SrI: SrImathE SatakOpAya nama: SrImathE rAmAnujAya nama: SrImadh varavaramunayE nama:
piLLai lOkAchAryar explains what it means to say “It [giving up one’s body as means to reach bhagavAn] has to be fully given up when it comes as rule and cannot be given up when it comes out of love”.
upAyathva anusandhAnam nivarthakam; upEyathva anusandhAnam pravarthakam.
Thinking about these acts as means will lead to giving them up; thinking about them as goal will lead to pursuing them.
upAyathva anusandhAnam nivarthakam
When a person considers it [giving up one’s body as means to reach bhagavAn] as a rule, the action in the form of giving up his body, that thought will make him refrain from such action.
upEyathva anusandhAnam pravarthakam
When a person considers it as an action which is done out of love, as he considers such act of giving up the body as the goal thinking “it is better to give up the body rather than being a witness to the damage done to bhagavAn”, such thought will make him engage in such action.
When it occurs as a rule, the thought of bhagavAn as means, will make him refrain from the act; when it occurs out of love, the thought of bhagavAn as goal, will make him engage in the act.
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