3.27 prakṛteḥ kriyamāṇāni (Original)

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Chapter 3

<< Chapter 3 verse 26


prakṛteḥ kriyamāṇāni
guṇaiḥ karmāṇi sarvaśaḥ
kartāham iti manyate

‘All kinds of activities are born of the guṇās1 of matter. Whoso is deluded with the egoistic notion (ahaṇkāra2), thinks, ‘I am the doer.’’

>> Chapter 3 verse 28

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  1. Guṇās=qualities of matter. See Lect: XIV for an exhaustive treatment of the gunās. These are the three main characteristics of matter which keep the world moving. Satva is the tendency to produce goodness, purity, etc., Rajas is the tendency to act in the world with passions; and Tamas is the tendency to sloth, evil, etc. See also XIII-20 and 29.
  2. Means pride, or intumescence of selfness, egoism or egotism. Ahaṇkāra, here means the deluded notion that what is not-self (body) is self (ātmā).

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