Give Up - In Gita Verse 2.3 O son of Pṛthā, do not yield to this degrading impotence. It does not become you. Give up such petty weakness of heart and arise, O chastiser of the enemy.
Now Krishna calls Arjuna as son of Pṛthā, Kunti. He gave him small jurk again so he can hear in totality, he can come back to himself. I wrote in my Bhagavad Gita Verse 1.25, importance of this jerk.
Right now where Arjuna is he cannot listen. Only the possibility is to hear totally. So Krishna called him son of Pṛthā. He tells him “do not yield to this degrading impotence”, means the thinking which has not come through your observation and watchfulness it’s not worth. It will degrade you to impotence. It’s not life, it’s stuckness, where all your quality and skill will become impotence. Your bravery will not be able to take any actions. You are not this. Become self-alert.
Krishna says “Give up such petty weakness of heart and arise, O chastiser of the enemy.” Drop your petty weakness, you can drop your weakness only if you you become watchful.
Arjuna’s misery is nothing but his unconsciousness.
Misery is a state of unconsciousness. We are miserable because we are not aware of what we are doing, of what we are thinking, of what we are feeling - so we are continuously contradicting ourselves each moment. Action goes in one direction, thinking goes in another, feeling is somewhere else. We go on falling apart, we become more and more fragmented.
There are only two ways out of it. They can become meditators - alert, aware, conscious... that's an arduous thing. It needs guts. Or the cheaper way is to find something that can make you even more unconscious than you are, so you cannot feel the misery, like drugs and alcohol, sometimes even religion...
Krishna is giving a wake up call to Arjuna, to become self-alert, watchful.
The only thing that he has to learn is to be watchful. Watch! Watch every act you do. Watch every thought that passes in your mind. Watch every desire that takes possession of you. Watch even small gestures - walking, talking, eating, taking a bath. Go on watching everything. Let everything become an opportunity to watch.
And when you watch, a clarity arises. Why does clarity arise out of watchfulness? Because the more watchful you become the more your hastiness slows down. You become more graceful. As you watch, your chattering mind chatters less, because the energy that was causing chattering is turning and becoming watchfulness - it is the same energy! Now more and more energy will be transformed into watchfulness, and the mind will not get its nourishment. Thoughts will start becoming thinner, they will start losing weight. Slowly, slowly they will start dying. And as thoughts start dying, clarity arises. Now your mind becomes a mirror.
And when one is clear, one is blissful. Confusion is the root cause of misery; it is clarity that is the foundation of blissfulness.
Don’t misunderstand the word blissfulness. Blissfulness is a state when you are connected with your subjectivity. It has nothing to do with happiness and unhappiness, love and hate. When you are connected with your subjectivity you are blissful. That’s the state when you are ready to deliver your assignment of the universe. There will not be the thought of objective world but you will be watchful regarding objective world without any interference. There is deep silence in you. You act but that action is of non-doer.
Krishna very gently reminds Arjuna who he is and what he can deliver. He is not even saying that remember your assignment and get up. He reminds him his strength. He address him as “O chastiser of the enemy.” This is what compassion is even after Arjuna kept aside his arms and not sure in which direction he wants to move. Krishna whispers to him, reminds him his strength, through all this he is directing his energy towards his consciousness. Once he is back in his self-alertness then all this misery will disappear and he will take action towards his assignment of the universe.