The Tattvasangraha [with commentary]

by Ganganatha Jha | 1937 | ISBN-10: 8120800583 | ISBN-13: 9788120800588

This page describes verse 693 of the Tattvasangraha (English translation) by Shantarakshita (8th century), including the commentary (Panjika) by Kamalashila: both dealing with philosophy from a Buddhist and non-Buddhist perspective. The Tattva-sangraha (aka Tattvasamgraha) consists of 3646 verses.

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

जन्मातिरिक्तकालं हि क्रियाकालं परे जगुः ।
इष्टाशुतरनाशेषु दीपादिष्वपि वस्तुषु ॥ ६९३ ॥

janmātiriktakālaṃ hi kriyākālaṃ pare jaguḥ |
iṣṭāśutaranāśeṣu dīpādiṣvapi vastuṣu || 693 ||

The other party also have asserted that the time of action is subsequent to the time of the birth of the object,—even in such things as the lamp-flame, which are admitted (by him also) to be fleeting in their character.—(693)


Kamalaśīla’s commentary (tattvasaṃgrahapañjikā):

The following Text shows that the Reason set forth (by the Buddhist, in the Inference just cited) is not ‘Fallible’ (or Inconclusive):—[see verse 693 above]

Some things are admitted to be fleeting in their character;—e.g. the Lamp-flame is admitted to be something which ceases very quickly; and even in these, Action appears only after they are born,—i.e. come into existence; and have been held to last only for ‘six moments’, and only to that extent, not-momentary (lasting).—(693)

The following Text shows how this is so.—[see verses 694-695 next]