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CC Ādi 17.308

Text

acintyāḥ khalu ye bhāvā
na tāṁs tarkeṇa yojayet
prakṛtibhyaḥ paraṁ yac ca
tad acintyasya lakṣaṇam

Synonyms

acintyāḥ — inconceivable; khalu — certainly; ye — those; bhāvāḥ — subject matters; na — not; tān — them; tarkeṇa — by argument; yojayet — one may understand; prakṛtibhyaḥ — to material nature; param — transcendental; yat — that which; ca — and; tat — that; acintyasya — of the inconceivable; lakṣaṇam — a symptom.

Translation

“Anything transcendental to material nature is called inconceivable, whereas arguments are all mundane. Since mundane arguments cannot touch transcendental subject matters, one should not try to understand transcendental subjects through mundane arguments.”

Purport

This verse from the Mahābhārata (Bhīṣma-parva 5.22) is also quoted in the Bhakti-rasāmṛta-sindhu (2.5.93), by Śrīla Rūpa Gosvāmī.