[Advaita-l] Shata-shlokI of Shankara - 17,18 of 101
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Mon Jun 21 05:26:18 CDT 2004
shaktyA nirmokataH svAd-bahir-ahir-iva yaH pravrajan
chhAyAM mArga-drumotthAM pathika iva manAk samshrayet
kshhut-paryAptaM tarubhyaH patita-phalam-ayaM prArthayet
svAtmA-rAmaM praveshhTuM sa khalu sukha-mayaM
yaH : He who
shaktyA : by strength of will,
pravrajan : leaving
svIya gehAt : from ones home
ahiH iva : like a snake
svAt nirmokataH bahiH : out of its slough,
manAk samshrayet : might occasionally attend to
deha-samsthAM : the sustenance of his body
pathika iva : like a traveller
mArga-drumotthaM chAyAM : (resorting to) the shade of a
ayam : (however) he
tarubhyaH prArthayet bhaikshhyam-annaM: should beg of
trees (only) that much food
kshut-paryAptaM : as would be enough to appease his hunger.
saH pravrajet : He should go forth
dehataH api : also from his body
praveshhTuM : in order to enter
svAtma-ArAmaM : the garden of his own Self
sukha-mayaM : that is full of bliss.
Note: Recall that when Lord Krishna summarises, at the end
of the 18th chapter, the whole of his teaching, his
description (in two shlokas : 52, 53) of the behaviour of
the Seeker of the Ultimate, includes laghvAshI
meaning, the one who eats less, that is, only that much to
support the life as one of the essential qualifications.
kAmo buddhA-vudeti prathamam-iha
prAptA-varthasya samrakshhaNa-matir-udito lobha etat-trayaM
sarveshhAM pAta-hetus-tad-iha matimatA
iha : In this world
kAmaH : desire
udeti : arises
prathamam : first
buddhau : in the intellect;
manasi : in the mind
uddishati : it directs (the individual)
artha-jAtaM : (towards) various objects
tat gRhNAti : (mind) then grasps the objects
indriyAsyaiH: through the medium of the senses.
tad-anabhigamataH : At the non-obtaining of that object
Avirbhavet ca : there also springs
krodhaH : anger.
prAptau : When the aim is attained
uditaH : there arises
lobhaH : greed (in the form of)
samrakshhaNa-matiH : eagerness for the preservation
arthasya: of that object.
Etat trayaM : These three
sarveshhAM pAta-hetuH syAt: are the cause of every ones
matimatA : By the wise
tyAjyaM : it is to be shunned
adhyAtma-yogAt : by constant meditation of the Self.
Note: One would naturally recall the famous dhyyato
vishhayAn pumsaH .. shloka from Gita Ch.II. But recall
also the shloka (XVI-21) trividhaM narakasyedam ... .
PraNAms to all students of Adi Shankaracharya
Prof. V. Krishnamurthy
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