[Advaita-l] Re: Arjuna's paramArtha jnAna

Vidyasankar Sundaresan svidyasankar at hotmail.com
Fri Jul 4 15:01:42 CDT 2003

> >  prabhuji, if arjuna, being  a kshatriya, was entitled (adhikAra) to do
>only karma yOga , why krishna had to tell him other three yogAs prabhuji??

It is not about his being kshatriya, because saMnyAsa is open to kshatriyas 
too. It is just that, in his own specific personal situation, Arjuna was 
entitled to do karma, not to renounce it yet.

>straightaway krishna could have convinced arjuna to discharge his kshatriya
>dharma (karma yOga would have been more than enough for arjuna at that
>particular point of time).  Why sAnkhya, bhakti etc. prabhuji?? It triggers
>one more doubt, has Krishna identified the wrong person (person who is not
>fully ready to receive the divine knowledge)to bestow brahma vidyA??

The reason Krishna talks about all different paths is because he had to tell 
Arjuna what is the correct path of renunciation and knowledge, in order for 
Arjuna to understand that it was wrong of him to seek to renounce at that 
particular juncture, when the battle had to be fought.

> >  Moreover, if we see at the end, after listening to gItOpadEsha arjuna
>said to krishna  "nashtO mOhaH smutirlabdA! tvatprasAdAnmayAchuta!!
>sthitOsmi gata samshayaH! karishye vachanaM tava!!

His doubt vanished regarding the battle he was due to fight, and his duty 
was clear. He did not claim to have all root avidyA removed, nor is it said 
so anywhere in the Gita.


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