The Tattvasangraha [with commentary]

by Ganganatha Jha | 1937 | 699,812 words | ISBN-10: 8120800583 | ISBN-13: 9788120800588

This page contains verse 139 of the 8th-century Tattvasangraha (English translation) by Shantarakshita, including the commentary (Panjika) by Kamalashila: dealing with Indian philosophy from a Buddhist and non-Buddhist perspective. The Tattvasangraha (Tattvasamgraha) consists of 3646 Sanskrit verses; this is verse 139.

Sanskrit text, Unicode transliteration and English translation by Ganganath Jha:

एकरूपतिरोभावे ह्यन्यरूपसमुद्भवे ।
मृदादाविव संसिध्येत्परिणामस्तु नाक्रमे ॥ १३९ ॥

ekarūpatirobhāve hyanyarūpasamudbhave |
mṛdādāviva saṃsidhyetpariṇāmastu nākrame || 139 ||

There could be ‘modification’ only if there were disappearance of one form followed by the appearance of another form,—as is found to be the case with ölay and other things;—it could not be possible however if all appeared without sequence (simultaneously).—(139)


Kamalaśīla’s commentary (tattvasaṃgrahapañjikā):

Question—“Even if things are accomplished simultaneously, why should not they be modifications?”

The Answer is supplied by the following Text:—[see verse 139 above]

In a thing in regard to which there was no ‘Sequence’, however, ‘modification’ would not be possible; the term ‘tu’, ‘however’, is to be construed with ‘akrame—From this it follows that it cannot be right to regard Things as ‘consisting of Sound’, through ‘modification’,—(139)

The following Text proceeds to show that the other alternative cannot be maintained:—[see verse 140 next]

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