SrI: SrImathE SatakOpAya nama: SrImathE rAmAnujAya nama: SrImath varavaramunayE nama:
tapo dambhena caiva yat
kriyate tad iha proktaṁ
rājasaṁ calam adhruvam
‘That is here called Rājasa-Tapas which is practised for the sake of gaining regard, praise and worship, and for display; (it is) unstable and unenduring.’
Satkāra = Regard from others (in the mind).
Māna = Praise, or verbal adulation (by others).
Pūja = Worship such as bowing, prostrating etc., with the body.
Whatever Tapas is practised, actuated with motives for fruit, for securing regard etc., from others, and to parade before others, is said to be Rājasa.
Since this kind of Tapas constitutes the means for such (transitory) fruit such as Svarga etc, it is chalam = unstable, because it is ever fraught with the fear of falling down therefrom; and it is adhruvam = not lasting, or declining.
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