Chapter Three: 1,2
|Arjuna said: If it be thought by thee that knowledge is superior to
action, O Krishna, why then dost thou ask me to engage in this terrible action.
With these apparently perplexing words, thou confusest, as it were, my understanding; therefore tell me that one way for certain by which I may attain bliss.
The pendulum swings from one extreme to the other - that is its nature. The subtle middle path where the opposites blend is elusive and the gross mind refuses even to believe in it or see it. We all know what is activity. We all know what is knowledge. With us knowledge is in the mind and action flows from the limbs. We do not even feel it necessary to find their point of contact or the subtle middle path where God meets man, where the divine meets and blends into life, forming divine life. In it there is no contradiction between knowledge and action. On the contrary, knowledge is action.
In the absence of true understanding, confusion is quite natural; it is inherent in the very nature of the mind, but the vain ego always tries to blame it on others! Krishna did not confuse Arjuna; the confusion is in Arjuna's own mind. This is extremely difficult to see in the initial stages of our spiritual progress.
The disciple (Arjuna) is yet keen on attaining the sreyas (the ultimate good). Whenever we are on the horns of a dilemma (even a real one), we should look for the path that will lead us to our ultimate spiritual good, the sreya-marga. Much of our misery is due to the fact that very often we are satisfied with superficial solutions that yield immediate satisfaction, though it may be temporary and unsatisfactory in the long run. The sincere spiritual aspirant has his eyes riveted on thesreyas.
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