SrI: SrImathE SatakOpAya nama: SrImathE rAmAnujAya nama: SrImath varavaramunayE nama:
guṇān etān atītya trīn
vimukto ’mṛtam aśnute
‘Transcending these three body-bred qualities, the
embodied (ego), freed from the pains of death and age, tastes immortality.’1
These three qualities Satvam etc., are born of the matter-stuff symbolized by ‘body’. When the embodied (entity) overcrosses these and cognizes that which is different from them, viz: ātma, which is essentially of the nature of intelligence, he becomes relieved from birth, death, dotage and other such sorrows and attains to ātma-enjoyment. This is (akin to) My state.
Arjuna queries as to what sort of conduct distinguishes the person who has transcended the qualities and how he can so transcend them?
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- Cp: Vish: Pur: I-7-47: “Guṇa-traya-mayam etc.” ↩