16.18 ahankAram balam dharpam

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Chapter 16

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SlOkam – Original

ahankAram balam dharpam kAmam krOdham cha samSrithA: |
mAm AthmaparadhEhEshu pradhvishanthO’bhyasUyakA: ||

word-by-word meaning (based on puththUr krishNamAchArya swAmy’s thamizh translation)

ahankAram – ego (of thinking that everything can be accomplished on their own)
balam – self strength
dharpam – pride (of thinking that there is no match for self)
kAmam – lust (to accomplish everything with such desire)
krOdham cha – anger (to destroy everyone who cause hurdles for such accomplishments)
samSrithA: – holding on to
Athma para dhEhEshu mAm – towards me who is present in such persons and others (controlling all)
abhyasUyakA: – having jealousy (to blame me with their cunning ways)
pradhvishantha: – unable to tolerate (me)
(are engaging in various yAgams etc as explained before).

Simple Translation (based on puththUr krishNamAchArya swAmy’s thamizh translation)

Holding on to ego (of thinking that everything can be accomplished on their own), self strength, pride (of thinking that there is no match for self), lust (to accomplish everything with such desire) and anger (to destroy everyone who cause hurdles for such accomplishments), having jealousy (to blame me with their cunning ways) towards me who is present in such persons and others (controlling all) and unable to tolerate me (they are engaging in various yAgams etc as explained before).

Rendering based on ALkoNdavilli gOvindhAchArya swAmy’s English translation of gIthA bhAshyam

‘Espoused to self-hood, strength, consequence, lust and wrath, do they in malice antagonize Me in their own and others’ bodies.’

Ahaṇkāra = Self-hood, = the conceit: ‘I can do everything without any extraneous aid.’

Balam = In so doing, ‘my single strength is all-sufficient.’ Hence;

Darpam = Consequence; = ‘the importance of Myself to the exclusion of others.’

Inasmuch as I am so, ‘by My mere lusting or willing after, every desire is fulfilled.’ ‘And those who cause me evil, I shall slay them all’ = wrath (krodha).

Surrendering themselves to such passions, they evince malice towards Me, the Omnific Purushottama, dwelling in themselves as well as in the bodies of others, and make enemies with Me; meaning that by sophistry they endeavour to discover reasons for disproving the very fact of My existence, hate Me, and giving themselves up to passions stated above, perform sacrifices and other acts.

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