SrI: SrImathE SatakOpAya nama: SrImathE rAmAnujAya nama: SrImath varavaramunayE nama:
SlOkam – Original
anyE thvEvam ajAnantha: SruthvA’nyEbhya upAsathE |
thE’pi chAthitharanthyEva mruthyum SruthiparAyaNA: ||
word-by-word meaning (based on puththUr krishNamAchArya swAmy’s thamizh translation)
Evam ajAnantha: – those who don’t know the previously explained means to see AthmA
anyE thu – some others
anyEbhya: – from gyAnis (the wise ones)
SruthvA – by hearing about karma yOga etc through instructions
upAsathE – (through those) they meditate upon AthmA;
Sruthi parAyaNA: thE api cha – those who are engaged in hearing those instructions too
mruthyum – samsAra (material realm)
athitharanthi Eva – are sure to cross
Simple Translation (based on puththUr krishNamAchArya swAmy’s thamizh translation)
Some others who don’t know the previously explained means to see AthmA, meditate upon AthmA by hearing about karma yOga etc through instructions from gyAnis (the wise ones). Those who are engaged in hearing those instructions too are sure to cross the samsAra (material realm).
Rendering based on ALkoNdavilli gOvindhAchArya swAmy’s English translation of gIthA bhAshyam
‘But others who, knowing not thus, (merely) contemplate after hearing from others, do verily (also) overcross death; also those of (simple-)faith in hearing (what is told them.)’
Others again there are, incompetent to walk the Paths of Karma etc, —leading to soul-vision,— who listen to the teachings of sages, the seers of truth; and then by treading the Paths of Karma etc., contemplate on ātma. These perceive ātma and cross beyond death. Also those who are able only to believe in what they hear from others, get purged of their sins, and are gradually enabled to embark on the several Paths (laid down) viz., Karma-Yoga etc., and thus pass over death.
‘Api’=also, signifies the degrees of competency or capacity (that different sets of men have).
Now, in order to discriminatingly understand the matter-bound soul, it is pointed out that whatever comes into being, movable or unmovable, is a product of the union of sentient and insentient substances, chit and achit.
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