Bhagavad Gita -Srila Prabhupada 163

Shrimad Bhagavad Gita As It Is -Shri Shrimad A.C Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada

Chapter 3: Verse-36

arjuna uväca
atha kena prayukto ’yam
päpam carati pürusah
anicchann api varsneya
baläd iva niyojitah[1]


Arjuna said: O descendant of Vrsni, by what is one impelled to sinful acts, even unwillingly, as if engaged by force?


A living entity, as part and parcel of the Supreme, is originally spiritual, pure, and free from all material contaminations. Therefore, by nature he is not subject to the sins of the material world. But when he is in contact with the material nature, he acts in many sinful ways without hesitation, and sometimes even against his will. As such, Arjuna’s question to krsna is very sanguine, as to the perverted nature of the living entities. Although the living entity sometimes does not want to act in sin, he is still forced to act. Sinful actions are not, however, impelled by the Supersoul within, but are due to another cause, as the Lord explains in the next verse.



  1. arjunah uväca=Arjuna said; atha=then; kena=by what; prayuktah=impelled; ayam=one; päpam=sins; carati=does; pürusah=a man; anicchan=without desiring; api=although; varsneya=O descendant of Vrsni; balät=by force; iva=as if; niyojitah=engaged.

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