Chapter 4 Gnana Yoga Verse 1

Sloka

Sa evaayam mayaa te’dya yogah proktah puraatanah;
Bhakto’si me sakhaa cheti rahasyam hyetad uttamam.

Translation

That same ancient Yoga has been today taught to thee by Me,
for, thou art My devotee and friend; it is the supreme secret.

Interpretation

This is the beginning of Gnana yoga or the Yoga of wisdom. Lord Krishna tells Arjuna that this is a very important yoga that am going to teach to you. He says that this Gnana yoga is a very ancient yoga with a lot of profound and subtle teachings. Profound here means those teachings which will have a lot of influence on one’s psyche and its subtle because there is a lot of depth in the teachings. Holding such an importance, Lord Krishna says that this Gnana yoga is a supreme secret which is told to Arjuna.

Extending Interpretation to Mankind’s Life!

Many of you might be thinking that if the Gnana yoga is such a secret, then why its told to everyone through Bhagavad Gita. The answer is very simple. How many of the crores of people in this World would have heard the Gnana Yoga or read it? Even if they have heard or read it, how many of them have really understood the essence of it? If you take it the percentage would be less than 0.1%. That means 99.9% of people dont even know what Gnana yoga is. That is why it is called as secret and its only people who are blessed would be able to know it.