The first set of vairāgya śataka is called तृष्णादूषणम् (tṛṣṇā dūṣaṇa) – condemnation of desire. The second set of ten slokas is called विषयपरित्यागविडम्बना – futile efforts to give up sense objects. The first sloka here is

न संसारोत्पन्नं चरितमनुपश्यामि कुशलं
विपाकः पुण्यानां जनयति भयं मे विमृशतः।
महद्भिः पुण्यौघैः चिरपरिगृहीताश्च विषया
महान्तो जायन्ते व्यसनमिव दातुं विषयिणाम्॥११॥

na saṁsārotpannaṁ caritam anupaśyāmi kuśalaṁ
vipākaḥ puṇyānāṁ janayati bhayaṁ me vimṛśataḥ|
mahadbhiḥ puṇyaughaiḥ ciraparigṛhītāḥ viṣayā
mahānto jāyante vyasanamiva dātuṁ viṣayiṇām||11||

पुण्येन जनाः स्वर्गलोकं प्राप्नुवन्ति। क्षीणे पुण्ये पुनः मर्त्यलोकं विशन्ति। द्वेपि पापपुण्ये बन्धायैव भवतः। पुण्यनिचयोऽपि मे भयम् उत्पादयति, यतः पुण्येन विषयास्वादः वर्धते एव। तस्मात् संसारात् किमपि सुकार्यं न पश्यामीति वदत्यत्र कविः।

न अनुपश्यामि – I do not see
कुशलं – any good
संसारोत्पन्नं चरितं – in the wordly virtuous deeds
विमृशतः – for, upon reflection
पुण्यानां विपाकः – result of virtuous deeds
मे भयं जनयति – induces fear in me
विषयाः – enjoyments
परिगृहीताः – earned
महद्भिः पुण्यौघैः – by great merits/punya
महान्तो जायन्ते – multiply greatly
दातुं – to give
व्यसनं – misery
विषयिणाम् – to those who are attached to the enjoyments

I do not see any benefit from doing good again and again with the aim to enjoy happiness in heaven. Even the result of virtuous deeds inspires fear in me. People get attached to the results that arise from doing good deeds, thus the desire to enjoy more grows in them, giving rise to miseries.

2 Comments:

  1. karunakaran said...
    सत्वं - "सुखसङ्गेन बध्नाति ज्ञानसङ्गेन चानघ" (BG 14-6)
    Always whatever a person(with highlevel of satva guna) do at his last minuties(wishes) of his life,will reborn with same satva guna till he aim for Jnana.After getting jnana only he attain Mokhsa.- यदा सत्वे प्रवृद्धे तु प्रलयं याति देहभृत्।
    तदोत्तमविदां लोकानमलान्प्रतिपद्यते ।।
    (BG.14/14)
    Aarathi Sankaran said...
    If one does good with the aim to refine one's satva guna then yes, there is a point in doing good deeds and acquiring merits. But if the same is only with enjoying more comforts then sorry, it leads to further attachment to worldly objects.

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