SrI: SrImathE SatakOpAya nama: SrImathE rAmAnujAya nama: SrImath varavaramunayE nama:
aśvattham enaṁ su-virūḍha-mūlam
asaṅga-śastreṇa dṛḍhena chittvā
tataḥ padaṁ tat parimārgitavyaṁ
yasmin gatā na nivartanti bhūyaḥ
‘Having by the mighty weapon of non-attachment, hewn down this firm-rooted Aśvattha; Then is that state to be sought after, reaching which they return not again.’
The Aśvattha Tree of the aforesaid kind has its diverse roots wide spreading below.
The strong axe or weapon is that of non-attachment for the Guṇa-sated enjoyments, —a weapon furnished by ripe spiritual enlightenment.
Cleaving the Tree asunder by this weapon, detachment from (or dislike for) sense-delights, is produced, followed up by a search for that (high spiritual) state which, when once attained, there is no falling back from.
How will this attachment for Guṇa-full pleasures, persisting for a long time past, depart? And its (attachment’s) cause, viparīta-jñāna or perverted understanding?
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