In Bhagavad Gita 2.7, Arjuna says, “karpanya – dosopahata – svabhavah”, “Now I am confused about my duty and have lost all composure because of miserly weakness.” Here the word “karpanya” has been used which means “miserliness”. A miser person is one who neither enjoys and do not even allow others to enjoy. Srila Prabhupada explains that a miser person do not take trouble to solve the problems of life. He remains engrossed in the material life and also keeps his family members entangled in the material conception of life. Such a life neither benefits him and nor does any good to his family members. Brhad – aranyaka Upanisad (3.8.10) explains, “He is a miserly man who does not solve the problems of life as a human and who thus quits this world like the cats and dogs, without understanding the science of self-realization.”
Arjuna being very intelligent and compassionate was thinking whether the war will be of any benefit to the humanity or not and so he approached Krishna for guidance. Krishna’s guidance removed Arjuna’s ignorance. In confusion or in desperation we too can take Krishna’s help, our eternal friend and guide, by reading Bhagavad Gita reverentially. He will help us to get out of our miserly weakness and guide us to get out of material perplexities.