18.29 budhdhEr bhedham dhruthES chaiva

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Chapter 18

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SlOkam – Original

budhdhEr bhedham dhruthES chaiva guNathas thrividham SruNu |
prOchyamAnam aSEshENa pruthakthvEna dhananjaya ||

word-by-word meaning

dhananjaya – Oh arjuna!
budhdhE: – Intellect (of analysing and firmly determining)
dhruthE: cha Eva – firm stand (even if there are hurdles in the karma which is started)
guNatha: – by the three-fold qualities
thrividham bhEdham – the three variations
pruthakthvEna prOchyamAnam – my individual explanation
aSEshENa SruNu – listen (as it is).

Simple Translation

Oh arjuna! Listen (as it is) to my individual explanation on the three variations of intellect (of analysing and firmly determining) and firm stand (even if there are hurdles in the karma which is started), based on the three-fold qualities.

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

‘Listen Dhanañjaya! to the distinction of Reason and Purpose made threefold by the Guṇas; —completely and severally to be described.’

Reason (buddhi)=the ratiocinative faculty, or the intelligence which wisely determines.

Purpose (dhṛiti) = The resolve, steadfastness or courage to stand any trial which may attend the prosecution of a work undertaken.

Hear the threefold distinctions of these rendered so by the Guṇas:—

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