Four Kinds of Devotees

Swami Niranjanananda Saraswati

Sri Krishna says that there are four kinds of people who worship him: artha, jignasu, artharthi and jnani: β€œAn artha devotee prays for relief from calamities which have befallen him. A jignasu is one who wants to know Me in earnest. An artharthi is one who worships Me with a desire or intention for fulfilment in mind, in order to attain something. A jnani is one who accepts Me as the reality which I am. It is the jnani who is dear to Me.”

All these are noble, but the man of wisdom I regard as my very Self, for with the mind steadfast, he is established in Me alone as the supreme goal. (7:18)