उपलब्धिवदनियमः ॥ ३७ ॥
upalabdhivadaniyamaḥ || 37 ||
upalabdhivat—As in the case of perception; aniyamaḥ—(there is) no rule (here also).
37. As in the case of perception, (there is) no rule (here also).
An objection is raised that if the soul were a free agent, then it would have performed only what is beneficial to it, and not both good and bad deeds. This objection is being refuted. Just as the soul, although it is free, perceives both agreeable and disagreeable things, so also it does both good and bad deeds. There is no rule that it should do only what is good and avoid what is bad.