13.14 sarvendriya-guṇābhāsaṁ (Original)

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Chapter 13

<< Chapter 13 verse 13


asaktaṁ sarva-bhṛc caiva
nirguṇaṁ guṇa-bhoktṛ ca

‘Shining with all the sense-faculties, without all the senses; unaffected, assuming all; guṇa-less, guṇa-tasting.’

Shining with all sense-faculties: that which is capable of shining or functioning with all the faculties of the senses.


The meaning is that with such faculties also, it (soul) is capable of perceiving objects; but by nature, it is devoid of all senses, for without sense-faculties even, it is by its own virtue capable of knowing all.

Asaktam=unaffected, or by nature unattached to bodies such as deva etc. And yet,

Sarvabhṛit= assuming or capable of assuming all bodies such as deva etc., as declared in the Śruti:

‘He becomes unifid, becomes trifid etc.’

Nirguṇam = guṇa-less or intrinsically without the qualities such as satva etc., pertaining to matter and yet,

Guṇa-bhoktṛi=the enjoyer of the guṇas, satva etc.

>> Chapter 13 verse 15

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