13.20.5 puruṣaḥ prakṛti-stho hi (Original)

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Chapter 13

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puruṣaḥ prakṛti-stho hi
bhuṅkte prakṛti-jān guṇān

‘Verily being in matter planted, the soul eats of the matter-bred products.’

The term guṇā=lit: quality, is figuratively used here to represent the products of matter.

Prakṛiti-sthaḥ purusha is the soul which by its own intrinsic (soul-) nature, is made for self-bliss; but it is now seated in (i.e., consorts with) matter.

Matter-bred products=The products or manifest effects of the guṇas, satva etc., arising adventitiously from the circumstance of the (matter-soul-) association.

Bhuṅkte=eats of or experiences, joys and griefs.[3. Vide: Br: Sū: III-2-4, 5]

How this consorting (or conjunction) with matter has come about, is now explained:

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