vividha aagamaaMs tapasi taaMsh ca
vividha niyama aashrayaan muniin
prekSHya sa viSHaya-tRSHaa-kRpaNaan
an-avasthitam tapa iti nyavartata
In the approach to ascetic practice
of various sacred traditions,
And in the attachment of sages
to various restrictive rules,
He observed the miseries of thirsting for an object.
Seeing ascetic practice to be unreliable,
he turned away from it.
If you would like to know the Sanskrit for "end-gaining," here it is:
If you would like to read a description of a definite method of working in the direction which is opposite to object-thirsting, I recommend you to read THIS. If you have read it already, I recommend you to read it again. I recommend you to print it out and read it through in detail, and see if you can work out for yourself what the legacy was, that a very old, experienced and compassionate Alexander teacher was endeavouring -- and not for her own glory -- to bequeath to future generations.
vividha: varying, of various kinds
aagamaan = accusative, plural of aagama: arrival, learning, sacred tradition, received wisdom
tapasi: (locative) ascetic practice
taan: (accusative, plural) them, those
niyama: restriction, restrictive rule
aashraya: attachment to, devotion to, refuge in, recourse to
muniin: (accusative, plural) sages
prekSHya: look on (without interfering), observe
viSHaya: object of sense-perception, object
tRSHaa: thirst, great eagerness to get something, craving to gain something
kRpaaNaan: (accusative, plural) miseries, instances of wretchedness
an-avasthitam: not certain, not reliable
apa: ascetic practice
iti: thus [he thought, and...]; [because it was] thus, [he...]
nyavartata: turned away
But finding that the sages were practising austerities according to varying scriptures and under varying rules and were still made wretched by desire for sensory objects, He concluded that there was no certainty in asceticism and turned away.
He noticed that the sages held varying doctrines concerning asceticism and that they followed a variety of practices, yet were still miserable for want of sensual experience. So he turned away, concluding that asceticism was unreliable.