Shrimad Bhagavad-gita

by Narayana Gosvami | 2013 | 327,105 words

The Bhagavad-gita Verse 17.17, English translation, including the Vaishnava commentaries Sarartha-varsini-tika, Prakashika-vritti and Rasika-ranjana (excerpts). This is verse Verse 17.17 from the chapter 17 called “Shraddha-traya-vibhaga-yoga (Yoga through discerning the three types of Faith)”

Sanskrit text, Unicode transliteration, Word-for-word and English translation of verse 17.17:

श्रद्धया परया तप्तं तपस् तत् त्रि-विधं नरैः ।
अफलाकाङ्क्षिभिर् युक्तैः सात्त्विकं परिचक्षते ॥ १७ ॥

śraddhayā parayā taptaṃ tapas tat tri-vidhaṃ naraiḥ |
aphalākāṅkṣibhir yuktaiḥ sāttvikaṃ paricakṣate
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śraddhayā–faith; parayā–with great; taptam–executed; tapaḥ–austerity; tat–this; tri-vidham–threefold, in goodness, passion and ignorance; naraiḥ–by men; aphala-ākāṅkṣibhiḥ–without desire for results; yuktaiḥ–of concentrated and undivided mind; sāttvikam–in the quality of goodness; paricakṣate–is said to be.

This threefold austerity performed with great faith and one-pointed attention by those who are free from desire for remuneration is said by learned persons to be governed by the quality of goodness.

Commentary: Sārārtha-Varṣiṇī Ṭīkā

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

The word tri-vidham refers to austerities of body, speech and mind that are endowed with the symptoms described above.


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