18.39 yad agre cānubandhe ca (Original)

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Chapter 18

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yad agre cānubandhe ca
sukhaṁ mohanam ātmanaḥ
tat tāmasam udāhṛtam

‘That is said to be Tāmasa-Happiness, which enthrals [i.e., deludes] ātma, both in the beginning and the end; and which springs from sleep, sloth and listlessness.’

The beginning is during experience, the end is when the experience shows itself in results. Always it (this Happiness) enthrals [i.e., deludes] ātma. Infatuation (moha) means the obscuration of things from appearing in their true lights.

Sleep etc., are causes of delusion even during the time of enjoyment. The delusive character of sleep is self-evident.

Sloth (ālasya) = the languidness of sense-functions. When senses are dull, certainly dullness of intellect follows suite.

Heedlessness (pramāda) is inattention to work on hand. Here also the dullness of intellect is patent. Hence the delusive character of sloth and heedlessness as well, (like sleep). Hence this Happiness is of the Tāmasa-kind.

Thus it has been shown that both Rajas and Tamas are fit to be suppressed by the Moksha-aspirant, and Satvam acquired.

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