Shrimad Bhagavad-gita

by Narayana Gosvami | 2013 | 327,105 words

The Bhagavad-gita Verse 16.10, English translation, including the Vaishnava commentaries Sarartha-varsini-tika, Prakashika-vritti and Rasika-ranjana (excerpts). This is verse Verse 16.10 from the chapter 16 called “Daivasura-sampada-yoga (Yoga through discerning Divine and Demoniac Qualities)”

Sanskrit text, Unicode transliteration, Word-for-word and English translation of verse 16.10:

कामम् आश्रित्य दुष्पूरं दम्भ-मान-मदान्विताः ।
मोहाद् गृहीत्वाऽसद्-ग्राहान् प्रवर्त्तन्तेऽशुचि-व्रताः ॥ १० ॥

kāmam āśritya duṣpūraṃ dambha-māna-madānvitāḥ |
mohād gṛhītvā'sad-grāhān pravarttante'śuci-vratāḥ
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kāmam–lust; āśritya–taking shelter; duṣpūram–of insatiable; dambha–hypocrisy; māna–pride; mada–and arrogance; anvitāḥ–filled with; mohāt–out of delusion; gṛhītvā–accepting; asat-grāhān–temporary sense objects; pravarttante–they engage (in the worship of insignificant demigods); aśuci-vratāḥ–sworn to depravity.

Driven by insatiable desires and filled with hypocrisy, pride and arrogance, these deluded persons always hanker after temporary sense objects. Sworn to depravity, they engage in the worship of insignificant demigods.

Commentary: Sārārtha-Varṣiṇī Ṭīkā

(By Śrīla Viśvanātha Cakravartī Ṭhākura; the innermost intention of the commentary named ‘the shower of essential meanings’)

Asad-grāhān pravarttante means that they become inclined to follow bogus ideology, and aśuci-vratāḥ refers to those who have given up pure conduct and behave in an abominable manner.

Commentary: Sārārtha-Varṣiṇī Prakāśikā-vṛtti

(By Śrīla Bhaktivedānta Nārāyaṇa Gosvāmī Mahārāja; the explanation that illuminates the commentary named Sārārtha-varṣiṇī)

Persons of a demoniac tem-perament, who do not accept a Supreme Controller and the Vedic conclusions, consider that the success of human life is only to accumulate wealth, and by it, fulfil their selfish desires. For this reason, they remain attached to impure activities such as drinking wine, eating meat, having illicit sex and gambling. They deride the Vedic conclusions, being completely intoxicated by pride and false ego. Only people like this are glorified in modern atheistic society. Although they are pushing society to the threshold of destruction, they proudly consider themselves to be highly intelligent.

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