SrI: SrImathE SatakOpAya nama: SrImathE rAmAnujAya nama: SrImath varavaramunayE nama:
śarīra-stho ’pi kaunteya
na karoti na lipyate
‘Beginningless and quality-less, this exhaustless exalted ātma, Kaunteya! acts not; is tainted not, though seated in the body.’
This exalted ātma (=param-ātma) has now been defined as of a nature distinct from that of the body.
Though stationed in the body, ātma is inexhaustible or devoid of exhaustion (=perishment) inasmuch as it did not begin (at any point of time). (The meaning is that infinite in time means infinite in nature).
Quality-less=Destitute of satva and other qualities.
And therefore acts not and is tainted not i.e., it is not affected by the properties of the body.
Granting that ātma, being quality-less, acts not, how it in its constant association with body, is not tainted by the bodily properties is explained:
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