By Diptimayee parida | bangalore August 19, 2017
The Bhagvat Gita is full of contradictions. It is very difficult to understand. It can understand only by seeing it totality. In Gita, at one point Krishna tells Arjun that action is the most important and without action one will be nowhere. But in another place he tells him that action is good but knowledge is better. The Krishna says, “You must become a yogi and drop everything around you.” In another way Krishna tells him, he is intelligent to see action in inaction and vice versa. So every action has inaction and every inaction has got an action connected to it.
Krishna tells Arjun in chapter six, if he is confused then he has to meditate. Finally he says he is the actual yogi as I am with him in every condition whether he meditates or not.
Another place Krishna says Arjun that no one dear to him and then gives a list of qualifications for those he really loves. Krishna is like a best friend to Arjun. Except Vidur and Udhava nobody even thought he was enlightened. According to them they are very smart including Arjun also.
Then Krishna gives him a vision for a moment, he saw the universe appears as a manifestation of Krishna to Arjun. Arjun see all of creation, everything the mountains and the rivers, the past present and future dissolving in Krishna. For an instant, the whole of life, the universe, all memories play out like a movie and frighten Arjun. This is called the “Vishwa Roopa Darshana” the vision of the universal.
Krishna tried about the yagyas, principles and laws of the universe, sanyasa and how to be centered. But at last it was the display of the universal vision worked on Arjun. When Arjun wants to give up Krishna tells him to think and do which is best for him. Then Arjun’s mind is clear. Krishna had to speak through 18 chapters to get him this point. Krishna could have done it at 1st chapter, but it is the beautiful way to flow this knowledge.
Hence everything may show to be all contradictory from all angles, but that is the reality.