Verse III.7

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Ratnagotravibhāga Root Verse III.7

Verse III.7 Variations

स्थानास्थानविपाकधातुषु जगन्नानाधुमुक्तौ नये
संक्लेशव्यवदान इन्द्रियगणे पूर्वे निवासस्मृतौ
दिव्ये चक्षुषि चास्रवक्षयविधावज्ञानवर्माचल-
प्राकारद्रुमभेदनप्रकिरणच्छेदाद्वलं वज्रवत्
E. H. Johnston as input by the University of the West.[1]
sthānāsthānavipākadhātuṣu jagannānādhumuktau naye
saṃkleśavyavadāna indriyagaṇe pūrve nivāsasmṛtau
divye cakṣuṣi cāsravakṣayavidhāvajñānavarmācala-
prākāradrumabhedanaprakiraṇacchedādvalaṃ vajravat
E. H. Johnston as input by the University of the West.[2]
གནས་དང་གནས་མིན་རྣམ་སྨིན་ཁམས་དང་འགྲོ་བའི་མོས་པ་སྣ་ཚོགས་དང་། །
ཉོན་མོངས་རྣམ་བྱང་དབང་པོའི་ཚོགས་དང་སྔོན་གནས་རྗེས་སུ་དྲན་པ་དང་། །
ལྷ་ཡི་མིག་དང་ཟག་པ་ཟད་ཚུལ་མི་ཤེས་གོ་ཆ་རྩིག་བརྟན་དང་། །
ཤིང་རྣམས་འབིགས་དང་འཇིག་དང་གཅོད་ཕྱིར་སྟོབས་གང་ཡིན་པ་རྡོ་རྗེ་བཞིན། །
[In knowing] what is the case and what is not the case, maturation, constitutions, the various inclinations of beings, the means,
What is afflicted and purified, the collection of faculties, recollection of former [birth]places,
The divine eye, and the mode of the termination of contamination, the powers are like a vajra
Because they pierce the armor, break the immovable wall, and cut down the tree of ignorance.
Le correct et l’incorrect, la rétribution, les tempéraments,
les destinées et les aspirations dans toute leur diversité,
Ce qui est souillé par les affections ou parfaitement purifié,
l’ensemble des facultés, le souvenir des états antérieurs,
L’œil divin et l’art d’épuiser les souillures : voilà les [dix] forces
[de connaissance] que l’on compare à des vajras
Parce qu’elles transpercent les armures, abattent les remparts
et rasent les forêts de l’ignorance.

RGVV Commentary on Verse III.7

།རྡོ་རྗེ་བཞིན་ཞེས་བྱ་བ་ནི། །གནས་དང་གནས་མིན་རྣམ་སྨིན་ཁམས་དང་འགྲོ་བ་མོས་པ་སྣ་ཚོགས་དང་། །ཉོན་མོངས་རྣམ་བྱང་དབང་པོའི་ཚོགས་དང་སྔོན་གནས་རྗེས་སུ་དྲན་པ་དང་། །{br}ལྷ་ཡི་མིག་དང་ཟག་པ་ཟད་ཚུལ་མི་ཤེས་གོ་ཆ་རྩིག་བརྟན་དང་། །ཤིང་རྣམས་འབིགས་དང་གཞིག་དང་གཅོད་ཕྱིར་སྟོབས་གང་ཡིན་པ་རྡོ་རྗེ་བཞིན།

Other English translations[edit]

Obermiller (1931) [5]
The cognition of that which is possible and impossible,
Of the fruit of former deeds, of the elements,
Of the paths, and the different inclinations,
Of the defiling and purifying, of the complex of faculties,
And the remembrance of the place of former residence,
The Divine Vision, and the means of removing defilement,—
These powers pierce, break, and cut down
The armour, the massive wall, and the tree of ignorance.一
Therefore they have resemblance with a thunderbolt.
Takasaki (1966) [6]
[Being the power of knowing] about the proper and the improper,
About results, about elements and various faiths of the people,
About the path, purity and impurity,
About the complex of faculties, the memory of former abodes,
About the divine eyes, and how to destroy the Evil Influences;
The Powers pierce, break and cut down
The armour, the mountain fortress, and the tree of ignorance,
Therefore, they have resemblance to a thunderbolt.
Fuchs (2000) [7]
[Knowing] the worthwhile and worthless, complete ripening, the
various temperaments, paths, and aspirations of beings,
their manifold faculties, the defiled and the utterly pure,
remembrance of previous states [of existence], divine sight,
and [knowing] the way in which [all] pollution is exhausted
piercingly destroys the armor of ignorance, fells its trees
and smashes its unshakable walls, laying them in utter ruin. Such
power, therefore, resembles an [indestructible] vajra.

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Academic notes[edit]

  1. Digital Sanskrit Buddhist Canon Unicode Input
  2. Digital Sanskrit Buddhist Canon Unicode Input
  3. 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.
  4. VT (fol. 15v3) glosses "the collection of faculties" as "[the above faculties] being pure and so on, through which the obscurations of dhyāna are relinquished."
  5. Obermiller, E. "The Sublime Science of the Great Vehicle to Salvation Being a Manual of Buddhist Monism." Acta Orientalia IX (1931), pp. 81-306.
  6. 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.
  7. 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.