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SB 10.46.41

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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


yathā bhramarikā-dṛṣṭyā
bhrāmyatīva mahīyate
citte kartari tatrātmā
kartevāhaṁ-dhiyā smṛtaḥ


yathā—as; bhramarikā—because of whirling around; dṛṣṭyā—in one's vision; bhrāmyati—whirling; iva—as if; mahī—the ground; īyate—appears; citte—the mind; kartari—being the doer; tatra—there; ātmā—the self; kartā—the doer; iva—as if; aham-dhiyā—because of false ego; smṛtaḥ—is thought.

Translation and purport composed by disciples of Śrīla Prabhupāda


Just as a person who is whirling around perceives the ground to be turning, one who is affected by false ego thinks himself the doer, when actually only his mind is acting.


Śrīla Viśvanātha Cakravartī gives a parallel idea: Although our happiness and distress are caused by our own interaction with the material qualities, we perceive the Lord to be their cause.

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