8.9 kavim purANam anuSAsithAram

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Chapter 8

<< Chapter 8 verse 8

SlOkam – Original

kavim purANam anuSAsithAram aNOr aNIyAmsam anusmarEdhya: |
sarvasya dhAthAram achintyarUpam AdhithyavarNam thamasa: parasthAth ||

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

kavim – omniscient
purANam – ancient
anuSAsithAram – controls (all worlds)
anO: aNIyAmsam – smaller than the minute jIvAthmA
sarvasya dhAthAram – creator of all
achinthya rUpam – having inconceivable distinguished form
Adhithya varNam – shining brightly like the sun
thamasa: parasthAth – parama purusha, who is beyond the “mUla prakruthi” (primordial matter)
anusmarEth – one who meditates upon

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

One who meditates upon the parama purusha who is omniscient, ancient, the controller (of all worlds), smaller than the minute jIvAthmA, the creator of all, having inconceivable distinguished form, shining brightly like the sun and beyond the “mUla prakruthi” (primordial matter) ….

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

‘Whoso thinks on Him, The Omniscient, the Ancient, The Ruler, The Subtler of the subtile, the Creator of all, of Ineffable Form, of the Color of the sun1, and the Beyond of tamas.’

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  1. Cp. Purusha-sūkta I-7. (Vedāham etam Purusham Mahāntam Ādityavarṇam tamasas-tu pāre &c); Chh: Up: 1-6-6 (ya eshontar-āditye hiraṇ mayaḥ Purusho) &c.

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