Following is an excerpt from an Audio Class on Bhagavad Gita Chapter 4 – Verse 1-10 – Part 01.
In chapter 4 of Bhagavad Gita, Krishna is giving the knowledge to Arjuna which will be important for him during the war time and this knowledge is the connection between chapter 3 and 4 of Bhagavat Gita.
Krishna tells Arjuna that the knowledge which he is going to share with him is not any ordinary or new knowledge which just came up his mind but it is 2.5 million years old. So now Arjuna is in the shock mode after knowing that the knowledge which Krishna is going to share is 2.5 million years old but Krishna and Arjuna both are 125 years old so how is this possible? Arjuna thinks about it.
The Kaal Chakra is controlled by Sun and Sun is controlled by Krishna. So Arjuna realizes that Krishna is not just a friend but more than that as he is actually controlling the time and that he is very important too. Krishna tells Arjuna that this knowledge is old and one needs to receive this knowledge in a traditional way. Now Krishna is making this clear to Arjuna that one can understand this knowledge only if he is a devotee or a friend of Krishna and it is possible only if you pray to Krishna and ask for his shelter. Therefore, a devotee means to become ‘Bhakta’ and ‘Sakha’ and not to do intellectual jugglery and dismissing God by intellectual analysis but just become faithful to Krishna. The knowledge will be revealed to those only who become faithful and those who are devoted to Krishna. Basically this knowledge of Krishna consciousness means God and spirituality can be understood, and this will happen only if we’re conscious and devoted towards Krishna. We cannot understand this knowledge simply by logic as spiritual knowledge is consciousness specific and state specific and not knowledge specific. It does not depended on how much knowledge you have but it is dependent on what mode you have and what is your character.
So Krishna makes it clear to Arjuna that they both may be of same age but both of them are not same as Krishna has gone through so many incarnations and has appeared so many times and he remembers everything. Krishna says that he maybe unborn but he is the Lord of every living entity. The reason why Krishna appears so many times is only to please his devotees as they pray to Krishna and to reciprocate the prayers Krishna comes again and again and in Kalyuga he comes in the form of Holy name ‘Hare Krishna’. So chanting Hare Krishna means to associate with Krishna and making a commitment means taking one step closer to Krishna.