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Mantra Fourteen




sambhūtiṁ ca vināśaṁ ca
yas tad vedobhayaḿ saha
vināśena mṛtyuṁ tīrtvā
sambhūtyāmṛtam aśnute
サンブフーティン チャ ヴィナーシャン チャ
ヤス タドゥ ヴェードーバハヤン サハ
ヴィナーシェーナ ムリテュン ティールトゥヴァー
サンブフーテャームリタン アシュヌテー



sambhūtim — the eternal Personality of Godhead, His transcendental name, form, pastimes, qualities and paraphernalia, the variegatedness of His abode, etc.; ca — and; vināśam — the temporary material manifestation of demigods, men, animals, etc., with their false names, fame, etc.; ca — also; yaḥ — one who; tat — that; veda — knows; ubhayam — both; saha — along with; vināśena — with everything liable to be vanquished; mṛtyum — death; tīrtvā — surpassing; sambhūtyā — in the eternal kingdom of God; amṛtam — deathlessness; aśnute — enjoys.

sambhūtim—人格主神、主の超越的な名前、姿、娯楽、質、主にまつわる品々、主の住居の多様性など; ca—そして; vināśam—偽の名前、名声などを伴った半神、人類、動物などの一時的な物質的現象; ca—もまた; yaḥ—である者; tat—それ; veda—知っている;
ubhayam—両方; saha—~と共に; vināśena—破壊される定めにあるすべてのものと共に; mṛtyum—死; tīrtvā—凌いでいる; sambhūtyā—神の永遠な国で; amṛtam—不死;aśnute—楽しむ。



One should know perfectly the Personality of Godhead Śrī Kṛṣṇa and His transcendental name, form, qualities and pastimes, as well as the temporary material creation with its temporary demigods, men and animals. When one knows these, he surpasses death and the ephemeral cosmic manifestation with it, and in the eternal kingdom of God he enjoys his eternal life of bliss and knowledge.




By its so-called advancement of knowledge, human civilization has created many material things, including spaceships and atomic energy. Yet it has failed to create a situation in which people need not die, take birth again, become old or suffer from disease. Whenever an intelligent man raises the question of these miseries before a so-called scientist, the scientist very cleverly replies that material science is progressing and that ultimately it will be possible to render man deathless, ageless and diseaseless. Such answers prove the scientists’ gross ignorance of material nature. In material nature, everyone is under the stringent laws of matter and must pass through six stages of existence: birth, growth, maintenance, production of by-products, deterioration and finally death. No one in contact with material nature can be beyond these six laws of transformation; therefore no one – whether demigod, man, animal or plant – can survive forever in the material world.


The duration of life varies according to species. Lord Brahmā, the chief living being within this material universe, lives for millions and millions of years, while a minute germ lives for some hours only. But no one in the material world can survive eternally. Things are born or created under certain conditions, they stay for some time, and, if they continue to live, they grow, procreate, gradually dwindle and finally vanish. According to these laws, even the Brahmās, of which there are millions in different universes, are all liable to death either today or tomorrow. Therefore the entire material universe is called Martyaloka, the place of death.


Material scientists and politicians are trying to make this place deathless because they have no information of the deathless spiritual nature. This is due to their ignorance of the Vedic literature, which contains full knowledge confirmed by mature transcendental experience. Unfortunately, modern man is averse to receiving knowledge from the Vedas, Purāṇas and other scriptures.


