4.26 SabdhAdhIn vishayAn anya

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SlOkam – Original

SabdhAdhIn vishayAn anya indhriyAgnishu juhvathi ||

word-by-word meaning

anyE – yet other karma yOgis
SabdhAdhIn vishayAn – sense-objects such as sound
indhriyAgnishu – in the fire of sensory organs
juhvathi – engage in sacrifice

Simple Translation

Yet other karma yOgis engage the sense objects such as sound etc in the sacrificial fire of sensory organs (i.e., they try to fully restrain from sense gratification).

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

‘Others sacrifice the sense-objects: sound etc, into the sense-fires.’

Other (karma)-yogis strive to calm, quell, restrain the appetites which the senses feel towards gratifying themselves by coming in contact with their respective objects.[1. Gītābhāshya(1969) by Śrī M.R.Sampatkumāran: “Other yogins strive to prevent the addiction of the senses to sound and such other objects of the senses.” Footnote from same work: “The restraint of the senses (mentioned in the previous verse), Tātparya Chandrika explains, is keeping them away from their objects. The offering of the objects of the senses (in this verse) as oblations into the fires of the senses is to make them disregard their objects as of little importance even when they are near. This amounts practically to making the senses abstain completely from contact with forbidden objects and free from undue attachment to those not opposed to the practice of righteousness.” Editor’s Note: Śrīla Prabhupāda, a Gaudiya Vaishnava Acharya, explains this same principle explicitly in the context of the Āśrama system.]

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