SrI: SrImathE SatakOpAya nama: SrImathE rAmAnujAya nama: SrImath varavaramunayE nama:
yadā saṁharate cāyaṁ
kūrmo ’ṅgānīva sarvaśaḥ
tasya prajñā pratiṣṭhitā
‘His will is installated, who like the tortoise indrawing its limbs, abstracts the senses from their pursuit after objects of sense.’1
When one, in the manner of the tortoise contracting its members, indraws his senses running out to contact their sensual objects of pleasure, and who pins his mind to (think on) ātmā, he also is a ‘sthita-prajñaḥ’.
These are the four stages of wisdom-culture (or will-culture), each of which develops, in order, back from its precedent stage.
The difficulty of following this wisdom-course and how to attain the same is now stated:
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- This stage is called Yatamāna-Saṃjṇā. ↩