From the Viṣṇu Purāṇa (6.7.61) we receive the following information:


viṣṇu-śaktiḥ parā proktā
kṣetrajñākhyā tathā parā
tṛtīyā śaktir iṣyate
ヴィシュヌ・シャクティヒ パラー プロークター
クシェートゥラ・ギャーキャー タタハー パラー
アヴィデャー・カルマ ・サンギャーニャー
トゥリティーヤー シャクティル イッシャテー

Lord Viṣṇu, the Personality of Godhead, possesses different energies, known as parā (superior) and aparā (inferior). The living entities belong to the superior energy. The material energy, in which we are presently entangled, is the inferior energy. The material creation is made possible by this energy, which covers the living entities with ignorance (avidyā) and induces them to perform fruitive activities. Yet there is another part of the Lord’s superior energy that is different from both this material, inferior energy and the living entities. That superior energy constitutes the eternal, deathless abode of the Lord. This is confirmed in the Bhagavad-gītā (8.20):

人格主神、主ヴィシュヌはparä(パラー・優性)のエネルギーとaparä(アパラー・务性)という異なるエネルギーを持っています。生命体はこの優性のエネルギーに属しています。今私たちを束縛している物質エネルギーは务性エネルギーで、生命体を無知(アヴィデャー)で包みこみ、果報的活動に仕向けます。しかしもう一つの世界があり、そこには务性のエネルギーや生物たちとは異なる主の優性の別の世界があります。このことは『バガヴァッド・ギーター』(第8章・第20節)で確証されています。Bhagavad-gītā (8.20):

paras tasmāt tu bhāvo ’nyo
’vyakto ’vyaktāt sanātanaḥ
yaḥ sa sarveṣu bhūteṣu
naśyatsu na vinaśyati
パラス タスマートゥ トゥ バハヴォー ニョー
ヴャクトー ヴャクタートゥ サナータナハ
ヤハ サ サルヴェーシュ ブフーテーシュ
ナッシャトゥス ナ ヴィナッシャティ

All the material planets – upper, lower and intermediate, including the sun, moon and Venus – are scattered throughout the universe. These planets exist only during the lifetime of Brahmā. Some lower planets, however, are vanquished after the end of one day of Brahmā and are again created during the next day of Brahmā. On the upper planets, time is calculated differently. One of our years is equal to only twenty-four hours, or one day and night, on many of the upper planets. The four ages of earth (Satya, Tretā, Dvāpara and Kali) last only twelve thousand years according to the time scale of the upper planets. Such a length of time multiplied by one thousand constitutes one day of Brahmā, and one night of Brahmā is the same. Such days and nights accumulate into months and years, and Brahmā lives for one hundred such years. At the end of Brahmā’s life, the complete universal manifestation is vanquished.


Those living beings who reside on higher planets like the sun and the moon, as well as those on Martyaloka, this earth planet, and also those who live on lower planets – all are merged into the waters of devastation during the night of Brahmā. During this time no living beings or species remain manifest, although spiritually they continue to exist. This unmanifested stage is called avyakta. Again, when the entire universe is vanquished at the end of Brahmā’s lifetime, there is another avyakta state. But beyond these two unmanifested states is another unmanifested state, the spiritual atmosphere, or nature. There are a great number of spiritual planets in this atmosphere, and these planets exist eternally, even when all the planets within this material universe are vanquished at the end of Brahmā’s life. There are many material universes, each under the jurisdiction of a Brahmā, and this cosmic manifestation within the jurisdiction of the various Brahmās is but a display of one fourth of the energy of the Lord (ekapād-vibhūti). This is the inferior energy. Beyond the jurisdiction of Brahmā is the spiritual nature, which is called tripād-vibhūti, three fourths of the Lord’s energy. This is the superior energy, or parā-prakṛti.

太陽や月に住んでいる生命体もMartyaloka(マルテャローカ 地球やその下の惑星)に住む生命体も、すべてブラフマーの夜のあいだ破壊の洪水の中に沈んでいます。この期間、どのような生命体も(たとえ生命は精神的に存続するにしても)姿のない状態でいますが、この状態をavyakta(アヴャクタ)といいます。またブラフマーの一生が終わり、全宇宙が消滅すると、別のアヴャクタの状態になります。しかし、この2つのアヴャクタ(非顕現)の状態を超えたところに精神界(精神的自然)があります。この空間には無数の精神的惑星がただよい、物質宇宙のすべての惑星が破壊されるときでも、これらの惑星は永遠に存在しつづけます。無数のブラフマーが無数の宇宙を支配していますが、この宇宙(物質界)も主のエネルギーの4分の1(ekapäd-vibhüti・エーカパードゥ・ヴィブーティ)の表われにすぎず、务性エネルギーにほかなりません。ブラフマーの支配力を超えたところに精神自然界(tripäd-vibhüti・トゥリパーダ・ヴィブーティ)があり、主のエネルギーの4分の3を占めています。この世界がパラー・プラクリティ(優性エネルギー)です。

