13.29 prakṛtyaiva ca karmāṇi (Original)

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Chapter 13

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prakṛtyaiva ca karmāṇi
kriyamāṇāni sarvaśaḥ
yaḥ paśyati tathātmānam
akartāraṁ sa paśyati

‘He seeth, who so seeth that by matter alone are all acts enacted[1. Cp. Bh: Gi: III-2728; Cp: with Tyndall’s Fragments of Science, p: 495 (Longmans, 1896). “The principle of every change resides in matter…….., in nature the agent works within, being the most active and mobile part of the material itself.”]; seeth that likewise ātma is not actor.’

Whoso sees —that all actions proceed from the agency of matter in the manner previously averred in:

‘For creating effect and instruments, matter is said to be the cause’ (Gi: XIII-20); and sees that the soul being one of intelligence is not the actor; and therefore sees, that it is ignorance in the shape of karma, that brings about (1) the associating with matter, (2) the condition of informing[2. meaning: ruling over] it, and (3) the experiencing of joys and griefs occasioned thereby, —such a man— sees ātma in its true light.

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