SrI: SrImathE SatakOpAya nama: SrImathE rAmAnujAya nama: SrImath varavaramunayE nama:
samaḥ siddhāv asiddhau ca
kṛtvāpi na nibadhyate
‘Content with whatever gain may, by chance, befal, above ‘pairs’1, exempt from malice, equal in success or failure, —though one may act, he is not bound.’
One who is content with whatever may spontaneously come to him for the support of existence.2, Dvandv-ātitaḥ is one who has crossed beyond the ‘pairs’. This means that he patiently endures the experiences of ‘cold-heat’3-like opposites, which inevitably happen till he reaches the end of the Means (i. e., the Means or the Method he has employed to gain ātmā-intuition).
Vimatsaraḥ: to be exempt from malice is one who by imputing to himself the authorship of all evil, that may accidentally happen, is free from malice consisting in the thinking that the evil (to him) is due to others.
Siddhāv-asiddhau samaḥ: is one who preserves the balance of his mind whether success or failure may attend his efforts, such as war etc.
Despite such a man doing work, he shall, though he pursue not a (pure) jñāna-course, not be fettered. It means that he shall never be hurled into samsāra4(material life).
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- Pairs of opposites’ = ‘cold-heat`s’. The sense-contacts with external phenomena is sensations which are the sense-with-mind-contacts, ‘cold-heat’, etc., and then follow the reactions, pleasures and pains. ↩
- Cp. ‘Santosham yena kena chit’. Bhāgavata, XI-3-29. ↩
- The sense-contacts with external phenomena is sensations which are the sense-with-mind-contacts, ‘cold-heat’, etc., and then follow the reactions, pleasures and pains. ↩
- Lit: that which ‘runs or courses’; means the circuit or circle of wordly existence, mundane life, material existence, matter-tied or matter-consorting existence, conditioned secular career, or matter-soul existence, coursing through a transmigratory revolution of births and deaths alternating. In Indian terms, Purusha consorting with Prakriti (or spirit-matter combination). ↩