Tuesday, August 20, 2013

BUDDHACARITA 6.68: One Mistake After Another

¦−⏑⏑¦−⏑−⏑−¦¦⏑−⏑−¦−⏑⏑¦−⏑−⏑−   Vaṁśastha
kva-cit-pradadhyau vilalāpa ca kva-cit kva-cit-pracaskhāla papāta ca kva-cit |
ato vrajan bhakti-vaśena duḥkhitaś-cacāra bahvīr-avaśaḥ pathi kriyāḥ || 6.68

iti buddha-carite mahā-kāvye chandaka-nivartano nāma ṣaṣṭhaḥ sargaḥ || 6 ||

Here he reflected, there he lamented;

Here he stumbled, there he fell;

And so keeping on, suffering pain on account of attachment, 

He did without meaning to do many actions on the path.

The 6th canto, titled Chandaka / Turning Back, in an epic tale of awakened action.

Sometimes he brooded, sometimes he wept. (PO)

He brooded and wept?
Or he meditated and lamented all the suffering in the world?

Aśvagopa or Aśvaghoṣa?

I think I've stated my case fully enough already. 
Too fully in fact. You be the judge.

kva-cit: ind. at a certain place, at a certain time; sometimes (kvacid-kvacid , here - there , here and there , in various places ; now and then)
pradadhyau = 3rd pers. sg. perf. pra- √ dhyai : to meditate on , think of ; to reflect , consider
vilalāpa = 3rd pers. sg. perf. vi- √ lap : to utter moaning sounds , wail , lament , bewail
ca: and
kva-cit: ibid.

kva-cit: ibid.
pracaskhāla = 3rd pers. sg. perf. pra- √ skhal : to stagger forwards , reel , totter , stumble , tumble
papāta = 3rd pers. sg. perf. pat: to fall
ca: and
kva-cit: ibid.

ataḥ: ind. from this ; hence ; from this or that cause or reason
vrajan = nom. sg. pres. part. vraj: to go , walk , proceed , travel , wander , move
bhakti-vaśena (inst. sg.): on account of attachment / devotion
bhakti: f. attachment , devotion , fondness
vaśa: m. power ; (ifc. " by command of , by force of , on account of , by means of , according to ")
duḥkhitaḥ (nom. sg. m.): mfn. pained, distressed, afflicted

cacāra = 3rd pers. sg. perf. car: to move one's self , go , walk , move , stir , roam about , wander ; to move or travel through , pervade , go along , follow ; to behave , conduct one's self , act ; to undertake , set about , under go , observe , practise , do or act in general , effect , make
bahvīḥ (acc. pl. f.): mfn. many , numerous
avaśaḥ (nom. sg. m.): mfn. not having one's own free will , doing something against one's desire or unwillingly ; involuntarily, without intending it
pathi (loc. sg.): m. road, path
kriyāḥ (acc. pl.): f. actions

iti: thus
buddha-carite mahā-kāvye (loc. sg.): in the epic story of awakened action
chandaka-nivartanaḥ (nom. sg. m.): Chandaka turning back
nivartana: n. turning back , returning , turning the back i.e. retreating , fleeing ; n. causing to return , bringing back
nāma: ind. by name
ṣaṣṭhaḥ sargaḥ (nom. sg. m.): the 6th canto 

徘徊屡反顧 形往心反馳
或沈思失魂 或俯仰垂身
或倒而復起 悲泣隨路還 


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