tasmÄt tvam indriyÄá¹y Ädau
pÄpmÄnaá¹ prajahi hy enaá¹
tasmÄt - therefore; tvam - you; indriyÄá¹i - senses; Ädau - in the beginning; niyamya - by regulating; bharata-á¹á¹£abha - O chief amongst the descendants of Bharata; pÄpmÄnam - the great symbol of sin; prajahi - curb; hi - certainly; enam - this; jÃ±Äna - of knowledge; vijÃ±Äna - and scientific knowledge of the pure soul; nÄÅanam - the destroyer.
The Lord advised Arjuna to regulate the senses from the very beginning so that he could curb the greatest sinful enemy, lust, which destroys the urge for self-realization and speciï¬c knowledge of the self. JÃ±Äna refers to knowledge of self as distinguished from non-self, or in other words, knowledge that the spirit soul is not the body. VijÃ±Äna refers to speciï¬c knowledge of the spirit soulâs constitutional position and his relationship to the Supreme Soul. It is explained thus in the ÅrÄ«mad-BhÄgavatam (2.9.31):
jÃ±Änaá¹ parama-guhyaá¹ me
sa-rahasyaá¹ tad-aá¹ gaá¹ ca
gá¹hÄá¹a gaditaá¹ mayÄ
âThe knowledge of the self and Supreme Self is very conï¬dential and mysterious, but such knowledge and speciï¬c realization can be understood if explained with their various aspects by the Lord Himself.â Bhagavad-gÄ«tÄ gives us that general and speciï¬c knowledge of the self. The living entities are parts and parcels of the Lord, and therefore they are simply meant to serve the Lord. This consciousness is called Ká¹á¹£á¹a consciousness. So, from the very beginning of life one has to learn this Ká¹á¹£á¹a consciousness, and thereby one may become fully Ká¹á¹£á¹a conscious and act accordingly.
Lust is only the perverted reï¬ection of the love of God which is natural for every living entity. But if one is educated in Ká¹á¹£á¹a consciousness from the very beginning, that natural love of God cannot deteriorate into lust. When love of God deteriorates into lust, it is very difï¬cult to return to the normal condition. Nonetheless, Ká¹á¹£á¹a consciousness is so powerful that even a late beginner can become a lover of God by following the regulative principles of devotional service. So, from any stage of life, or from the time of understanding its urgency, one can begin regulating the senses in Ká¹á¹£á¹a consciousness, devotional service of the Lord, and turn the lust into love of Godhead â the highest perfectional stage of human life.