3.1 Blessed One, if you think discernment is superior to decisive action, why do you insist that I carry out this destructive act, inquired Arjuna.
3.2 Your speech is ambiguous and clouds my reason—please tell me the best way that will guarantee my spiritual salvation?
3.3 The Blessed One responded: Arjuna, since the beginning of this world I have bestowed a two-fold devotion: the contemplative path wherein pure gnosis is emphasized, and the active path of service, effective through selfless action.
Great verse that depicts the two-fold path of spiritual service: devotion for gnosis for those who are pure-contemplatives by nature (Jnana Yoga), and devotion to work for those whose spirit is strengthened through devoted and selfless action (Karma Yoga). This depicts the spiritual qualities of the yogin; indeed, some are pure-contemplatives (monastic-hermit types) whose karma is more gnosis-bent, and those, (like Arjuna), whose mission in life is to actively protect and propagate the Dharma. Yet, we shall soon discover that one way is not exclusive to the other; both contemplative AND active dimensions need to strike a harmonic chord in order to properly orchestrate the spiritual-yogic enterprise. As this chapter progresses we shall discover the meaning of actionless-action, known in Zen as Wu-hsin.
3.4 Yet, one cannot embrace spiritual freedom by escaping from activity; nor does one reach spiritual-perfection by outright rejection of actions.
3.5 Indeed, one cannot subsist in the world through inactivity; responsible action is the order of the day in order to procure Right Living.
Even in the Contemplative Life one needs to procure certain actions that will assure success of the spiritual enterprise: activating daily meditation, caring for the body through good nutrition, daily hygiene and exercise, as well as continuous study for spiritual growth and edification.
3.6 If one’s body is frozen in zazen, yet one’s mind is still wandering and obsessed with sense objects, one is surely deluded and a hypocrite.
Hence, the [action] of sitting in itself is not merited, but the fruit of the action which is deep-samadhis, provided that the mind is effectively quieted.
3.7 Indeed, quite merited is the one whose mind is in control over the senses; such a one is on the right foot to properly exercise Karma Yoga—the path of Right Spiritual Action.
3.8 So, be mindful of your prescribed duty. In light of this, responsible action is better than mindless inaction. Even your body would fail to perform if not reinforced daily through Right Action.