SrI: SrImathE SatakOpAya nama: SrImathE rAmAnujAya nama: SrImath varavaramunayE nama:
‘This portion of Myself, —ancient,— (is) the life-entity in this world of life; it attracts to itself the matter-seated senses (five) with manas the sixth.’1
This (ātma) of the aforesaid nature, ancient (=eternal), constituting a portion of Myself, yet becomes enmeshed in the immemorial nescience of karma, and becomes a life-entity in the world of life (=conditioned existence), and attracts to itself the (five) senses and the manas (mind) the sixth, having their seat in matter and fashioned out into specific shapes as deva, man etc. But when it treads the path laid down already (Gi: XV-4–5), it frees itself from the nescience (avidyā), and re-asserts itself in its native character (of soul-nature.)
The living (or incorporeated) entity is very much limited in intelligence and power. Taking hold of the senses and the manas —of which he becomes lord— which he finds in the karma-begotten matter-moulded body, drags with them hither and thither.
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- Consult Br: Su: II-3-42: ‘Amśo nānā-vyapadeśatvāt’ etc., and Manu: I-16; Praś: Up°: III-9-10: Punarbhavam etc. ↩