Bhagavad Gita -Srila Prabhupada 601

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

The Three Modes Of Material Nature
Chapter 14: Verse- 21

arjuna uväca
kair lingais trin gunän etän atito bhavati prabho
kim äcärah katham caitäms trin guëän ativartate[1]


Arjuna inquired: O my dear Lord, by which symptoms is one known who is transcendental to these three modes? What is his behavior? And how does he transcend the modes of nature?


In this verse, Arjuna’s questions are very appropriate. He wants to know the symptoms of a person who has already transcended the material modes. He first inquires of the symptoms of such a transcendental person. How can one understand that he has already transcended the influence of the modes of material nature? The second question asks how he lives and what his activities are. Are they regulated or nonregulated? Then Arjuna inquires of the means by which he can attain the transcendental nature. That is very important. Unless one knows the direct means by which one can be situated always transcendentally, there is no possibility of showing the symptoms. So all these questions put by Arjuna are very important, and the Lord answers them.



  1. arjunah uväca=Arjuna said; kaih=by which; lingaih=ymptoms; trin=three; gunän=qualities; etän=all these; atitah=having transcended; bhavati=is; prabho=O my Lord; kim=what; äcärah=behavior; katham=how; ca=also;
    etän=these; trin=three; gunän=qualities; ativartate=transcends.

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