Krishna: Knowledge begins with humility and sincerity.
Arjuna: What comes next?
Krishna: Humility and sincerity make us patient and honest. This makes us good students who learn well.
Arjuna: What do good students learn from their teachers?
Krishna: First, we learn self-control, beginning with cleanliness and regularity.
Arjuna: What are other aspects of self-control?
Krishna: The essence of self-control is to diminish the ego and control its desire to exploit the sensual world.
Arjuna: How does the teacher help us do this?
Krishna: By teaching us to be aware of the miseries inherent in it: that birth leads to death, after dragging us through age and illness.
Arjuna: What happens when we diminish the ego and thus slacken our passion to enjoy the sensual world?
Krishna: It is like being freed from an all-consuming addiction. We then loosen our compulsive embrace on objects of pleasure, like children, spouses, and homes.
Arjuna: What is the experience like?
Krishna: You will feel your mind become ever-balanced, regardless of obtaining desired or undesired results.
Arjuna: Is this peace the goal, or is there something even more worthy beyond it?
Krishna: This peaceful detachment from the interaction of the fields is the beginning of the greatest joy: true love. At this stage you can turn to me and form an uninterrupted link of pure divine love, without any ulterior motive.
Arjuna: How does the person at this stage of knowledge begin to develop that connection with you?
Krishna: Losing all interest in common people and places, you will seek a quiet, solitary residence.
Arjuna: Why seek solitude?
Krishna: You will want to be free from interruptions to your contemplation of the true self. You will not want to see anything except the object of true knowledge.
Arjuna: Is this the culmination of knowledge and education?
Krishna: Yes. Beginning from humility and ending at uninterrupted intimacy with the object of true knowledge – these are the constituents of knowledge and education. Anything outside these principles is ignorance.