Shri Krishna’s ideal human being is Sthitaprajna. Prajna is mind, intellect, wisdom. Sthita means stable. Sthitaprajna is a person whose mind has stabilized. Whether he has faith in the divine is immaterial, as long as he is in a state of equilibrium while facing the ups and downs of life.
Shri Krishna’s Sthitaprajna is not a religious person engaged in rituals. In this state you do experience life but remain unmoved by it because your mental faculties are always in a state of equilibrium. You can even be an atheist.
The Gita describes such a person as shruti-vipratipanna (Bhagavad Gita chapter ). According to one translation it means a person ‘bewildered by a variety of revealed truths.’ It may mean false opinions you form through the shrutis, even the Vedas.
(Source an article written by M L Varadpande in the Speaking Tree section of Times of India)
M. L. Varadpande is an eminent scholar and theatre historian in