Bhagavad Gita -Srila Prabhupada 309

Shrimad Bhagavad Gita As It Is -Shri Shrimad A.C Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada

Knowledge of the Absolute
Chapter 7: Verse-2

jnänam te ’ham sa-vijnänam idam vaksyämy asesatah
yaj jnätvä neha bhüyo ’nyaj jnätavyam avasisyate[1]


I shall now declare unto you in full this knowledge, both phenomenal and numinous. This being known, nothing further shall remain for you to know.


Complete knowledge includes knowledge of the phenomenal world, the spirit behind it, and the source of both of them. This is transcendental knowledge. The Lord wants to explain the above-mentioned system of knowledge because Arjuna is Krsna’s confidential devotee and friend. In the beginning of the Fourth Chapter this explanation was given by the Lord, and it is again confirmed here: complete knowledge can be achieved only by the devotee of the Lord in disciplic succession directly from the Lord. Therefore one should be intelligent enough to know the source of all knowledge, who is the cause of all causes and the only object for meditation in all types of yoga practice. When the cause of all causes becomes known, then everything knowable becomes known, and nothing remains unknown. The Vedas [2] say, kasmin bhagavo vijnäte sarvam idam vijnätam bhavati.



  1. jnänam=phenomenal knowledge; te=unto you; aham=I; sa—with; vijnänam=numinous knowledge; idam=this; vaksyämi=shall explain; asesatah=in full; yat=which; jnätvä=knowing; na=not; iha=in this world; bhüyah=further; anyat=anything more; jnätavyam=knowable; avasisyate=remains.
  2. Mundaka Upanisad 1.3

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