17.3 sattvānurūpā sarvasya (Original)

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Chapter 17

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sattvānurūpā sarvasya
śraddhā bhavati bhārata
śraddhā-mayo ’yaṁ puruṣo
yo yac-chraddhaḥ sa eva saḥ

‘The faith of every one, Bhārata! accords with his mind; one is saturated with faith; of what one is, he is that.'[1. ‘Desire first fathers the thought, and then thought woos belief’ says Alger.]

Satvam=Antaḥ-karaṇam=(The inner-sense), the mind. As is the mind, so is the faith of every person; in other words, whatever quality is the mind conjoined with, faith is begot for such things as are of that quality. The term satvam (mind) implies the body and the senses mentioned afore-said (See Comm: Stanza[2. TBD.]).

Śraddhāmayaḥ or the man saturated with faith: means that man is the embodiment of faith itself.

Of whatever faith he is united to, into that faith he becomes transformed. The sense is that if a person is filled with faith for a meritorious work, he becomes entitled to meritorious fruit thereof; so that faith of any kind leads to a fruit corresponding to that faith.

The subject is further expanded:

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