dehah kim anna-datuh svam
nisektur matur eva ca
matuh pitur va balinah
kretur agneh suno ípi va
dehah—this body; kim anna-datuh—does it belong to the employer who gives me the money to maintain it; svam—or does it belong to me personally; nisektuh—(or does it belong) to the person who discharged the semen; matuh eva—(or does it belong) to the mother who maintained this body within her womb; ca—and; matuh pituh va—or (does it belong) to the father of the mother (because sometimes the father of the mother takes a grandson as an adopted son); balinah—(or does it belong) to the person who takes this body away by force; kretuh—or to the person who purchases the body as a slave; agneh—or to the fire (because ultimately the body is burned); sunah—or to the dogs and vultures that ultimately eat it; api—even; va—or.
While alive, does this body belong to its employer, to the self, to the father, the mother, or the motherís father? Does it belong to the person who takes it away by force, to the slave master who purchases it, or to the sons who burn it in the fire? Or, if the body is not burned, does it belong to the dogs that eat it? Among the many possible claimants, who is the rightful claimant? Not to ascertain this but instead to maintain the body by sinful activities is not good.
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