Canto 11: General HistoryChapter 25: The Three Modes of Nature and Beyond

Bhaktivedanta VedaBase: Śrīmad Bhāgavatam 11.25.1

śrī-bhagavān uvāca

guṇānām asammiśrāṇāḿ

pumān yena yathā bhavet

tan me puruṣa-varyedam

upadhāraya śaḿsataḥ


śrī-bhagavān uvāca — the Supreme Personality of Godhead said; guṇānām — of the modes of nature; asammiśrāṇāmin their unmixed state; pumāna person; yena — by which mode; yathā — how; bhavethe becomes; tat — that; me — by Me; puruṣa-varyaO best among men; idam — this; upadhāraya — please try to understand; śaḿsataḥas I speak.


The Supreme Personality of Godhead said: O best among men, please listen as I describe to you how the living entity attains a particular nature by association with individual material modes.


The word asammiśra indicates that which is not mixed with anything else. Lord Kṛṣṇa now explains how each of the three material modes (goodness, passion and ignorance), acting separately, causes a conditioned soul to manifest a particular type of existence. The living entity is ultimately transcendental to the modes of nature, being part and parcel of Lord Kṛṣṇa, but in conditioned life he manifests material qualities. This is described in the following verses.

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