ಆತ್ಮನ್ಯೇವ ಚ ಸಂತುಷ್ಟಸ್ತಸ್ಯ ಕಾರ್ಯಂ ನ ವಿದ್ಯತೇ॥೧೭॥
yastvātmaratireva syādātmatṛptaśca mānavaḥ|
ātmanyeva ca saṃtuṣṭastasya kāryaṃ na vidyate||17||
Gist of the sloka:
One who has seen the Lord, one who has been blessed by Lord, one who has surrendered to Lord, will forever be in happiness due to Lord and will remain in the bliss. He need not do karmas.
One who has seen the Lord and remains in that divine bliss is called ‘Atma rathi’. One can reach this state through samadhi state also. One who is in this state will not have his mind and senses working. All his thoughts, feelings would be at his soul level. Soul based in knowledge will then be able to see the Lord who is also knowledge. Knowledge eye seeing knowledge Lord. This is called samadhi state.
Gross eye cannot see objects of knowledge. In this state of ‘Atma rathi’, the communication with the Lord is direct. One who has already achieved this state and seeing the Lord need not do any karmas. He would not be interested in worldly karmas for he will be in bliss. He would be beyond the rules and regulations required for ordinary humans. One performs various scriptural karmas in order to see the Lord, whom this person is already seeing.