BG Chap 12 - Two kinds of processes to reach the Lord
This is not an instruction for Arjuna, because he was an ekānta devotee. Those who engage in niṣkāma karma and also meditate on the Lord, realize their own ātmā. Then parā bhakti to the majestic form of the Lord arises, by which the devotee realizes Hari, the seat of prema, and become liberated. This method is prescribed for those who are not attracted to exclusive devotion. In summary, to reach the Supreme Personality of Godhead, the highest goal, there are two processes: one process is by gradual development, and the other process is direct. Devotional service in Kṛṣṇa consciousness is the direct method, and the other method involves renouncing the fruits of one's activities. Then one can come to the stage of knowledge, then to the stage of meditation, then to the stage of understanding the Supersoul, and then to the stage of the Supreme Personality of Godhead. One may take either the step-by-step process or the direct path. The direct process is not possible for everyone; therefore the indirect process is also good. It is, however, to be understood that the indirect process is not recommended for Arjuna, because he is already at the stage of loving devotional service to the Supreme Lord.