Om tatsaditi srimadbhagavadgnasapanisarsu brahmemidyayam
yogasastre srikrsnarjunasarimvade sraddhearayavibhagayogo
Thus with Om, Tat, Sat, the names of the Lord, in the Upanisad of the Bhagavadgita, the knowledge of Brahma, the supreme, the science of Yoga and the dialogue between Sr Krsna and Arjuna, this the seventeenth discourse is designated:-
"The Yoga of Division of the Threefold faith.,"
In this chapter, faith has been divided into three kinds - sattvika (good), rajasika (passionate) and tamasika (ignorant or dull). One, who knows the threefold faith, in the right perspective, will possess good faith and renounce, the passionate and the dull ones. As soon as, he renounces the two (because of his good faith), he realizes his real and eternal affinity, with God, which is natural. So the discourse has been designated: "The Yoga of Division of the Threefold faith."
Words, letters and Uvaca (said) in the Seventeenth Chapter
- In this chapter in 'Atha saptadaso'dhyayah' there are three words, in 'Arjuna Uvaca' etc., there are four words, in verses there are three hundred and thirty-eight words and there are thirteen concluding words. Thus the total number of words, is three hundred and fifty-eight.
- In this chapter in 'Atha saptadado'dhyayah' there are eight letters, in 'Arjuna Uvaca' etc., thirteen letters, in the verses there are eight hundred and ninety-six letters and there are fifty-one concluding letters. Thus the total number of letters, is nine hundred and sixty-eight.
Each of the verses, in the chapter consists of thirty-two letters.
- In this chapter the term 'Uvaca' (said) has been used two times—'Arjuna Uvaca' and 'Sribhagavanuvaca'.
Metres Used in the Seventeenth Chapter
Out of the twenty-eight verses of this chapter, in the first quarter of the third verse 'ma-gana' and in its third quarter bhagana' being used there is 'samkirna-vipula' metre, in the first quarters of the tenth and twelfth verses and in the third quarters of the twenty-fifth and twenty-sixth verses, 'na-gana' being used there is 'na-vipula' metre; in the first quarters of sixteenth and seventeenth verses, 'ma-gana' being used there is 'ma-vipula' metre; in the third quarter of the eleventh verse, 'bha-gana' being used there is 'bha-vipula' metre; and in the first quarter of the nineteenth verse 'ra-gana being used there is 'ra-vipula' metre. The remaining nineteen verses, have the characteristics of right, 'pathyavaktra' Anustup metre.