3.38 dhūmenāvriyate vahnir (Original)

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dhūmenāvriyate vahnir
yathādarśo malena ca
yatholbenāvṛto garbhas
tathā tenedam āvṛtam

‘Like the fire enveloped by smoke, the mirror
by stain, and the embryo by the amnion, so is this (world) wrapped in it (lust).’

This=all creatures (the world): is immersed in desires, like smoke enveloping the fire; like the stain obscuring the brightness of a looking glass, like the foetus ensheathed in its (membraneous) cover[3. Ulba:- Śruti defines it as “Uttarm vā ulbāj jarāyuḥ”.]

How it envelopes is explained :—

>> Chapter 3 verse 39

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