Dhanapāla’s Contradictions (vv. 9–10)

Conqueror! How is it that the fame that attaches to you
is variegated, yet black as sin, white, yet multicolored,
with a dark hue in every respect, yet said to be white?
    [Conqueror! How is it that your fame
    reveals sin like a touchstone, takes many forms,
    is essential, is excellent, is known for its perspectivism,
    and has a color that is as white as Śiva’s laughter?]

pāvakasaṇaṁ pi cittaṁ sāraṁ pi dharēsi kaha jasaṁ sēaṁ
jiṇa siavāyakkhāyaṁ pi savvahā sāmalacchāyaṁ [9]

पावकसणं पि चित्तं सारं पि धरेसि कह जसं सेअं ।
जिण सिअवायक्खायं पि सव्वहा सामलच्छायं ॥ ९ ॥

Perspectivism (siavāya- or syādvāda-) is one of the central philosophical teachings of Jainism.

Although they do what they need to do, there is nothing they need to do.
Although they are free of rajas and tamas, they are not free of rajas and tamas.
Although they are constant in calmness, they are not calm.
How is it that you do this to the people who serve you?
    [Because they have done what they needed to, there is nothing left for them to do.
    And because they are free of rajas and tamas, they are free from the darkness of hell as well.
    They are constant in calmness.
    How is it that you make the people who serve you just like you?]

kiyakiccaṁ pi akiccaṁ rayatamamukkaṁ pi na rayatamamukkaṁ
thirapasamaṁ pi jaṇaṁ kaha appasamaṁ kuṇasi kayasēvaṁ [10]

कियकिच्चं पि अकिच्चं रयतममुक्कं पि न रयतममुक्कं ।
थिरपसमं पि जणं कह अप्पसमं कुणसि कयसेवं ॥ १० ॥

Rajas and tamas are psychophysical elements, generally associated with the Sāṁkhya philosophy but adopted by Jainism, which are typically negative, associated with darkness and dullness.