline: A verse-wise synopsis of all the 18 chapters of the Gita.
b. Chapter Summary: Summarises each chapter of the Gita.
c. Memorable Lines from the Gita: 80 frequently quoted lines from the Gita.
d. Names of Sri Krishna: Explains all 40 names of Sri Krishna appearing in the Gita.
e. Names of Arjuna: Explains all 22 names of Arjuna appearing in the Gita.
f. Arjuna’s Queries: A list of all the questions asked by Arjuna in the Gita.
g. Subject index: This covers almost all the important concepts or topics occurring in the Gita, listed alphabetically.
h. Pada or Quarter-verse index: This lists all the padas or quarter-verses of the Gita in Devanagari script according to the Devanagari alphabetical order. The same list is also given in Roman script following the Roman alphabetical order.
i. The Mahabharata: The Gita is a part of the epic Mahabharata. Therefore the main story of the Mahabharata has been given in brief.
j. Sri Krishna: Sri Krishna is the Divine Teacher in the Gita. The story of his life and a few passages from Sri Aurobindo and the Mother have been included here.