Bhagavad Gita, Chapter 2 verse 46:  To the enlightened Brahman all the Vedas are of no more use than is a small well in a place flooded with water on all sides.

The ‘Brahman who knows’ has cast away the ‘binding influence of action’ (2.39) and gained inner contentment (2.45). In experiencing inner contentment he has achieved the goal of all action: fulfillment. Why need he act at all?

The Vedas prescribed actions to rise through all levels of evolution and attain the final liberation of inner contentment. But what use are these step-by-step Vedic instructions to the ‘Brahman who knows’ contentment and how to achieve it. To him, ‘The Vedas are of no more use than a small well in a place flooded by water on all sides.’

But to achieve the goal of all action (nonaction) we have to act (2.47).

copyright commentary Keith R Parker