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SB 10.54.47

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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


janmādayas tu dehasya
vikriyā nātmanaḥ kvacit
kalānām iva naivendor
mṛtir hy asya kuhūr iva


janma-ādayaḥ—birth and so on; tu—but; dehasya—of the body; vikriyāḥ—transformations; na—not; ātmanaḥ—of the self; kvacit—ever; kalānām—of the phases; iva—as; na—not; eva—indeed; indoḥ—of the moon; mṛtiḥ—the death; hi—indeed; asya—of it; kuhūḥ—the new moon day; iva—as.

Translation and purport composed by disciples of Śrīla Prabhupāda


Birth and other transformations are undergone by the body but never by the self, just as change occurs for the moon's phases but never for the moon, though the new-moon day may be called the moon's "death."


Lord Balarāma here explains how the conditioned souls identify with the body and how this identification should be given up. Certainly every ordinary person considers himself or herself young, middle-aged or old, healthy or sick. But such identification is an illusion, just as the waxing and waning of the moon is an illusion. When we identify ourselves with the material body, we lose our power to understand the soul.

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