Verse I.49

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Ratnagotravibhāga Root Verse I.49

Verse I.49 Variations

सर्वत्रानुगतं यद्वन्निर्विकल्पात्मकं नभः
चित्तप्रकृतिवैमल्यधातुः सर्वत्रगस्तथा
sarvatrānugataṃ yadvannirvikalpātmakaṃ nabhaḥ
cittaprakṛtivaimalyadhātuḥ sarvatragastathā
E. H. Johnston as input by the University of the West.[1]
ཇི་ལྟར་རྟོག་མེད་བདག་ཉིད་ཅན། །
ནམ་མཁའ་ཀུན་ཏུ་རྗེས་སོང་ལྟར། །
སེམས་ཀྱི་རང་བཞིན་དྲི་མེད་དབྱིངས། །
དེ་བཞིན་ཀུན་ཏུ་འགྲོ་བ་ཉིད། །
Just as space with its character
Of nonconceptuality is present everywhere,
So the stainless basic element that is
The nature of the mind is omnipresent.
如空遍一切 而空無分別

自性無垢心 亦遍無分別

De même que l’espace qui a pour essence
De ne pas penser se répand en tout lieu,
De même, la nature de l’esprit est omniprésente
Comme l’immensité immaculée.

RGVV Commentary on Verse I.49

།དེ་བཞིན་གཤེགས་པའི་ཁམས་{br}གནས་སྐབས་གསུམ་པོ་དེ་དག་ཉིད་དུ་ཐམས་ཅད་དུ་འགྲོ་བའི་དོན་ལས་བརྩམས་ཏེ་ཚིགས་སུ་བཅད་པ། ཇི་ལྟར་རྟོགས་མེད་བདག་ཉིད་ཅན། །ནམ་མཁའ་ཀུན་ཏུ་རྗེས་སོང་ལྟར། །སེམས་ཀྱི་རང་བཞིན་དྲི་མེད་དབྱིངས། །དེ་བཞིན་ཀུན་ཏུ་འགྲོ་བ་ཉིད།

Other English translations[edit]

Listed by date of publication
Obermiller (1931) [3]
Just as, being essentially free from (dialectical) thought-construction,
The element of space is ubiquitous,
In the same way the Immaculate Essence which is of spiritual
nature, pervades all that exists.[4]
Takasaki (1966) [5]
Just as being of indiscriminative nature,
Space pervades everywhere,
Similarly all-pervading is the Essence,
The immaculate nature of the mind.
Holmes (1985) [6]
Just as space, concept-free by nature,
is all-embracing, so also is the immaculate space,
the nature of mind, all-pervading.
Holmes (1999) [7]
Just as space, concept-free by nature,
is all-embracing, so also is the immaculate space,
the nature of mind, all-pervading.
Fuchs (2000) [8]
Just as space, which is by nature free from thought,
pervades everything,
the undefiled expanse, which is the nature of mind,
is all-pervading.

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Academic notes[edit]

  1. Digital Sanskrit Buddhist Canon Unicode Input
  2. Brunnhölzl, Karl. When the Clouds Part: The Uttaratantra and its Meditative Tradition as a Bridge between Sūtra and Tantra. Boston: Snow Lion Publications, an imprint of Shambhala Publications, 2014.
  3. Obermiller, E. "The Sublime Science of the Great Vehicle to Salvation Being a Manual of Buddhist Monism." Acta Orientalia IX (1931), pp. 81-306.
  4. This is verse 48 in Obermiller's translation
  5. Takasaki, Jikido. A Study on the Ratnagotravibhāga (Uttaratantra): Being a Treatise on the Tathāgatagarbha Theory of Mahāyāna Buddhism. Serie Orientale Roma 33. Roma: Istituto Italiano per il Medio ed Estremo Oriente (ISMEO), 1966.
  6. Holmes, Ken & Katia. The Changeless Nature. Eskdalemuir, Scotland: Karma Drubgyud Darjay Ling, 1985.
  7. Holmes, Ken & Katia. Maitreya on Buddha Nature. Scotland: Altea Publishing, 1999.
  8. Fuchs, Rosemarie, trans. Buddha Nature: The Mahayana Uttaratantra Shastra. Commentary by Jamgon Kongtrul and explanations by Khenpo Tsultrim Gyamtso. Ithaca, N. Y.: Snow Lion Publications, 2000.