5.13 sarva-karmāṇi manasā (Original)

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Chapter 5

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sarva-karmāṇi manasā
sannyasyāste sukhaṁ vaśī
nava-dvāre pure dehī
naiva kurvan na kārayan

‘Neither doing aught, nor causing any act, the embodied mentally consigns all acts to the nine-gated city (body), and sits therein the happy victor.’

Distinguishing in the mind that all authorship of work rests in the body, —with which ātma is conjoined as a result of past deeds—, and that, therefore, authorship does not proceed as an essential attribute of ātma, the embodied ātma shall assign all acts to the nine-gated city (body). Himself, independent (vaśi or victor), remains happy, not doing aught as a consequence of his residing in the body, nor causing the body to act.

What is really the true nature of (this independent) ātma? It is stated:—

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