[For the Disciple—A Guide]
"Devotion by means of the Kingly Knowledge and the Kingly Mystery."
This Chapter marks the closing of the first half of the Bhagavad-Gita, and serves as a summation of that already said.
Krishna is seen to make a change in addressing Arjuna. He calls him "thee who findeth no fault." Earlier, Arjuna had been contentious and impatient with Krishna's explanations. Arjuna has progressed. (Gita, p. 64)
Krishna states that Spiritual Knowledge is:
[It may be noted that Krishna died 3,102 B.C. when the Black Age (Kali Yuga) started. The Secret Doctrine states that the first 5,000 year cycle of this vast age (432,000 years) ends 1897-98. We may assume that the Bhagavad-Gita contains in succinct form the Message of Krishna, as the Supreme Spiritual Personage for the Kali Yuga age. Theosophy is a continuation of that great effort, as Krishna's message will reverberate down the succeeding ages.]
Those who are deluded are unacquainted with this true state of the Universe. Deluded, they are of vain hopes, confused in action, reason and knowledge and thus, they incline to evil and deceitful principles.
The Wise, knowing Krishna to be the Spirit of the Universe, and the indivisible, imperishable principle of all things, recognize Him as the highest in all manifestation. Krishna offers more examples of excellence, saying:
Those who chose to follow the Vedas obtain a limited benefit, and return to rebirth when the stock of their merit is exhausted. Krishna then adds:
[Reading this, we may surmise that these words convey a secret message. The Supreme Spirit, Krishna, is everywhere. Respect and obedience are due to Him, who is seated in our own heart, as in the heart of every other being. Every creature we contact deserves our careful consideration. If we limit our view to our own personalities, we will be shutting out the sense of brotherliness that marks true devotion. We keep Krishna far from our understanding and our life.]
The result of every one of our choices is called karma, and pleasure or pain follows inevitably the motive and the wisdom, or foolishness, of our choices. We can blame no one but ourselves for our present. We are engaged in shaping our future. A change of mind is needed if these statements are true. (Gita, pp. 67-8)
Again Krishna repeats: