Chapter 17 – SradhdhAthrayavibhAga yOga or The Book of the Threefold Division of Faith

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AUM

ŚRI BHAGAVAD-GĪTĀ

WITH

SRI RĀMĀNUJA’S VIŚISHTĀDVAITA COMMENTARY

THE SEVENTEENTH LECTURE

NAMED,

ŚRADDHĀ-TRAYA-VIBHĀGA-YOGA

OR

THE BOOK OF THE THREEFOLD DIVISION OF FAITH.

PROEM

BY a treatment of the two classes of the Divine and the Non-divine natures, it has been shown that a knowledge regarding the truth of the Goal (for man), and knowledge regarding the Means by which to reach that Goal, are based solely on the Vedas, (Vide., Stanza: 24, Lecture XVI).

And now, it will be shown, (1) that works performed in contravention of Śāstra, —being of the nature of the Nondivine,— prove abortive; (2) that works (etc.,) performed in accordance with Śāstra, are by reason of their nature, (or motive with which they are performed), divisible into three kinds; and (3) what (or how) are such works known to be in agreement with Śāstra.

Arjuna, forgetting the abortiveness of works done, in contravention to Śāstra, asks to know how such works Yāgas etc —if performed in faith,— differ in their fruits, as may be characterizable by the several qualities (guṇas) Satvam etc:

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