8.28 vedeṣu yajñeṣu tapaḥsu caiva (Original)

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Chapter 8

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vedeṣu yajñeṣu tapaḥsu caiva
dāneṣu yat puṇya-phalaṁ pradiṣṭam
atyeti tat sarvam idaṁ viditvā
yogī paraṁ sthānam upaiti cādyam

‘Whatever fruit is declared for Vedas, Sacrifices, Austerities and Gifts, the yogi transcends all by knowing this; and reaches the state, supreme and primal.’

For Vedas=(or prosecuting the studies of the Vedas, viz.,, Rik, Yajus, Sāma and Atharva.

Yajñas=the various ritualistic Sacrifices.

Tapas=austerities, mortification by fasting, rigorous penances etc.

Dāna=gifts, giving in charity, philanthropic works etc.

All these and such like are merit-bringing.

Whatever rewards are assigned (in the Śāstras) for those pious practices, he, who knows the greatness of the nature of Bhagavān declared in these two discourses, transcends. This is to mean that the knowledge of this brings him so much blissfulness that he makes light of the rewards appointed for Vedas etc., considering them as insignificant as a blade of grass.

Yogi=become yogi or jñāni or God-lover. He reaches the Supreme and Original Abode, the Abode of all the jñānis (saints=redeemed souls).


Thus closes The Eighth Discourse,

Named Akshara-Parabrahma-Yoga,

Or Communion with the Immortal Parabrahma,

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 Śrī Bhagavān,

The Bhagavad Gītā.

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