18.50 sidhdhim prApthO yathA brahma

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Chapter 18

<< Chapter 18 Verse 49

SlOkam – Original

sidhdhim prApthO yathA brahma thathApnOthi nibOdha mE |
samAsEnaiva kaunthEya nishtA gyAnasya yA parA ||

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

kaunthEya – Oh son of kunthI!
sidhdhim prAptha: – one who attained the firm state of dhyAna
yathA brahma ApnOthi – with the means with which one attains self-realisation which is known as brahma
thathA – that means
samAsEna – briefly
mE nibOdha – listen from me;

(the nature of such brahma is)
yA gyAnasya parA nishtA: – that brahma is the ultimate goal of gyAna (knowledge) which is in the form of dhyAna (meditation)

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

Oh son of kunthI! Briefly listen from me the means with which one who attains the firm state of dhyAna, attains self-realisation which is known as brahma; that brahma is the ultimate goal of gyAna (knowledge) which is in the form of dhyAna (meditation).

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

‘Learn from Me in brief, Kaunteya! how the perfection-attained reaches Brahm1, the culminating Goal of Knowledge.’

The perfection-attained = He who by ceaselessly practising Karma-Yoga has attained to the perfection of dhyāna or devotional contemplation.

Learn from Me briefly how, or by what conduct, such a person reaches Brahm:

Brahm (or soul) is described as that which is the High Goal or Aim of knowledge, or knowledge full of devotion.

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  1. Brahm here means the soul in agreement with that sense intended to be conveyed by the same term according in Stanza 53 following.

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