nāyaḿ loko ’sty ayajñasya
kuto ’nyaḥ kuru-sattama
Translation of Bhagavad Gita 4.31
O best of the Kuru dynasty, without sacrifice one can never live happily on this planet or in this life: what then of the next?
evaḿ bahu-vidhā yajñā
vitatā brahmaṇo mukhe
karma-jān viddhi tān sarvān
evaḿ jñātvā vimokṣyase
Translation of Bhagavad Gita 4.32
All these different types of sacrifice are approved by the Vedas, and all of them are born of different types of work. Knowing them as such, you will become liberated.
śreyān dravya-mayād yajñāj
sarvaḿ karmākhilaḿ pārtha
Translation of Bhagavad Gita 4.33
O chastiser of the enemy, the sacrifice performed in knowledge is better than the mere sacrifice of material possessions. After all, O son of Pritha, all sacrifices of work culminate in transcendental knowledge.
tad viddhi praṇipātena
upadekṣyanti te jñānaḿ
Translation of Bhagavad Gita 4.34
Just try to learn the truth by approaching a spiritual master Inquire from him submissively and render service unto him. The self-realized souls can impart knowledge unto you because they have seen the truth.
yaj jñātvā na punar moham
evaḿ yāsyasi pāṇḍava
yena bhūtāny aśeṣāṇi
drakṣyasy ātmany atho mayi
Translation of Bhagavad Gita 4.35
Having obtained real knowledge from a self-realized soul, you will never fall again into such illusion, for by this knowledge you will see that all living beings are but part of the Supreme, or, in other words, that they are Mine.
api ced asi pāpebhyaḥ
Translation of Bhagavad Gita 4.36
Even if you are considered to be the most sinful of all sinners, when you are situated in the boat of transcendental knowledge you will be able to cross over the ocean of miseries.
yathaidhāḿsi samiddho ’gnir
bhasma-sāt kurute ’rjuna
bhasma-sāt kurute tathā
Translation of Bhagavad Gita 4.37
As a blazing fire turns firewood to ashes, O Arjuna, so does the fire of knowledge burn to ashes all reactions to material activities.
na hi jñānena sadṛśaḿ
pavitram iha vidyate
tat svayaḿ yoga-saḿsiddhaḥ
Translation of Bhagavad Gita 4.38
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 this knowledge within himself in due course of time.
śraddhāvāḻ labhate jñānaḿ
jñānaḿ labdhvā parāḿ śāntim
Translation of Bhagavad Gita 4.39
A faithful man who is dedicated to transcendental knowledge and who subdues his senses is eligible to achieve such knowledge, and having achieved it he quickly attains the supreme spiritual peace.
ajñaś cāśraddadhānaś ca
nāyaḿ loko ’sti na paro
na sukhaḿ saḿśayātmanaḥ
Translation of Bhagavad Gita 4.40
But ignorant and faithless persons who doubt the revealed scriptures do not attain God consciousness; they fall down. For the doubting soul there is happiness neither in this world nor in the next.