Tuesday, October 15, 2013


Bhagavad Gita As It Is -
Chapter 13 Text 20
prakrtim purusam caiva
viddhy anadi ubhav api
vikarams ca gunams caiva
viddhi prakrti-sambhavan

prakrtim--material nature; purusam--the living entities; ca--also; eva--certainly; viddhi--you must know; anadi--without beginning; ubhau--both; api--also; vikaran--transformations; ca--also; gunan--the three modes of nature; ca--also; eva--certainly; viddhi--know; prakrti--material nature; sambhavan--produced of.


Material nature and the living entities should be understood to be beginningless. Their transformations and the modes of matter are products of material nature.


We now move on to patching up Chapter thirteen.

Srila Prabhupada opens his purport to this sloka with these words; By the knowledge given in this chapter, one can understand the body (the field of activities) and the knowers of the body (both the individual soul and the Supersoul). The body is the field of activity and is composed of material nature. The individual soul that is embodied and enjoying the activities of the body is the purusa, or the living entity. He is one knower, and the other is the Supersoul.

Please click the link on the sidebar "Sloka of the Day - by Chapter" to read the beginning verses in this chapter.

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