यथा सर्वगतं सौक्ष्म्यादाकाशं नोपलिप्यते |
सर्वत्रावस्थितो देहे तथात्मा नोपलिप्यते ||१३-३३||


yathā sarvagataṃ saukṣmyādākāśaṃ nopalipyate .
sarvatrāvasthito dehe tathātmā nopalipyate ||13-33||



13.33. Just as the all-pervading Ether is not stained because of its subtleness, in the same fashion the Self, abiding in the body everywhere, is not stained.

Shri Purohit Swami

13.33 As space, though present everywhere, remains by reason of its subtlety unaffected, so the Self, though present in all forms, retains its purity unalloyed.

Sri Abhinav Gupta

13.33 See Comment under 13.34

Sri Ramanuja

13.33 As the ‘all-pervading ether,’ though in contact with all substances, is ’not tainted’ by the alities of all these substances, as it is ‘subtle’ - even so the self, though ‘present in all the bodies,’ everywhere, namely, in divinities, men etc., is not contaminated by these bodies by reason of Its extreme subtleness.

Sri Shankaracharya

13.33 Yatha, as; sarva-gatam, the all-pervading; akasam, space;-though pervasive, still, na upalipyate, is not defiled, does not come into contact; saukmyat, because of its subtlety; tatha, similarly; atma, the Self; avasthitah, present, sarvatra, everywhere; dehe, in the body; na, is not; upalipyate, defiled. Further,

Swami Adidevananda

13.33 As the all-pervading etther is not tainted because of its subtlety, even so, the self abiding in the body everywhere, is not tainted.

Swami Gambirananda

13.33 As the all-pervading space is not defiled, because of its subtlety, similarly the Self, present everywhere in the body [The singular number is used to denote a class, i.e. all bodies. See S.-Tr.], is not defiled.

Swami Sivananda

13.33 As the all-pervading ether is not tainted, because of its subtlety, so the Self seated everywhere in the body is not tainted.


Swami Sivananda

13.33 यथा as? सर्वगतम् the allpervading? सौक्ष्म्यात् because of its subtlety? आकाशम् ether? न not? उपलिप्यते is tainted? सर्वत्र everywhere? अवस्थितः seated? देहे in the body? तथा so? आत्मा the Self? न not? उपलिप्यते is tainted.Commentary Ether pervades everything. All are immersed in it. There is no point whereunto ether does not penetrate and pervade and yet it is not tainted by anything. Even so the Self pervades the whole body and the whole world. Being subtler than the body the Self is never tainted by it or anything else. It is unattached and actionless. It has no parts or limbs. So virtuous and vicious actions cannot contaminate the Self. It is ever pure and stainless.