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BG Chap 7 - The best among the four types who approach the Lord

The jñānī who is constantly engaged in pure bhakti is the best. Such a jñānī is very dear to the Lord and the Lord is very dear to him. By practice of jñāna, he has brought his mind under control. Having given up desires such as getting relief from suffering, getting wealth or getting knowledge of ātmā, he serves the Lord constantly (nitya yukta). The others engage in service as long as they attain their desires. The jñānī has unmotivated devotion only to Kṛṣṇa (eka-bhakti). Therefore the jñānī is the best. He worships the Lord not out of fear that his jñāna will be ineffective without bhakti. Unlike other jñānīs, who have predominantly jñāna, this jñānī has great attachment to bhakti and cannot give up Lord Śyāmasundara in the stage of sādhana or in the stage of perfection. The word atyartha (excessively) indicates that he limits himself only to love of Kṛṣṇa, since the Lord is endowed with qualities like omniscience and unlimited powers, which no one can completely describe. And this jñānī is the object of affection for Kṛṣṇa, according to the rule: as they surrender to Me I respond accordingly. (BG 4.11). The jñānī referred here is not the one who abandons bhakti to pursue jñāna but the jñāna-miśra-bhakta.