Abhayam sattva-samsuddhih 16.1



Abhayaṁ sattva-samśuddhih jñāna-yoga-vyavasthitiḥ

dānaṁ damaś ca yajñaś ca svādhyāyas tapa ārjavam 


abhayaṁ – fear not 

sattva-samśuddhih – the mode of goodness (truth) that is to be sung together or in union with

jñāna-yoga-vyavasthitiḥ –  path of knowledge that is fixed in (vyavastha)

dānaṁ – charity

damaś – the strength of its power (damas is not control of the senses, that is the term for the indriyas)

ca  – also

yajñaś – sacrifice made to the sacred fire

ca – also 

svādhyāyas –  own self reading following the text or the study of scriptures 

tapa – with a burning 

ārjavam – is one’s uprightness or straight forwardness 


Full meaning:

Fear not the mode of goodness (or truth) that is to be sung together or in union with jnana yoga or path of knowledge that is fixed in charity, control of senses also, the sacrifice made to the sacred fire, own self reading following the text or the study of scriptures with a burning is one’s uprightness or straight forwardness. 

Jna yoga is the yoga or path of knowledge. The way I have seen it be used in my life is not merely for knowledge but one should have wisdom from that knowledge.  Jna yoga or path of knowledge fixed in charity is because ours is the religion of dharma, the outcome should be for dharma. The word dharma means righteousness, duty, doing what is right, charity and working for a cause that you treasure (18.47). 

The path of knowledge is also not without the control of senses. The more we know of this world, the more controlled our senses become of the body. 

It is also fixed in yajna, because summoning agni is higher form of worship that has been done by rishi’s and priests in Hinduism  and the rites performed to agni is test of our experience right and wrong here and of what we seek here on earth. The sun is what is making the science of action possible. Evoking Agni through yanja, or doing surya namasksram is in way worshipping the foremost source of all Hindu knowledge. It is the measure of your life, science of action and sacrifice here on earth.

Also, own self participating in study of religion or scriptures is also one’s uprightness or straight forward, would you not say that is the scripture of mankind?

What does it say in Gita?
Gita 16.1

Why is translation just the words, what about these words, was that communicated in the translation in way the Sanskrit is written or read?


About Iksvakave

I am on a quest to understand my religion --- Hinduism. I have decided to keep a log of my discoveries, and experiences and what I have come to learn in the process. I like to travel through people vicariously. To observe the working of the mind, body and spirit. And heart. The soul infact is what our bodies have and what we are ultimately or in the end! The pricelessness of the soul is a soul is only potentially divine. Our journey here is therefore to understand that divinity in our lives. The ideals of societies, language, culture religion, and spirituality, is what interests me. what we know and don't know and outside of our four walls, maybe the priceless truth of that journey here on earth also, our yoga to be learned and equally perfected in life. What this blog is about is the values of the mother tongue India. And the values and culture of India and my nationality America. Pricelessness of it one will come to know you see. The forehead, is the center of the Hindu conscious. veena kodali

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