तदेकं वद निश्िचत्य येन श्रेयोऽहमाप्नुयाम् ।।
tatkiṃ karmaṇi ghore māṃ niyojayasi keśava ।।
vyāmiśreṇeva vākyena buddhiṃ mohayasīva me।
tadekaṃ vada niśicatya yena śreyo'hamāpnuyām।।
Arjuna is confused at this stage. He wants to know why Krishna is commanding him to do the inferior karma-yoga when he can undertake the superior jnana-yoga.
Jnana-yoga mandates Mind & Indriya-s are fully withdrawn from external factors to meditate on Atma
These 2 are diametrically opposite activities. How can it be said that Karma-yoga is the stepping stone for Jnana-Yoga?
'घोरे' shabda doesn't mean cruelty inducing karma. Rather, it is to be taken as 'opposed to jnana-yoga'
When both karma & jnana are sadhana for Mukti, how is it possible to separate both? How do we say that 'karma' is inferior to 'jnana'?
Oh Janardana, Why do you command me to do inferior 'karma'?
If it is true that a same person cannot undertake both Karma & Jnana yoga-s at the same time, I earnestly ask you to ordain one yoga for me to follow.
Unborn One. Destroyer of Birth & Death. If jnana is superior to karma, then my Lord why do you ordain me to undertake the inferior one?
You know that karma-s are filled with raga-dvesha-s & make it very cruel. My mind is confused & I pray you clear my apprehensions