The Tattvasangraha [with commentary]

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

This page contains verse 691 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 691.

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

मनोयोगात्मनां पूर्वं विस्तरेण निबन्धनात् ।
परोक्तलक्षणोपेतं नादृष्टमुपपद्यते ॥ ६९१ ॥

manoyogātmanāṃ pūrvaṃ vistareṇa nibandhanāt |
paroktalakṣaṇopetaṃ nādṛṣṭamupapadyate || 691 ||

Mind, mind’s contact and the soul having been previously discarded,—there can be no ‘unseen force’ of the kinds postulated by the other party.—(691)


Kamalaśīla’s commentary (tattvasaṃgrahapañjikā):

The Author next points out objections against the Qualities of ‘Merit and Demerit’:—[see verse 691 above]

“The Unseen Force (Destiny) is what brings the fruits of an act to its Doer,—it is a Quality of the Soul,—is produced by the contact of the Soul and Mind,—and is destroyed by its own effect; it is of two kinds—the two kinds being Merit and Dement; of these Merit becomes the cause of the Doer’s happiness, welfare and liberation; and Demerit becomes the cause of his unhappiness, calamities and sin.”

Such is the account of the Unseen Force provided by the other party.

Inasmuch as the Soul, the Mind, and the contact of these—which have been regarded as the cause of the said Force,—have been already rejected before,—there can be no Cause for the said Force; and hence it is concluded that it cannot be existent.

As regards Sound, that has been held to be the Quality of Ākāśa,—it has been already rejected above, when it came under review, apart from its proper place. Hence objections against it are not repeated here.—(691)

End of Chapter XI.

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