Four Types of People Who Come to God.

Bhagvad Gita profiles four types of people who come to surrender to God. They are sukritina or pious. Sukrtinah, are those who obey the rules and regulations of scriptures, the moral and social laws, and are, more or less, devoted to the Supreme Lord. They do not indulge in miss deeds as a matter of habit. Among these there are four classes of men.


चतुर्विधा भजन्ते मां जनाः सुकृतिनोऽर्जुन
आर्तो जिज्ञासुरर्थार्थी ज्ञानी भरतर्षभ
caturvidhā bhajantē māṅ janāḥ sukṛtinō.rjuna.

ārtō jijñāsurarthārthī jñānī ca bharatarṣabha৷৷7.16৷৷

Bg 7.16 — O best among the Bhāratas, four kinds of pious men begin to render devotional service unto Me – the distressed, the desirer of wealth, the inquisitive, and he who is searching for knowledge of the Absolute.


1. Those who are sometimes distressed:

Those who are always busy with fruitive activities come to the Lord in material distress and at that time associate with pure devotees. They  in their distress, become devotees of the Lord.

2. Those who are sometimes inquisitive:

Those who are simply frustrated with their exploration in different areas, sometimes come to associate with the pure devotees. They become eager to know more about spirituality and God.

3. Those who are in need of money:

Those interested in economic development in their pursuit of different avenues are drawn to spirituality and God. They start following religious principles for material gain. Over a period of time they develop faith in God.

4. Those who are sometimes searching after knowledge of the Absolute Truth:

Similarly, when the dry philosophers are frustrated in different fields of knowledge, they sometimes want to learn of God. They come to the Supreme Lord to render devotional service and thus transcend knowledge of the impersonal Brahman and Paramatma and come to the personal conception of God by the grace of the Supreme Lord or His pure devotee.

Later, when the distressed, the inquisitive, the seekers of knowledge, and those who are in need of money are free from material desires, and when they fully understand that spiritual improvement is more important than material remuneration, they become pure devotees. 


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