desire neither victory nor pleasure nor kingdom, O Krishna. What is the use of the kingdom, or enjoyment, or even life? – Arjuna

In the Bhagavad Gita Krishna tells Arjuna, “Give up everything and come to my feet.” And from our point it seems like an egoistic statement.

Well what does Krishna really tell Arjuna? When he says, “Leave everything and come to my feet,” he means that you should set aside everything and go to the feet of life itself. Krishna tells Arjuna to fight and yet if we look at the dialogue between the two, Arjuna appears to be more religious and what Krishna says is not religious at all, Krishna provokes him to fight, and Arjuna refuses to do so. He says, “It is painful to kill my own people. I won’t kill them even for the sake of a kingdom and a king’s throne. I would rather go begging in the  street,  and commit suicide than kill my relatives, friends and teachers who are fighting on the other side.

Is Arjuna wrong? He is filled with a sense of righteousness, that he is on the path of religion. Some may argue that he is a sage, a man of wisdom. But Krishna says to him, “You have gone mad and are deluded. Your sense of religion has left you.”

He tells Arjuna, “You are mad if you think you can kill someone as no-one ever dies. It is an illusion and you are mistaken to think you can save those standing before you. Whoever has saved anyone? And you can’t escape war, nor can you be non-violent because as long as the I exists – and it is this I that is anxious to save itself and it’s family relatives – non violence is next to impossible. Now, be rid of this nonsense and  face your reality. Accept what is facing you, it is not a temple where prayers are made, it is war, it is war you are facing and you have your part to play. So drop your I and fight.”