3.23 yadhi hyaham na varthEyam

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Chapter 3

<< Chapter 3 verse 22

SlOkam – Original

yadhi hyaham na varthEyam jAthu karmaNyathandhritha: |
mama varthmAnuvarthanthE manushyA: pArtha sarvaSa: ||

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

pArtha – Oh arjuna!
aham hi – I, sarvESvara
karmaNi – in the karma (pertaining to the family I am born in)
jAthu – ever
athandhritha: – without laziness
yadhi na varthEyam – if I am not firmly situated
manushyA: – common men
sarvaSa: – in all manner
mama vartham – my ways
anuvarthanthE – will follow

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

Oh arjuna! If I, sarvESvara, am not firmly situated in the karma (actions pertaining to the family I am born in) and not ever engaged in them without laziness, common men will follow my ways in all manner.

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

‘Did I not, for once, out of indolence, engage in work, all mankind, Pārtha1! will copy My ways in everyway.’

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  1. Epithet of Arjuna, being a descendant of Prithu-Chakravarti.

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