Chapter 14: The Three Modes Of Material Nature

Bhaktivedanta VedaBase: Bhagavad-gita As It Is 14.20

gunan etan atitya trin

dehi deha-samudbhavan

janma-mrityu-jara-duhkhair

vimukto 'mritam asnute

SYNONYMS

gunan -- qualities; etan -- all these; atitya -- transcending; trin -- three; dehi -- the embodied; deha -- the body; samudbhavan -- produced of; janma -- of birth; mrityu -- death; jara -- and old age; duhkhaih -- the distresses; vimuktah -- being freed from; amritam -- nectar; asnute -- he enjoys.

TRANSLATION

When the embodied being is able to transcend these three modes associated with the material body, he can become free from birth, death, old age and their distresses and can enjoy nectar even in this life.

PURPORT

How one can stay in the transcendental position, even in this body, in full Krishna consciousness, is explained in this verse. The Sanskrit word dehi means "embodied." Although one is within this material body, by his advancement in spiritual knowledge he can be free from the influence of the modes of nature. He can enjoy the happiness of spiritual life even in this body because, after leaving this body, he is certainly going to the spiritual sky. But even in this body he can enjoy spiritual happiness. In other words, devotional service in Krishna consciousness is the sign of liberation from material entanglement, and this will be explained in the Eighteenth Chapter. When one is freed from the influence of the modes of material nature, he enters into devotional service.

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