4.34 tad viddhi praṇipātena (Original)

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Chapter 4

<< Chapter 4 verse 33


tad viddhi praṇipātena
paripraśnena sevayā
upadekṣyanti te jñānaṁ
jñāninas tattva-darśinaḥ

‘By prostrations, by fair questionings and by service (sevā), know this. The truth-seeing Saints (jñaninaḥ) shall instruct thee in wisdom.’

Know this: that is, knowledge (or wisdom) relating to ātma, propounded by Me in the verses, from : ‘know that that verily is imperishable etc.,’ (ii-17) up to:

‘This has been told thee etc.,’ (ii-39).

Learn this thou, as, —while engaged in prescribed work (or duties)— thou advancest; (acquire wisdom) or learn knowledge more and more —as thou progressest in thy work— from wise men, by due prostrations (falling at their feet, as a mark of veneration and humility); by timely questionings; and rendering them (all kinds of) service.

The wise, -the truth-seers- are those to whom ātma is a demonstrated verity. Pleased by thy suppliant demeanour, service etc., —they will divine what thou in thy heart desirest to know, by thy reverent questionings etc, and impart thee the wisdom thou art eager to acquire.

The nature of wisdom concerning the true nature of ātma, which becomes a matter of actual perception, (experience or demonstration, i.e., ātma is no more a hypothesis then) is described:—

>> Chapter 4 verse 35

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