Most of the verses in this edition of the Bhagavad Gita were taken from my much larger book, The Essence of the Bhagavad Gita Explained by Paramhansa Yogananda. That volume contained also deeply insightful commentaries on one of the great scriptures of the world, containing, as the Gita does, the essence of the Upanishads, which in their turn offer the essence of the timeless Vedas, the scriptural lore of ancient India.
Included in this edition are a few verses that were omitted from that larger book. They include most of the first chapter (which that book only summarized), and the first ten verses (slokas) of Chapter Two.
I found it expedient to the flow, when writing the larger volume, to omit these slokas. As the reader studies them in this compendium of the entire Gita, I hope he will understand why I only summarized this material at first. These omitted verses form, in themselves, an almost complete dissertation.
I should add that it was owing to these first verses, particularly, that I conceived from the beginning an intense enthusiasm for my Gurus further commentary.
I urge any reader who feels benefited by these pages to take the trouble (assuming he has not done so already) to read the much larger volume, mentioned above. As my Guru, after finishing his mammoth work, stated to me with deep bliss: Millions will find God through this book!