13.21 kāraṇaṁ guṇa-saṅgo ’sya (Original)

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Chapter 13

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kāraṇaṁ guṇa-saṅgo ’sya

‘Attachment to qualities (gunas) is the cause of births in good and evil wombs.’

This soul, born in a series of retrospective births among devas, man etc., —all variations of matter-forms,— delights in (or evinces attachment for) guṇa-sated pleasures etc., varying in their sātvika and other characteristics according to the incidents of such births; and in so doing launches into activities, good or evil, in order to procure for itself such pleasures. In order then to reap the fruits of such good or evil acts, it is inevitably born again in good or evil wombs (respectively). Born, he acts again; acting, he is born again. This circumvolution never stops till he will take to the culture of the virtues: ‘Reverence etc.,’ (vide, Gi: XIII-7 to 11) leading to soul-acquisition.

Hence, it is declared:

‘Attachment to guṇas is the cause of births in good and evil wombs.’[1. Cp: Bh: Gi: III-27; Tat: Tra: Chit 34: ‘Guṇa-samsarga kṛitam;’ Yoga Sū: II-17; ‘Drashtṛi &c;’ Vish: Pur: I-2-1 and VI-7-22, and Bhāg: VI-17-29. ‘Dehinām &c.’]

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