SrI: SrImathE SatakOpAya nama: SrImathE rAmAnujAya nama: SrImath varavaramunayE nama:
tatra kā paridevanā
‘(All) creatures, O Bhārata, have an unmanifest origin, a manifest middle, and again an unmanifest end. Such being the case, where is cause for sorrow?’
Beings like mankind etc., though ever-existent entities, have a non-manifest (or latent) ante-natal condition, a manifest middle condition, and proceed again into an unmanifest post-natal condition. Such vicissitudes constitute a natural law. This therefore need cause no grief1.
Having thus shown that even if it were true that body itself was ātmā, even then there was no reason to grieve for, the next verse declares that seldom is a person found who would see, hear, converse, or who would be convinced (from hearing from others who know), about the wonderful nature of ātmā, which is distinct from body:
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- Cf. with Śrī Bhāgavata, (Śruti-Gita, X, 87, 38), “na yadidam agra asa, na bhavishyadato, nidhanādanumitam antarā tvayi vibhūti, etc. ↩