In answer to Arjuna’s severe misgivings, Krishna explains the Yoga of Knowledge. he says: ‘Arjuna, is this hour of battle the time for scruples and fancies? Are they worthy of you who seek enlightenment? Any brave man who merely hopes for fame or heaven would despise them. What is this weakness? It is beneath you. Is it for nothing that men call you the foe-consumer? Shake off this cowardice, Arjuna. Stand up.’
Arjuna continues to debate the rights or wrongs of this war, and the noble people who he must fight and kill. Krishna explains that the soul does not die and he says: ‘Worn-out garments are shed by the body: worn-out bodies are shed by the dweller within the body. new bodies are donned by the dweller, like garments.’
So we meet the eternal spiritual debate. Is there life after death? Do we believe in reincarnation?
Krishna recommends releasing attachment to actions. He recommends steadiness of purpose. he says: ‘Water flows continually into the ocean but the ocean is never disturbed: desire flows into the mind of the seer but he is never disturbed. The seer knows peace: the man who stirs up his own lusts can never know peace. He knows peace who has forgotten desire. He lives without craving: free from ego, free from pride.’