The seventeenth chapter of the Bhagavad Gita is called the “Sraddhā-Traya-Vibhāga-Yoga,” which means the “Yoga of the Three Divisions of Faith.” This chapter discusses the importance of faith and how it influences our actions.
The chapter begins with Arjuna asking Krishna about the nature of faith, how it affects one’s actions, and how it can be classified. In response, Krishna explains that there are three types of faith based on the qualities of nature or “gunas”: sattva (goodness), rajas (passion), and tamas (ignorance).
Krishna goes on to explain that the food we eat, the sacrifices we make, the austerities we perform, and even our charity, should all be done with the pure intention of serving God. He stresses the importance of offering our actions to God as a sacrifice, which is known as “yajna.” Krishna also emphasizes the importance of giving without expecting anything in return, and performing actions without attachment to the results.
Furthermore, Krishna explains that those who perform their duties with a pure heart, without any ulterior motives or desires, attain peace and spiritual realization. He also stresses the importance of studying and following the scriptures, and seeking the guidance of a spiritual master to attain true faith and knowledge.
In conclusion, the Sraddhā-Traya-Vibhāga-Yoga emphasizes the importance of having pure faith in God and the need to perform one’s duties with devotion and detachment, while seeking the guidance of a spiritual teacher and studying the scriptures. By following these principles, one can attain peace and spiritual realization.