व्यामिश्रेणेव वाक्येन बुद्धिं मोहयसीव मे।
तदेकं वद निश्िचत्य येन श्रेयोऽहमाप्नुयाम्।।3.2।।
।।3.1 3.2।।अर्जुन बोले हे जनार्दन अगर आप कर्मसे बुद्धि(ज्ञान) को श्रेष्ठ मानते हैं तो फिर हे केशव मुझे घोर कर्ममें क्यों लगाते हैं आप अपने मिले हुए वचनोंसे मेरी बुद्धिको मोहितसी कर रहे हैं। अतः आप निश्चय करके एक बात कहिये जिससे मैं कल्याणको प्राप्त हो जाऊँ।
What Arjuna is trying to ascertain from Lord Krishna is if the cultivation of spiritual knowledge is superior to performing physical activities for the attainment of liberation and if so then why should one engage in horrendous activities like war and killing. It is well known that jnana yoga or the cultivation of spiritual knowledge is the means to accomplish self-realisation of the soul. Karma yoga or performing physical activities without attachment leads one gradually to jnana yoga. This path of spiritual knowledge can be attained by with drawing all the senses along with the mind from the objects of the senses. If this is the case then Arjuna is wondering why he is not being instructed in the cessation of all physical activities; but instead he is being encouraged to fully use his mind and senses to engage in all of the violent and horrific activities that accompany warfare. Feeling confused by the conflicting instructions of with drawing the senses and the performance of actions, Arjuna now wants a single, unequivocal instruction to determine for certain exactly what course he should embark to achieve the highest good.