Chapter 4 – JnanaYoga
tad viddhi praṇipātena
upadekṣyanti te jñānaṁ
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Understand(viddhi) ‘that’ knowledge by approaching a spiritual master(pranipaatena), by inquiries(pariprashnena) and by doing their seva(sevaya). The jnanis(realized) who are the seers of truth will impart that knowledge onto you.
In the previous verse, Lord talks about performing karma with jnana(action with proper knowledge). In this verse he tells how to acquire that knowledge.
That jnana can be acquired by approaching a Guru, by asking them proper questions, and by doing their seva.
To summarize so far, performing various kinds of yajnas, which are karma-pradhan(action-oriented), one gets cleansed. And activities performed with jnana is greater than just mere activities. One should get that kind of a knowledge by serving a self-realized Guru, and by enquiry(without arrogance).
So two things are highlighted in this shloka –
- By self study(which is karma pradhan) and other activities, you can only go so far. You need a self-realized Guru to get the knowledge, later on.
- After that, one should engage in enquiry, not just believe everything blindly.