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BG Chap 18 - The jñānī and bhakta in terms of knowledge, action and doer

The jñānīs must take shelter of the knowledge in sāttvika karma, must perform sāttvika work, and must become a sāttvika doer. This is the sannyāsa of the jñānī. The knowledge and work of the bhakta, and the bhakta himself are all beyond the guṇas. Kṛṣṇa says in Bhāgavatam (11.25.24) that absolute knowledge is in goodness, knowledge based on duality is in passion, and foolish, materialistic knowledge is in ignorance. Knowledge based upon Him, however, is transcendental. In Bhāgavatam 3.29.11 it is said that bhakti yoga (work of the bhakta) is beyond the modes of nature. In Bhāgavatam 11.25.26 it is said that a worker free of attachment is in goodness, a worker blinded by personal desire is in passion, and one who cannot tell right from wrong is in ignorance. But a worker, who has taken shelter of Kṛṣṇa, is transcendental. Not only knowledge, bhakti yoga and the doer are beyond the guṇas, but everything related to bhakti is beyond the guṇas. For the jñānīs who are in sattva, things related to jñana are all in sattva. Everything related to karmīs acting in rajas is rājasic. For the unrestrained person in the mode of tamas, everything related to his action is tāmasic. The jñānī, at the last stage, after giving up jñana attains a position beyond the guṇas only by the power of bhakti, as explained in BG 14.26.