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15.2.5 na rūpam asyeha tathopalabhyate (Original)

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na rūpam asyeha tathopalabhyate
nānto na cādir na ca sampratiṣṭhā

‘Neither its shape as such, nor its end, nor beginning nor source, is here understood.’

By people immersed in Samsāra, the shape (i.e., the meaning) of this Tree is not understood in that it has its root above, —the four-faced Brahma being the origin there—; in that it has branches spreading gradually downwards having man at the terminals; and in that its branches again spread upwards and downwards determined by karmas enacted when in the condition of men. What they perceive is simply this much, viz: ‘I am man; the son of Devadatta I am; the father of Yajñadatta I am,’ etc., and occupy themselves in such worldly affairs as are appropriate to these relations.

They perceive not too that an end can be put to this Tree by weaning themselves from the Guṇa-gencrated enjoyments; nor do they perceive that its beginning lies in the connection formed with the Guṇas; nor do they, too, perceive the source or origin wherefrom the tree springs, viz: unwisdom1 producing the delusion of mistaking what is not ego for what is ego (or what is body for what is soul).

Pratishtḥā=source, origin, or the seat wherein all this- want of understanding (or perception) is fixed, viz: unwisdom2 (ajñāna) itself.

>> Chapter 15 Verses 3 and 3.5

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  1. Unwisdom is the perversity or wrong use of our free-will.
  2. Unwisdom is the perversity or wrong use of our free-will.

15.2 adhaś ca mūlāny anusantatāni (Original)

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Chapter 15

<< Chapter 15 verse 1.5

Simple

adhaś ca mūlāny anusantatāni
karmānubandhīni manuṣya-loke

‘Below, in the world of men, do stretch its karma-bound rootlets.’

This Tree having the root in Brahma-loka, and the (branch-)ends in (the world of) man, has its rootlets again in this world of man. And these rootlets are karma-bound,
i.e., karmas are their causes, and they make these rootlets in this world of man. For, works (karma) wrought when in the state of man, are the roots from which, on the one hand, the conditions of man, animals etc., result on lower levels, and the conditions of devas etc., on higher levels above.

>> Chapter 15 Verse 2.5

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