The predominating Supreme Person residing within the spiritual nature is Lord Śrī Kṛṣṇa. As confirmed in the Bhagavad-gītā (8.22), He can be approached only by unalloyed devotional service and not by the processes of jñāna (philosophy), yoga (mysticism) or karma (fruitive work). The karmīs, or fruitive workers, can elevate themselves to the Svargaloka planets, which include the sun and the moon. Jñānīs and yogīs can attain still higher planets, such as Maharloka, Tapoloka and Brahmaloka, and when they become still more qualified through devotional service they can enter into the spiritual nature, either the illuminating cosmic atmosphere of the spiritual sky (Brahman) or the Vaikuṇṭha planets, according to their qualification. It is certain, however, that no one can enter into the spiritual Vaikuṇṭha planets without being trained in devotional service.


On the material planets, everyone from Brahmā down to the ant is trying to lord it over material nature, and this is the material disease. As long as this material disease continues, the living entity has to undergo the process of bodily change. Whether he takes the form of a man, demigod or animal, he ultimately has to endure an unmanifested condition during the two devastations – the devastation during the night of Brahmā and the devastation at the end of Brahmā’s life. If we want to put an end to this process of repeated birth and death, as well as the concomitant factors of old age and disease, we must try to enter the spiritual planets, where we can live eternally in the association of Lord Kṛṣṇa or His plenary expansions, His Nārāyaṇa forms. Lord Kṛṣṇa or His plenary expansions dominate every one of these innumerable planets, a fact confirmed in the śruti mantras: eko vaśī sarva-gaḥ kṛṣṇa īḍyaḥ/ eko ’pi san bahudhā yo ’vabhāti. (Gopāla-tāpanī Upaniṣad 1.21)

物質界の惑星上では、ブラフマーからアリにいたるまで、だれもが物質自然を支配しようとしています。これは物質的病であり、この病気がつづくかぎり、生命体は次から次へと肉体を変えなくてはなりません。人間の姿でも半神や動物の姿でも、その生命体は、ブラフマーの夜とブラフマーの一生の終わりに起こる2種類の破壊のときに、水の中で姿のない状態でとどまらなくてはなりません。生と死の繰りかえしや、それに伴う老年・病気の苦しみを終わらせようと望むのであれば、主クリシュナやその完全分身ナーラーヤナの姿と永遠に暮らすことのできる精神的惑星に入る努力をしなくてはなりません。主クリシュナや主の完全拡張体は、これら無数の惑星すべてを支配しており、それはシュルティ・マントラで、ekovaçé sarva-gaù kåñëa éòyaù/ eko 'pi san bahudhä yo 'vabhäti(エーコー ヴァシー サルヴァ・ガハ クリシュナ イーデャハ/エーコー ピ サン バフダハー ヨー ヴァバハーティ)(ゴーパーラ・ターパニー・ウパニシャッド 第1章・第21節)と確証されています。(Gopāla-tāpanī Upaniṣad 1.21)

