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SB 11.23.44

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His Divine Grace A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada

Please note: The synonyms, translation and purport of this verse were composed by disciples of Śrīla Prabhupāda


anīha ātmā manasā samīhatā
hiraṇ-mayo mat-sakha udvicaṣṭe
manaḥ sva-liṅgaṁ parigṛhya kāmān
juṣan nibaddho guṇa-saṅgato 'sau


anīhaḥ—not endeavoring; ātmā—the Supreme Soul; manasā—along with the mind; samīhatā—which is struggling; hiraṇ-mayaḥ—exhibiting transcendental enlightenment; mat-sakhaḥ—my friend; udvicaṣṭe—looks down from above; manaḥ—the mind; sva-lingam—which projects the image of the material world upon him (the soul); parigṛhya—embracing; kāmān—objects of desire; juṣan—engaging with; nibaddhaḥ—becomes bound; guṇa-saṅgataḥ—because of association with the modes of nature; asau—that infinitesimal spirit soul.

Translation and purport composed by disciples of Śrīla Prabhupāda


Although present along with the struggling mind within the material body, the Supersoul is not endeavoring, because He is already endowed with transcendental enlightenment. Acting as my friend, He simply witnesses from His transcendental position. I, the infinitesimal spirit soul, on the other hand, have embraced this mind, which is the mirror reflecting the image of the material world. Thus I have become engaged in enjoying objects of desire and am entangled due to contact with the modes of nature.

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