The Tattvasangraha [with commentary]

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

This page contains verse 140 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 140.

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

अथापि कार्यरूपेण शब्दब्रह्ममयं जगत् ।
तथाऽपि निर्विकारत्वात्ततो नैव क्रमोदयः ॥ १४० ॥

athāpi kāryarūpeṇa śabdabrahmamayaṃ jagat |
tathā'pi nirvikāratvāttato naiva kramodayaḥ || 140 ||

If the world be regarded as ‘consisting of sound’ in the form of ‘product’ (not eternal),—even so, as sound would be unmodifiable, there could be no sequential appearance.—(140)


Kamalaśīla’s commentary (tattvasaṃgrahapañjikā):

Even so, as Sound is eternal (ex hypothesi), and hence unmodifiable,—it is not possible for the Products to appear sequentially; in fact, all things should appear simultaneously, as being the effects of equally perfect cause of unobstructed potency. In fact, the appearance of effects is delayed only when there is some imperfection in the Cause; if the Cause is perfect, therefore, for what would the effect wait, and hence not appear simultaneously?—(140)

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