Link:—In the verses, sixteen to nineteen, Lord Krsna described four types of devotees, who seek refuge in Him. In the three verses that follow, theLord describes those persons, who seek refuge in the gods.
tam tam niyamamasthaya prakrtya niyatah svaya
Those, whose discrimination (jnana) has been subverted by various desires, influenced by their own nature, worship other gods and follow precepts relating to them". 20
In the fifteenth verse of this chapter it has been mentioned that the men are deprived of discrimination by delusion. But here they are deprived of discrimination by desires. There people depend on Matter to satisfy their desires while here they take refuge in the gods to satisfy their desires. There evils lead them to hells while here desires lead them to birth and death again and again.
Kamaistaistairhrtajaanah:—Their discrimination, has been led astray by desires, of this world, as well as of the next one. It means, that instead of applying their discrimination for God-realization, they remain engaged in, satisfying their desires. They have desire for worldly pleasure and prosperity, and hereafter they want to enjoy, heavenly pleasure.
They have desire for prosperity, greatness and pleasure, arising from pride. Similarly, they have a twofold desire, in performing virtuous deeds—to be considered pious, in this world and to enjoy pleasure, in the next world. Thus discrimination, is led astray by desires, and so they cannot distinguish the real from the unreal, the eternal from the transient, and emancipation from bondage.
Prakrtya niyatah svaya:-They are constrained by their own nature, because their discrimination is led astray by desires. Though a man cannot give up his nature, yet he can purify it, by removing evil. He is quite free, to make his nature pure and stainless. But, so long as, he aims at fulftiling his desires, he cannot purify his nature, and to him, it appears that his nature is powerful, while he is weak. When a striver, fixes his aim to be free from desires, he can purify and improve his nature, and is not constrained by it.