To understand that we can’t understand Krishna is the key to understanding Him (Gita Daily)

Published on Apr 21, 2014

Based on Bhagavad Gita Chapter 11, Text 01
By Chaitanya Charan Das

In the Bhagavad-gita, Arjuna admits (10.14) that even superhuman beings such as gods can’t understand Krishna. Thereby, he conveys that he too can’t understand Krishna.
Yet this admission doesn’t dampen Arjuna’s eagerness to know more about Krishna, as is evident in his request (10.16) that Krishna speak his glories in detail. After hearing those glories in the tenth chapter, Arjuna states (11.01) that Krishna’s merciful words have dispelled his illusion.
Does this mean that Arjuna has now understood Krishna fully? No, because he like all of us is forever a finite soul, and the finite can never fully understand the infinite.
Then to what does Arjuna’s statement refer?
It refers to the removal of the illusion that had at the Gita’s start obscured his understanding of Krishna’s plan — the illusion that had made him flinch and falter in his devotional service. The restoration of his determination to serve Krishna is evident in his declaration (18.73) at the Gita’s end.

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