Bhagavad Gita: Chapter 6, Verse 46

तस्माद्योगीभवार्जुन|| 46||

tapasvibhyo ’dhiko yogī
jñānibhyo ’pi mato ’dhikaḥ
karmibhyaśh chādhiko yogī
tasmād yogī bhavārjuna

tapasvibhyaḥthan the ascetics; adhikaḥsuperior; yogīa yogi; jñānibhyaḥthan the persons of learning; apieven; mataḥconsidered; adhikaḥsuperior; karmibhyaḥthan the ritualistic performers; chaand; adhikaḥsuperior; yogīa yogi; tasmāttherefore; yogīa yogi; bhavajust become; arjunaArjun

tapasvibhyo ’dhiko yogi
jnanibhyo ’pi mato ’dhikah
karmibhyash chadhiko yogi
tasmad yogi bhavarjuna


BG 6.46: A yogi is superior to the tapasvī (ascetic), superior to the jñānī (a person of learning), and even superior to the karmī (ritualistic performer). Therefore, O Arjun, strive to be a yogi.


A tapasvī (ascetic) is one who accepts voluntary mortification and lives an extremely austere lifestyle, refraining from sensual pleasures and the accumulation of material wealth, as an aid in the pursuit of salvation. A jñānī is a person of learning who actively engages in the cultivation of knowledge. A karmī is one who performs the Vedic rituals for attaining material opulence and the celestial abodes. Shree Krishna declares the yogi to be superior to them all. The reason for this is simple. The goal of the karmī, jñānī, and tapasvī is worldly attainment; they are still at the bodily platform of existence. The yogi is striving not for the world, but for God. As a result, the yogi’s accomplishment is at the spiritual platform and is superior to them all.