Chapter 13 (Happiness)


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janaka uvāca

akicanabhava svāstha kaupīnatve’pi durlabham
tyāgādāne vihāyāsmādahamāse yathāsukham

Janaka said : The inner freedom which is born of the consciousness that there is nothing but the Self is reare even for one who wears but a loin cloth. Therefore, giving up renunciation and acceptance, I live happily.


kutrāpi kheda kāyasya jihvā kutrāpi khedyate
mana kutrāpi tattyaktvā puruārthe sthita sukham

Sometimes one experiences distress because of one’s body, sometimes because of one’s speech, and sometimes because of one’s mind. Having renounced these, in life’s supreme goal I live happily.


kta kimapi naiva syād iti sacintya tattvata
yadā yatkartumāyāti tat ktvāse yathāsukham

Recognising that nothing whatsoever is really one by the Self, I do whatever presents itself to be done and so I live happily.


karmanaikarmyanirbandhabhāvā dehasthayogina
sayogāyogavirahādahamāse yathāsukham

Yogis, who identify themselves with their bodies, insist upon action or inaction.  But I live as I please in the absence of attachment and rejection.


arthānarthau na me sthityā gatyā na śayanena vā
tiṣṭhan gacchan svapan tasmādahamāse yathāsukham

No gain or loss accrues to me by standing, walking or sleeping. So I live happily whether I stand, walk or sleep.


svapato nāsti me hāni siddhiryatnavato na vā
nāśollāsau vihāyāsmadahamāse yathāsukham

I lose nothing by sleeping and gain nothing by effort, so consequently I live as I please, abandoning loss and success.


sukhādirūpā niyama bhāvevālokya bhūriśa
śubhāśubhe vihāyāsmādahamāse yathāsukham

Observing repeatedly the inconstancy of pleasure and pain under different circumstances, I have renounced good and evil and I live happily.


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