SrI: SrImathE SatakOpAya nama: SrImathE rAmAnujAya nama: SrImath varavaramunayE nama:
yatato hy api kaunteya
haranti prasabhaṁ manaḥ
‘Forsooth, Kaunteya[1. A matronymic of Arjuna (=son of Kunti).]! The turbulent senses forcibly seduce away the mind of even the sedulous sage[2. Cf: ‘The roving eye misleads the careless heart.’ Cowper.].’
Without ātmā-cognition, the cravings for sensuous experiences never entirely surcease. The exertions of even the persevering sage nevertheless, the restless or powerful senses forcibly decoy the mind away. Thus the conquest of the senses is dependent on ātmā-perception; and ātmā-perception is dependent on sense-conquest. Hence the difficulty of pursuing the Wisdom-Course (or Jñāna-nishṭhā).
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