Chapter 7 Gnana-Vignana Yoga Verse 13
Shloka
Chaturvidhaa bhajante maam janaah sukritino’rjuna;
Aarto jijnaasurartharthee jnaanee cha bharatarshabha.
Translation
Four kinds of virtuous men worship Me, O Arjuna! They are the distressed,
the seeker of knowledge, the seeker of wealth, and the wise, O lord of the Bharatas!
Interpretation
In this sloka Lord Krishna talks about the kind of people who worship Him. The first in the category is the men who are distressed. Distressed are those people who live in extreme sorrow and pain. They naturally worship God to ask to relieve them from that pain. The second is the one who seeks knowledge who pray to God to bless them with more knowledge. The third type of people are the maximum in number and they are the ones who seek wealth from God and the last type of men are the one who are wise and pray God for more wisdom.
Extending Interpretation to Mankind’s Life!
We have already discussed about people who live in pain and sorrow and people who want wealth praying to God. These are the overwhelming majority of people who constitute more than 95% of the population. They do that with a selfish motive of getting rid of troubles and to earn wealth. One needs to understand that sorrows and troubles are the result of our present and past karma and one has to go through them as they are the fruits of your previous actions. Wealth beyond one’s comforts is like a poison but people always pray for more wealth as they feel that wealth brings happiness.
There are the other two categories of people also who worship God. The first among them is the seekers of knowledge. They are about 4% of people who are in that category and they worship God with a noble intension of gaining more knowledge which will make them wise. The second type of people are the ones who are wise. There are just 1% of people who are wise and they worship God because wisdom makes them to realise that worshipping God is the result of one’s devotion to Him and not because you have to seek something from Him. This thought makes the wise take the path of salvation.