SankarAcArya's bhagavad gItA bhAshya: 2. 11 - Part III.

Charles Wikner WIKNER at NACDH4.NAC.AC.ZA
Tue Nov 10 01:44:35 CST 1998

On Sat, 7 Nov 1998 Vidyasankar Sundaresan <vidya at CCO.CALTECH.EDU> wrote:

> [2]. The bhAshya reads, "tattvavit tu na aham karomi iti manyate na ca
> tatphalam abhisandhatte." Sri Krishna Warrier (see publication details in
> the introductory post) translates, "the knower of the Truth maintains: 'I
> act not'; and he does not seek the fruits of his actions." I translate
> differently, as "The Self-knower does not think, 'I do." To my mind, the
> difference is somewhat significant.

That is indeed a significant point, and worth highlighting as you have
done.  Interestingly, the text that I have with Warrier's translation
(Sri Ramakrishna Math) adds quotation marks in the nagarI which accords
with your translation: ... na 'aham karami' iti ...

Perhaps Warrier was associating this with a similar statement in Gita
5.8 (naiva kiMcit karomIti yukto manyeta tattvavit | ) where the verb
is manyeta (vidhi-li"n) and not manyate (laT) as here.

I am thoroughly enjoying this series of posts, and find the pace very
useful, for it allows time amid the worldly rush for each point to sink
in deeply.  It is like the slow measured tread of a walking meditation.

Thank you very much for sharing the fruit of your labours: it is much
appreciated and put to good use.

Kind regards, Charles.

"bhava shankara deshikame sharaNam"
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