आध्यानाय प्रयोजनाभावात् ॥ १४ ॥
ādhyānāya prayojanābhāvāt || 14 ||
ādhyānāya—For the sake of meditation; prayojana-abhāvāt—as there is no use.
14. (Kathaka 1. 3. 10-11 tells about the Self only as the highest) for the sake of meditation, (and not about the relative position of the objects etc.) as there is no use of it.
“Higher than the senses are the objects, higher than the objects there is the mind . . . higher than the Self there is nothing, this is the limit, the Supreme Goal” (Kath. 1. 3. 10-11). The opponent holds that these sentences are separate and not one, as referring to the Atman alone; therefore it is the aim of the Sruti to teach that the objects are superior to the senses, and so on. This Sutra refutes it and says that it is one sentence and means that the Atman is superior to all these. This information is given for the sake of meditation on the Atman, which results in the knowledge of It. The Atman alone is to be known, for the knowledge of It gives Freedom. But the knowledge of the fact that objects are superior to the senses and so on, serves no useful purpose, and as such it is not the aim of the Sruti to teach this.