Gita : Ch-4. Slo-36.
Srimad Bhagavad-Gita :
Chapter-4. ( Jnana-karma-sanyasa-yogam )
Slokam-36. ( Even if you are considered to be the most sinful of all sinners, when you are situated in the boat of transcendental knowledge, you will be able to cross over the ocean of miseries. )
Api cedasi papebhyah sarvebhyah papakrttamah,
sarvam jnanaplavenaiva vrjinam santarishyasi.
sarvebhyah papebhyah = of all sinners;
papakrttamah = the greatest sinner;
asi cet api = even if you are;
sarvam vrjinam = all such sinful actions ( the ocean of miseries);
jnanaplavena eva = with the of boat jnanam (of transcendental knowledge);
santarishyasi = you will cross (the ocean of miseries) completely .
Lord Krishna now exclaims that even if one was an incorrigible sinner previously if they approach a self-realised being and receive this knowledge from him they will easily cross over the ocean of all their sins solely by the potency of this spiritual knowledge.
Understand the greatness of this spiritual knowledge Lord Krishna is exclaiming. The words api ced meaning even if, indicates the powerful potency of this spiritual knowledge which can save the most incorrigible sinner if one receives it from a spiritual master and becomes fixed in this consciousness.
To emphasise the power of spiritual knowledge Lord Krishna specifically states in this verse that even the most incorrigible sinner is redeemed if changing their ways acquires and applies spiritual knowledge in their consciousness.
Proper understanding of one's constitutional position in relationship to Consciousness is so nice that it can at once lift one from the struggle for existence which goes on in the ocean of miseries. This material world is sometimes regarded as an ocean of miseries and sometimes as a blazing forest. In the ocean, however expert a swimmer one may be, the struggle for existence is very severe. If someone comes forward and lifts the struggling swimmer from the ocean, he is the greatest savior. Perfect knowledge, received from the Supreme Personality of Godhead, is the path of liberation. The boat of consciousness is very simple, but at the same time the most sublime.
To be continued ...