Canto 3: The Status QuoChapter 31: Lord Kapila's Instructions on the Movements of the Living Entities

Bhaktivedanta VedaBase: Śrīmad Bhāgavatam 3.31.30

bhūtaiḥ pañcabhir ārabdhe

dehe dehy abudho 'sakṛt

ahaḿ mamety asad-grāhaḥ

karoti kumatir matim


bhūtaiḥ — by material elements; pañcabhiḥ — five; ārabdhemade; dehein the body; dehī — the living entity; abudhaḥ — ignorant; asakṛt — constantly; ahamI; mamamine; iti — thus; asat — nonpermanent things; grāhaḥ — accepting; karotihe does; ku-matiḥ — being foolish; matim — thought.


By such ignorance the living entity accepts the material body, which is made of five elements, as himself. With this misunderstanding, he accepts nonpermanent things as his own and increases his ignorance in the darkest region.


The expansion of ignorance is explained in this verse. The first ignorance is to identify one's material body, which is made of five elements, as the self, and the second is to accept something as one's own due to a bodily connection. In this way, ignorance expands. The living entity is eternal, but because of his accepting nonpermanent things, misidentifying his interest, he is put into ignorance, and therefore he suffers material pangs.

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