15.1.5 adhaś cordhvaṁ prasṛtās tasya śākhā (Original)

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Chapter 15

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adhaś cordhvaṁ prasṛtās tasya śākhā
guṇa-pravṛddhā viṣaya-pravālāḥ

‘Below as well as above, do its branches spread
nourished by the Guṇas[1. Or qualities or properties of matter, Satvam &c., (note 1, verse 2.45)]; its sprouts (are) the sense objects.’

This Tree having the branches of man etc., ramify downwards along with other branches, —arising from karma– showing but as men, animals etc. It ramifies upwards in the shape of Gandharvas, Yakshas, Devas etc. The branches get nourished by the Guṇas, viz: Satvam etc. (Vide: Lecture XIV). It has for its sprouts the various objects of the senses.


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