No one can dominate Kṛṣṇa. It is the conditioned soul who tries to dominate material nature and is instead subjected to the laws of material nature and the sufferings of repeated birth and death. The Lord comes here to reestablish the principles of religion, and the basic principle is the development of an attitude of surrender to Him. This is the Lord’s last instruction in the Bhagavad-gītā (18.66): sarva-dharmān parityajya mām ekaṁ śaraṇaṁ vraja. “Give up all other processes and just surrender unto Me alone.” Unfortunately, foolish men have misinterpreted this prime teaching and misled the masses of people in diverse ways. People have been urged to open hospitals but not to educate themselves to enter into the spiritual kingdom by devotional service. They have been taught to take interest only in temporary relief work, which can never bring real happiness to the living entity. They start varieties of public and semi-governmental institutions to tackle the devastating power of nature, but they don’t know how to pacify insurmountable nature. Many men are advertised as great scholars of the Bhagavad-gītā, but they overlook the Gītā’s message, by which material nature can be pacified. Powerful nature can be pacified only by the awakening of God consciousness, as clearly pointed out in the Bhagavad-gītā (7.14).

だれもクリシュナを支配することはできません。物質自然界を支配しようとし、逆に自然界の法則と生と死の繰りかえしの苦しみに支配されている――それが条件づけられた魂たちです。主は宗教原則を確立しなおすためにこの世界に降誕しますが、その基本的な原則は「主に身をゆだねようとする態度を育てること」です。これが『バガヴァッド・ギーター』(第18章・第66節)での主の最後の教えです。Sarva-dharmän parityajya mäm ekaàçaraëaà vraja(サルヴァ・ダハルマーン パリテャジャ マーン エーカン シャラナン ヴラジャ)「ほかのすべての手段を捨て、わたしだけに身をゆだねなさい」。ところが愚か者たちはこのもっとも大切な教えを巧みに誤訳し、大衆を誤って導いています。人々は病院を建てるようにとせかされはしましたが、献愛奉仕によって精神界に入ることを学ぶようには言われませんでした。一時的な救済活動に関心をもつよう教えられても、私たち魂に真の幸福がもたらされるはずがありません。彼らは、すべてを破壊する自然の力に対抗するために、民間や法人団体を作りましたが、絶対に征服できない自然力を鎮める方法を知りません。多くの人々が『バガヴァッド・ギーター』を知る偉大な学者としてPRされていますが、当の彼らは物質自然を鎮める『バガヴァッド・ギーター』のメッセージを見落としています。その『バガヴァッド・ギーター』は第7章・第14節で「強大な自然力は、神への意識を甦らせることで鎮められる」とはっきり指摘しています。 Bhagavad-gītā (7.14).

In this mantra, Śrī Īśopaniṣad teaches that one must perfectly know both sambhūti (the Personality of Godhead) and vināśa (the temporary material manifestation), side by side. By knowing the material manifestation alone, one cannot be saved, for in the course of nature there is devastation at every moment (ahany ahani bhūtāni gacchantīha yamā-layam). Nor can one be saved from these devastations by the opening of hospitals. One can be saved only by complete knowledge of the eternal life of bliss and awareness. The whole Vedic scheme is meant to educate men in this art of attaining eternal life. People are often misguided by temporary attractive things based on sense gratification, but service rendered to the sense objects is both misleading and degrading.

『シュリー・イーシャ・ウパニシャッド』のこのマントラは、sambhüti(サンブーティ・人格主神)とvinäça(ヴィナーシャ・一時的物質現象)との両者を同時に知らなくてはならない、と教えています。物質現象界を知るだけでは救われません。なぜなら、自然の法則によっていつでも破壊が起こりうるからです( ahany ahani bhütäni gacchantéhayamä-layam アハニ アハニ ブーターニ ガッチャンティーハ ヤマ・ラヤン)。病院を建てても、この破壊からは救われません。至福に満ちあふれ、いつも目ざめている永遠なる生き方を完全に知ることによってはじめて人は救われます。ヴェーダの全計画は、永遠な生き方をつかむ方法を人々に教えるためにあります。人々は感覚を満足させるはかない魅力的な物事によく惑わされますが、感覚満足のための奉仕は、私たちを惑わせ、堕落させます。

We must therefore save ourselves and our fellow man in the right way. There is no question of liking or disliking the truth. It is there. If we want to be saved from repeated birth and death, we must take to the devotional service of the Lord. There can be no compromise, for this is a matter of necessity.