कामाच्च नानुमानापेक्षा ॥ १८ ॥
kāmācca nānumānāpekṣā || 18 ||
kāmāt—On account of the word ‘bliss’, literally ‘desire’, (denoting Brahman); ca—and; nānumānāpekṣā—(Anandamaya also) cannot be inferred as Brahman.
18. And on account of the word ‘bliss’, literally ‘desire’, (referring to Brahman), (you) cannot infer (Ananda-maya is also Brahman, since the suffix ‘mayat’ is used to denote modification).
In the scriptures the word ‘bliss’ is often used for Brahman; from this we cannot infer that Anandamaya, the self consisting of bliss, is also Brahman, for the suffix ‘mayat’ shows that it is a modification. This sets aside the whole of the interpretation of the Vrittikara mentioned under Sutra 12.