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This shloka describes that supreme state, attaining which a saadhaka is eternally happy and contented. When he attains this state, he is neither grieved nor elated by sense objects, neither attached, nor repelled by them. His joy no more depends on any external situation. But the joy becomes self-effulgent; it springs from within, where lies the fountain of never-ending joy and delight. A seeker who has reached this supreme state in life, where he is sporting and rejoicing in his own Self, becomes ever-contented irrespective of the external situation.

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11 - न खिद्यते

 

Delight In Your Own Self

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न खिद्यते नो विषयैः प्रमोदते
न सज्जते नापि विरज्यते च ।
स्वस्मिन्सदा क्रीडति नन्दति स्वयं
निरन्तरानन्दरसेन तृप्तः ।।
- विवेकचूडामणिः ५३६
 
na khidyate no viṣayaiḥ pramodate
na sajjate nāpi virajyate ca |
svasmin-sadā krīḍati nandati svayaṁ
nirantar-ānandarasena tṛptaḥ ||
- Vivekacūḍāmaṇiḥ 536

Translation:

Contented with the experience of constant bliss, he is neither tormented nor elated by the sense interactions. He neither clings to them, nor he is averse to them. He always sports and delights in his own Self.

Points for Introspection:

In this world, some objects we like, some we dislike. We are attached to certain objects, averse to others. Although every human being wants to be happy and joyous always, one is happy only when he interacts with objects which he likes. Also, he is unhappy when the interactions are with objects he dislikes.

Then, is there any state where man is always contented? What is that state? Who is the one who attains that state? And what is the nature of his behaviour then?

This shloka describes that supreme state, attaining which a saadhaka is eternally happy and contented. When he attains this state, he is neither grieved nor elated by sense objects, neither attached, nor repelled by them. His joy no more depends on any external situation. But the joy becomes self-effulgent; it springs from within, where lies the fountain of never-ending joy and delight. A seeker who has reached this supreme state in life, where he is sporting and rejoicing in his own Self, becomes ever-contented irrespective of the external situation.

One who realizes the Self or Brahman, reaches this supreme state of joyfulness. Whatever are the characteristics and behaviour of a Self-knower, becomes the saadhana for a seeker. A seeker should constantly contemplate upon this beautiful state of supreme felicity and aspire to attain that state oneself.

While chanting this verse repeatedly one can taste the Aanandarasa – nectarine joy that wells forth from the depth within. The very words ‘krīḍati’ and ‘nandati’ make one feel light and devoid of dislikes. One should try to reflect upon this state, love it and yearn for it. While chanting, he must feel that such a state exists and it is possible to reach it.

Word Meaning:

न (na) = not; खिद्यते (khidyate) = gets tormented; नो (no) = not; विषयैः (viṣayaiḥ) = by the sense objects; प्रमोदते (pramodate) = delighted, elated; न (na) = not; सज्जते (sajjate) = clings; न (na) = not; अपि (api) = also; विरज्यते (virajyate) = is averse to; च (ca) = and; स्वस्मिन् (svasmin) = in oneself; सदा (sadā) = always, every time; क्रीडति (krīḍati) = plays; नन्दति (nandati) = rejoices, delights; स्वयं (svayaṁ) = oneself; निरन्तरानन्दरसेन (nirantarānandarasena) = with the taste of constant bliss; तृप्तः (tṛptaḥ) = contented;

अन्वयः

निरन्तरानन्दरसेन तृप्तः (ब्रह्मवित्) विषयैः न खिद्यते नो प्रमोदते । न सज्जते न अपि विरज्यते च । सदा स्वस्मिन् क्रीडति स्वयं नन्दति ।

Nirantarānandarasena tṛptaḥ (brahmavit) viṣayaiḥ na khidyate no pramodate. Na sajjate na api virajyate ca. sadā svasmin krīḍati svayaṁ nandati.

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