16.8 asathyam aprathishtam thE

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Chapter 16

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SlOkam – Original

asathyam aprathishtam thE jagadhAhur anISvaram |
aparasparasambhUtham kim anyath kAmahaithukam ||

word-by-word meaning

thE – Those demoniac persons
jagath – the world
asathyam aprathishtam anISvaram Ahu: – not saying that “is pervaded by brahmam (lord), supported by brahmam and controlled by brahmam”;
aparaspara sambhUtham – “that which is not created by mutual union (of male and female)
kim anyan (ithi Ahu:) – which entity exists?” – they say;
(jagath) kAma hEthukam (Ahu:) – (hence) the world exists based on lust – they say.

Simple Translation

Those demoniac persons are not saying “this world is pervaded by brahmam (lord), supported by brahmam and controlled by brahmam”; they say “Is there an entity which is not created by mutual union (of male and female)? (hence) the world exists based on lust”.

Rendering based on ALkoNdavilli gOvindhAchArya swAmy’s English translation of gIthA bhAshyam

‘Say they: “the Universe is unreal, without prop, without Lord; and what else is it but the product of mutual union, (of male and female) having lust for (its) cause?”’

Asatyam = Unreal, or that which is not an effect sprung from Brahm Who is Truth.

Apratishṭham = Without prop i.e., not having Brahm for its (Universe’s) rest or prop. Says an authority: ‘This Universe is borne on the head of the Serpent-King, the Universe (in its turn) supporting the chain of spheres along with (their denizens) men, demons, and gods.’[1. Vish: Pur: II-5-27: ‘Ten-eyam nāga-varyeṇa, śirasā vidhṛitā mahī.’]

Anīśvaram = Without a Lord or God-less; i.e., they say that this universe is not under the Government of a God —Myself— Who is Infallible-willed, Supreme Brahm, Lord of all etc., as declared for example in:— ‘I am the Origin of all; from Me operates everything’ etc., (Gi: X-8).

They also prate thus: “Do we find it (Universe) anything more than the product of the mutual union of male and female sexes —the products known as man, beast etc? It is quite evident that it is no more than this, and that lust (or sexual passion) is the only cause.”

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1 thought on “16.8 asathyam aprathishtam thE”

  1. Swamy Namaskaram

    Do we have a Tamil version of the explanation of Bhaghavad Gita. Great is Devareer’s service Swamy.

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