The three modes of nature - goodness, passion, ignorance

Summary: How to be saved from a life of suffering? Be situated in goodness, shun irreligion, have compassion upon the soul trapped in ignorance and give them transcendental knowledge.

Reading Assignment

a) Srimad-Bhagavatam 4.8.5

sangrahena mayakhyatah pratisargas tavanagha trih srutvaitat puman punyam vidhunoty atmano malam

SYNONYMS sangrahena in summary; maya by me; akhyatah is explained; pratisargah cause of devastation; tava your; anagha O pure one; trih three times; srutva having heard; etat this description; puman one who; punyam piety; vidhunoti washes off; atmanah of the soul; malam contamination.

Service to Guru leads to service to Krishna
July 18, 2007

Summary: The 3 gunas are sometimes compared to 3 ropes, twisted together to make one very strong rope, a rope that binds the conditioned living being to material existence. BHAGAVAD-GITA Ch 14 describes the effect of the 3 modes, but it also describes how the modes can STOP acting: when one undeviatingly engages in devotional service unto Krishna, avyabhicari-bhakti (BHAGAVAD-GITA 14.26; see below). Srimad-Bhagavatam also addresses this, both in Srimad-Bhagavatam 1.2.19 http://vedabase.net/Srimad-Bhagavatam/1/2/19/en and in the verse Srimad-Bhagavatam 7.15.25 below.

Krishna dances on Kaliya
September 20, 2012

SummarySometimes we may feel despondent that our material conditioning is an impediment to our devotional service. Kaliya’s prayer to Lord Krsna gives us inspiration to continue despite whatever our material conditioning might be.

Kapiladev instructs Devahuti on devotional service

Summary: Is it possible for devotional service to be mixed with anything other than pure consciousness?