16.9 etāṁ dṛṣṭim avaṣṭabhya (Original)

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Chapter 16

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etāṁ dṛṣṭim avaṣṭabhya
naṣṭātmāno ’lpa-buddhayaḥ
prabhavanty ugra-karmāṇaḥ
kṣayāya jagato ’hitāḥ

‘Adopting this view, the soul-lost, small-witted, and deed-cruel, vile (beings), become the ruin of the Universe.’

Adopting : means embracing or holding.

Nasht-ātmānaḥ = Soul-lost, or those who have lost their souls, or who have not seen that a soul is distinct from body (either by faith or by experience).

Alpa-buddhayaḥ = Small-witted = those who cannot cognize that there is a ‘cognizer’ —Ātma— in the ‘cognized’ body, which is like a pot (which one sees as a separate object).

Ugra-karmāṇaḥ = Deed-cruel = Those who are persecutors or molesters of all beings, by their cruel acts.

These creatures are pests who undermine the Universe.

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