Arjuna is talking about form and Krishna is talking about the formless. Arjuna is talking about the visible and Krishna is talking about the invisible. Arjuna is talking about that which comes within the range of the eyes the ears and the hands; Krishna is talking about that which is beyond the range of the eyes, the ears and the hands. Arjuna is thinking the way we all think; Krishna is talking about something that will be a blessing to us if we ever come to realize it.
The visible was not always there. Always is a big word. The visible was not even there a moment ago. You are looking at my face: it is not the same face that was there a moment ago; and it will not be the same face after another moment. Within one moment so much in my body has died and so many new things have emerged.
Buddha used to say to the people who would come to see him, “When you leave here, you won’t be the same person as the one who came. In an hour many things will have changed.”
In seventy years a man has completely changed at least ten times. Every seven years all the atoms and the molecules of the body are changed. Each moment something in the body is dying and being expelled; each moment something new is being born, something new is emerging.
You are putting the new in through your food. The whole body changes completely in seven years. But we go on saying: “I am the same person.” To us, similarity of form becomes oneness of form.
You must watch the movies sometimes. If the movie is run very slowly, you will be amazed. For a hand to rise and reach the head, for that much movement, thousands of pictures have to be taken. Then the sequence of all those pictures is run very fast. Because of this, you see the hand being raised as one normal act. If you watch it in a slow motion, you will notice how many positions the hand has to be filmed in.
In the same way, when we are looking at a person, we are not seeing the same person the whole time. During the time that we are looking at him, our eyes see thousands of his faces. By the time the image is processed and a figure has formed in our minds, things in the face have changed.
And in the same way, there are innumerable stars in the vast sky. The stars that we see are not actually there where we see them. Once they were there. It takes four years for the light from the closest star to reach our planet. And light doesn’t travel slowly. The velocity of light is one hundred and eighty-six thousand miles per second. It takes four years for our nearest star to reach us with the light traveling at this tremendous speed. When the rays of light reach us, we see the star where it was four years ago. It is possible that during this time it may have become non-existent, it may have disintegrated. And it is certainly not where it was four years ago. It must have traveled millions and billions of miles in the meantime.