mano n' aaveShTum arhasi
vyavasthaa n' aasti saMsaare
sva-janasya janasya ca
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With thoughts about close relatives, therefore,
You should not obsess the mind.
There is no abiding difference, in the flux of samsara,
Between one's own people and people in general.
Who is a person's nearest and dearest? For around the first nine months after our conception, it is invariably our mother. But once we are born nearness and dearness of relatives becomes a relative matter: in the flux of samsara, all is subject to change and all is but a woven web of guesses -- all, that is, except the inevitability of sickness, aging and death.
In the flux of samsara, the oil price goes up and a noisy factory becomes very quiet.
In the flux of samsara, a quiet place where I am sitting is invaded by a passing airplane or by sound vibrations from the engine of a neighbour's car being warmed up, for an unduly long time, on a frosty morning.
When quiet that I was enjoying is invaded by noise, my confused human feeling -- the power of which I am supposed to be thwarting through practice of integrity -- tends to include hatred of people in general.
Of course, I shouldn't be like this. I shouldn't be wrong like this. After all these years of sitting, how come I am still Mr. Angry? Surely, I shouldn't still be wrong like this.
Yes, there it is again: the first idea to be given up, the idea of being right.
Even when my feeling is confused, there is no need for my thinking to be confused in regard to rule number one, which is that, in this work of accepting and using the self, being wrong is the best friend we have got.
Therefore do not let your mind be obsessed with thoughts of kinsfolk; for there is no permanent distinction in the cycle of existence between kinsfolk and strangers.
So don't let distractions about your family invade your mind, since in samsara there is no abiding difference between family and stranger.
tasmaat: ind. from that , on that account , therefore
jNaati: m. near relation, kinsman
vitarkeNa = inst. sg. vitarka: m. conjecture , supposition , guess , fancy , imagination , opinion
manaH (acc. sg.): mind
aaveShTum = inf. aa-√ veShT: to spread over
aa: (as prefix) near, towards
√ veShT: to wind or twist round ; to adhere or cling to (loc.)
arhasi: you should
vy-avasthaa: f. (from vy-ava-√sthaa) respective difference; abiding in one place , steadiness ; fixity , perseverance , constancy
vy-ava-√sthaa: to go apart , separate from; to differ respectively
n' aasti: there is not
saMsaare = loc. saMsaara: course , passage , passing through a succession of states , circuit of mundane existence
sva-janasya = gen. sg. sva-jana: m. a man of one's own people , kinsman
janasya = gen. sg. jana: m. a person