Canto 6: Prescribed Duties for MankindChapter 15: The Saints Nārada and Ańgirā Instruct King Citraketu

Bhaktivedanta VedaBase: Śrīmad Bhāgavatam 6.15.8

deha-dehi-vibhāgo 'yam

aviveka-kṛtaḥ purā

jāti-vyakti-vibhāgo 'yaḿ

yathā vastuni kalpitaḥ


deha — of this body; dehi — and the proprietor of the body; vibhāgaḥ — the division; ayam — this; aviveka — from ignorance; kṛtaḥmade; purā — from time immemorial; jāti — of the class or caste; vyakti — and the individual; vibhāgaḥ — division; ayam — this; yathā — just as; vastuniin the original object; kalpitaḥ — imagined.


Divisions of generalization and specification, such as nationality and individuality, are the imaginations of persons who are not advanced in knowledge.


Actually there are two energies — material and spiritual. Both of them are ever-existing because they are emanations from the eternal truth, the Supreme Lord. Because the individual soul, the individual living entity, has desired to act in forgetfulness of his original identity since time immemorial, he is accepting different positions in material bodies and being designated according to many divisions of nationality, community, society, species and so on.

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