Nothing is so purifying as knowledge 4.38



Na hi Jnanena sadrsam

Pavitram iha vidyate

Tat svayam yoga-samsiddhah

Kalenatmani vindati

Na hi Jnanena sadrsam 

Is it not (Na)

Indeed (hi)

this knowledge gained here (jnanena)

is uncomparable to or in liklinees to (sadrsam)

Pavitram iha vidyate

that which is scared to us (pavitram) in this world therefore  (iha — Telugu, Iha mariu)

is learning undergone (vidyate)

Tat svayam yoga-samsiddhah

That (tat) done by yourself (svayam) — yoga (what our bodies must undergo) to be equally perfected.

Kalena atmani vindati

In course of time (Kalena — Telugu),   it is what your soul (atmani),  achieves/obtains (Vindati).

Iksvakave Full meaning:

Is it not indeed knowledge gained here is in comparison/likliness to the learning undergone. That done by yourself is yoga-samsiddhah; That done by yourself yoga (what our bodies must undergo), to be equally perfected (the many forms of yoga as it applies to life). It is what your soul in course of time or over time achieves/obtains.   

The knowledge that you have a gained here is in comparison to the learning undergone. The learning we undergo is referring to any learning that person does by self, whether it is learning undergone for obtaining a degree or something you learned personally about life. or even studying Gita. That yoga, what our bodies must undergo by ourselves  to be equally perfected is what our soul achieves/obtains  in course of time or over time.  Yoga that is equally perfected, an example of this is Bhagavad Gita each chapter is a yoga just as way it starts out with Arjuna vishada yoga. So there are many types of yoga that is to be equally perfected in our life and that our soul achieves or obtains over time. The keywords are svayam —– what you do by yourself, understand on your own and vidyate — type of learning undergone by the self that brings knowledge and awareness to your soul.

What can I say, the way I read the verses it seems like what this is all about is the scripture of mankind, ones yoga. This is also one of my favorite verses. 


Prabhupada’s version:

In this world, there is nothing so sublime and pure as transcendental knowledge. Such knowledge is the mature fruit of all mysticism. And one who has become accomplished in the practice of devotional service enjoys knowledge within himself in due course of time.

What is transcendental knowledge —— something you can reach with your feet?

Transcendental knowledge is the mature fruit of all mysticism.  It does not say that in the verse. What is mysticism? —- smoke going up in the air?

When you become accomplished in practicing devotional service you enjoy knowledge with YOURself?  Of course you would! By the way there is no word for devotional service in the verse.

Sorry to say it does not make sense to me in the way it should and I don’t believe it is the correct understanding.

Here is what was written in Tapasyanandas version. The translation is fairly simple and makes sense.  Please do pay attention to the rules, meaning of each words to see if there is a difference in the way you can appreciate what I have written etc.


Now… let me ask you this.

Is there a word for perfect in this worse?

Is knowledge perfect Hindu?

One who is perfect in yoga discovers IT in oneself? What is perfection?

Or one who is perfect discovers yoga in oneself?


About Iksvakave

I am on a quest to understand my religion --- Hinduism. I have decided to keep a log of my discoveries, and experiences and what I have come to learn in the process. I like to travel through people vicariously. To observe the working of the mind, body and spirit. And heart. The soul infact is what our bodies have and what we are ultimately or in the end! The pricelessness of the soul is a soul is only potentially divine. Our journey here is therefore to understand that divinity in our lives. The ideals of societies, language, culture religion, and spirituality, is what interests me. what we know and don't know and outside of our four walls, maybe the priceless truth of that journey here on earth also, our yoga to be learned and equally perfected in life. What this blog is about is the values of the mother tongue India. And the values and culture of India and my nationality America. Pricelessness of it one will come to know you see. The forehead, is the center of the Hindu conscious. veena kodali

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