SrI: SrImathE SatakOpAya nama: SrImathE rAmAnujAya nama: SrImath varavaramunayE nama:
atha cainaṁ nitya-jātaṁ
nityaṁ vā manyase mṛtam
tathāpi tvaṁ mahā-bāho
nainaṁ śocitum arhasi
‘If thou wouldst think this (ātmā) as repeatedly taking births and repeatedly dying, even then hast thou, O mighty-armed! no reason to grieve.’
If thou would still consider this ātmā to be the body itself subject to constant births and deaths, in other words that it is not a distinct principle -according to the given definition- from body, even then it cannot form a ground for thy grief, for then you must know that for bodies undergoing constant changes, ‘births and deaths’ is a law of nature which cannot be averted.
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