3.43 evaṁ buddheḥ paraṁ buddhvā (Original)

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Chapter 3

<< Chapter 3 verse 42


evaṁ buddheḥ paraṁ buddhvā
saṁstabhyātmānam ātmanā
jahi śatruṁ mahā-bāho
kāma-rūpaṁ durāsadam

‘O strong-armed! thus knowing this (lust=kāma) which surpasses buddhi, and steadying the manas with (thy) buddhi[2. Steadying the manas with buddhi, is equivalent to: ‘Steadying thy vacillating mind by thy firm will’. In popular expositions, the strict philosophical meanings of terms must be partly forgotten.], destroy the irrepressible lust-shaped foe.[3. ‘Kill then, O Great-armed Chief! that hardly conquered foe, The love of what is unrighteous and sole root of woe.’ Śri Yogi S. Pārthasārathi Aiyangār.]’

Thus knowing that desire is even prior to buddhi, know it to be the antagonist to jñāna-yoga. Do will, or firmly resolve, then, to keep thy mind firmly established in ātmā; and destroy this, thy inveterate foe in the guise of lust.


Thus closes Lecture Three, named Karma-Yoga,

or the Path of Works,

with Śri Rāmānuja’s commentary thereon,

in the colloquy between Śri Kṛishṇa and Arjuna,

In the Science of Yoga,

in the Divine knowledge of the Upanishads,

or the Chants of Bhagavān,

the Bhagavad Gītā.

>> Chapter 4

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