कार्यं बादरिः, अस्य गत्युपपत्तेः ॥ ७ ॥
kāryaṃ bādariḥ, asya gatyupapatteḥ || 7 ||
kāryaṃ—The relative (Brahman); bādariḥ—Badari; asya—its; gati-upapatteḥ—on account of the possibility of being the goal.
7. The relative (Brahman) (is attained by the soul going by the path of the gods), (so says) Badari, on account of the possibility of its being the goal (of a journey).
In the previous Sutra, the way was discussed. Now from this Sutra onwards the discussion is about the goal reached. The Chhandogya text quoted in connection with the way, says, “Then a being who is not a man leads them to Brahman” (Chh. 5. 10. 1). The question is whether this Brahman is the Saguna Brahman or the Supreme Brahman. Badari says it is the Saguna Brahman, for such a journey is possible only with respect to the Saguna Brahman, which is finite and therefore occupies a particular place to which the souls may go. But it is not possible with respect to the Nirguna Brahman, which is all-pervading.