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Panchadasi - (81)
« on: August 23, 2008, 05:26:21 PM »
The Chapter IV continues....

Verse 57:-  O! Knower of Truth, do not sink to the level
of pigs in the sty!  Freeing yourself from all the defects
arising from your mind, be worshipped by the world like a god.

Verse 58:-  The scriptures dealing with liberation, proclaim
that these urges of passions can be overcome by constantly
thinking over the fettering nature of the objects of desire.
Adopt these means, conquer the passions and be happy.

Verse 60:-  "If a dwells mentally on any object of desire,
he will be attached to it.  Attachment gives rise to a longing
for it, and the frustration of desire leads to anger."

(Srimad Bhagavad Gita 2.62)

Verse 60A*:-  'From anger comes delusion, and from delusion
loss of memory.  From loss of memory comes the ruin of
discrimination, and from the ruin of discrimination the man

(This verse 60A is not available in some editions of Panchadasi.
Nevertheless, it is a beautiful verse.  In Viveka Choodamani,
Sri Sankara says, the fall is like the fall of a ball from upstairs
to downstairs, through steps!  The fall is swift.  You know
how difficult it is to take a ball from the ground to upstairs through   
steps, by bouncing it on each step.  The fall is so swift, it does
not take much time and effort!)

Verse 61:-  This tendency of thinking on objects may be overcome
by meditation on the atrributelss Brahman.  This can gradually be
done, by first meditating on Isvara.

To be contd.,

Arunachala Siva.