18.22 yat tu kṛtsna-vad ekasmin (Original)

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Chapter 18

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yat tu kṛtsna-vad ekasmin
kārye saktam ahaitukam
atattvārtha-vad alpaṁ ca
tat tāmasam udāhṛtam

‘But that (Knowledge) is called Tāmasa, which
clings to one act as if it were all, without reason, without grasping the reality, and narrow.’

Any one act, such as constitutes the worship of the hordes of Pretas, Bhutās etc., and considering this one act, which by nature carries but small fruit, as if it were all, or as that which would bestow any and every fruit desired.

Without reason (ahetukam) = Blindly thinking that that which is productive of but small result is pregnant with all results.

Without reality (atatvārthavat) = the notion of separateness in substance, quality etc., of ātmā-nature referred to previously (in Stanzas 20, 21).

Narrow (alpam), since it relates to such trivial acts as those of worshipping ghosts etc.

After thus showing the Guṇa-formed threefold character of Knowledge as abiding in one in the capacity of Performer of an act, the Guṇa-formed threefold character of the performed Act itself is now explained:-

>> Chapter 18 Verse 23

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