yath" aasan'-aarthaM skandhena
kash cid gurviiM shilaaM vahet
tadvat tvam api kaam'-aarthaM
niyamaM voDhum udyataH
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Just as, for the purpose of sitting,
Somebody might carry around on his shoulder
a heavy rock;
That is how you also, for the purpose of sensuality,
Are labouring to bear restraint.
Feeling unbearably wrong in sitting, because of sensual over-indulgence last night, because of a wounded left knee, because of bad karma produced in the dim and distant past, I say No to the whole idea of sitting, direct the head to go forward and up and the back to lengthen and widen, and go into movement, letting it come out in the wash, and come back to sitting again -- all for the purpose of sitting.
In today's verse, because he sees restraint as a tethering post, rather than a quickening of the conscious mind, Nanda is missing the essential point, which might be this:
For the purpose of sitting,
To enjoy practising restraint.
You are striving to assume self-control for the sake of passion; it is as if a man were to carry about a heavy stone on his shoulder to sit down on.
Just as someone would carry a heavy rock on his shoulder to use as a seat, likewise you are laboring to uphold the rules of restraint for the sake of sensual indulgence!
yathaa: ind. just as
aasan'-aartham (ind.): for the purpose of sitting, to use as a seat
aasana: n. sitting, seat
artha: m. aim, purpose
skandhena (inst. sg.): m. the shoulder
kash cid (nom. sg. m.): somebody
gurviim (acc. sg. f.): mfn. heavy
shilaam (acc. sg.): f. a stone, rock, crack
vahet = 3rd pers. sg. optative vah: to carry, bear ; to bear , suffer , endure ; to undergo ; to exhibit
tadvat: ind. so, in like manner
tvam (nom. sg.): you
api: also, even
kaam'-aartham (ind.): for the sake of sensuality
kaama: love , affection , object of desire or of love or of pleasure ; love, especially sexual love or sensuality
niyamam (acc. sg.): m. restraining, limitation , restriction, any fixed rule
voDhum = inf. vah: to carry, bear ; to bear , suffer , endure ; to undergo ; to exhibit
udyataH (nom. sg. m.): mfn. raised , held up , elevated; active , persevering , labouring diligently and incessantly (with dat. or loc. or inf. or without any object)