18.61 īśvaraḥ sarva-bhūtānāṁ (Original)

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īśvaraḥ sarva-bhūtānāṁ
hṛd-deśe ’rjuna tiṣṭhati
bhrāmayan sarva-bhūtāni
yantrārūḍhāni māyayā

‘Īśvara, Arjuna! sits in the heart-region of all beings, borne (as it were) on a machine, spinning them by His māyā.’1

Īśvara = The all-powerfull Ruling Lord, Vāsudeva.

Hṛid-deśe = The region or cavity of the heart, which is the source of all intelligence or consciousness, the basis of all active (pravṛitti) and passive (nivṛitti) energies of man.

The Lord has taken up His abode here. To do what? He Himself makes the machine, called the body, —the body with limbs and senses, etc., moulded out of matter-stuff; the creatures are made to ride this machine and whirled round in it by His māyā, the maya that is full of the guṇas, satvam etc. The creatures are made to spin in this machine consistently with the guṇas (for which they are predisposedly born). This import was already expressed in the Stanzas: ‘And I am infixed in the hearts of all; from Me is memory, knowledge and (its) forfeiture’ (Gi: XV-15). ‘From Me does all operate’ (Gi: X-8). Śrutis also, as the following, proclaim likewise: ‘Who, seated in ātma etc.’2

The way to get rid of this māyā is explained:

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  1. Magic, Marvellous or Mysterious Power of the Almighty, vide., Commentary to VII-14.
  2. Bri: Up: V-7-22, ‘Ya ātman &c.’

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