Jnāna and Vijnāna – Chapter 7 – Slokas 7.16-7.20

The Blessed Lord said, “catur-vidha bhajante mam
janah sukrtino ‘rjuna
arto jijnasur artharthi
jnani ca bharatarsabha
– O Arjuna, foremost of the Bharata dynasty, four classes of people who are eminent among human beings and are pious in actions and are of virtuous deeds adore Me: the afflicted, the seeker of Knowledge, the seeker of wealth and the man of Knowledge.

 

tesam jnani nitya-yukta
eka-bhaktir visisyate
priyo hi jnanino ‘tyartham
aham sa ca mama priyah
– Of them, the man of Knowledge, endowed with constant steadfastness and one-pointed devotion excels. For I am very dear to the man of Knowledge and he too is dear to Me.

 

udarah sarva evaite
jnani tv atmaiva me matam
asthitah sa hi yuktatma
mam evanuttamam gatim
– All of these three without exception are indeed noble, but the man of Knowledge is the very Self. This is My opinion for with a steadfast mind, the man of Knowledge is set on the path leading to Me alone, who am the exalted and superlative Goal.

 

bahunam janmanam ante
jnanavan mam prapadyate
vasudevah sarvam iti
sa mahatma su-durlabhah
– At the end of many births, the man of Knowledge attains Me, who am the inmost Self, realizing that Vāsudeva is all. Such a high-souled exalted one is very rare. 

 

People, deprived of their wisdom, deprived of the discriminating knowledge by desires for various objects and guided by their own nature, resort to other deities following the relevant methods.

 

[Chapter 7, Slokas 7.16– 7.20]

Author’s thoughts:

Lord Krishna speaks highly of the jnāni, the man of Knowledge who after many births, realizes Him in entirety seeing the Self existing equally within, outside, all-pervading and in all beings. Lord states that such a perfect being is very rare and the Lord is very dear to him and he is very dear to the Lord.

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