nR-patis tataH prathamam aapa
dharmam a-tulam adhigamya muner
munaye nanaama sa yato guraav iva
Then the royal hero reaped the first
Fruit for the fulfillment of the deathless Dharma.
Having met the unthinkable dharma of the sage,
He bowed to the sage accordingly, as to a guru.
In the realm of mind there are endings and beginnings, gain and loss, nobility and ignominy, heroes and zeros (1), whereas in the material world -- notwithstanding people's prayers, values and opinions -- trees and actions bear fruit according to the Universal law of cause and effect. "Fulfillment of the deathless Dharma" means, to me, a physical body getting in the Great Groove. That is what I came back to England to investigate: physical materialisation of the Dharma principle that does not die -- but do not call it bodywork! (2). Do not call it bodywork and do not call it spiritual practice. What is beyond mind and matter is dharma that is unthinkable (3), like the king bowing down (4).
nR: man, hero
patiH: master, owner, possessor, lord, ruler, sovereign
nR-patiH: lord of men, king
aapa (perfect of aap): reached, gained, obtained
a-mRta-dharma: the undying Dharma; the Law of the Universe that never ceases to operate, immortal Nature herself, the deathless Universe itself; the materialisation of true Sitting, stripped free of all cultural trappings and transient fripperies.
siddhaye (dative): for the fulfillment, achievement, accomplishment
dharma: dharma, teaching, way of being
a-tulam: beyond measure, imponderable, unthinkable
adhigamya (absolutive): having approached, fallen in with, come into, met, discovered, obtained
muneH: (ablative/genitive) from/of the sage
munaye (dative) to the sage
nanaama (perfect of nam): bowed
yataH: from which, since, because of that, accordingly
gurau (locative) to a guru,
iva: like, as
Then the king obtained the First Fruit for the fulfillment of the immortal Law and accordingly, on entering into possession of the unequalled Law of the Sage, he prostrated himself before Him as before his spiritual guide.
The king then acquired the first fruit for the complete attainment of the deathless dharma, and since he had acquired the unequaled dharma from the sage, he bowed to the sage as to a guru.