The result of reading Bhagavad Gita literally is always nil. I have come across many even renowned scholars who laughed at my ignorance and said Bhagavad Gita contained so many management principles of life that could be applied to day-to-day routines of life.
I am surprised not at their ignorance but their goal of life. Bhagavad Gita relates to spirituality and only spirituality. It had nothing to do with daily routines of life, the manifest physical world.
What if I somewhat indulge in Bhagavad Gita and become a successful businessman like Bill Gates or Warren Buffett, only to rotate in endless cycles of birth and death again and again.
Bhagavad Gita is all about liberating self from cycle of birth and death forever. The cosmic principles of life contained in Bhagavad Gita can never be understood literally, it demands indulgence in contemplation (chintan) to reach the hidden underlying meaning.
I somehow mastered delicate art of contemplation six years of age. Since then it was never looking back as I could distinctly hear promptings of Lord Krishna coming from within my heart. Allegorically Lord Krishna is the spirit, consciousness existing in our heart and soul atman.
Guided by voice of Lord Krishna from within 37 years of age I finally completed my spiritual journey, reaching the state of self realization, god realization.
From my experience I can say reading through Bhagavad Gita truly means nothing. The essence of life lay in understanding the hidden underlying precepts of spirituality contained in Bhagavad Gita. On the mere surface Bhagavad Gita carried nothing. Everything was hidden. It needed power of contemplation to unearth jnana wisdom contained in Bhagavad Gita.
If we are serious about spirituality and understanding Bhagavad Gita we must master the art of contemplation (chintan) at an early age. Sitting in company of so-called enlightened teachers would also not help. Those sitting in company of Maharshi Ramana had to contemplate to understand the meaning of his words and same was the case with Sri Ramakrishna Paramhansa.