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SB 11.25.26

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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


sāttvikaḥ kārako 'saṅgī
rāgāndho rājasaḥ smṛtaḥ
tāmasaḥ smṛti-vibhraṣṭo
nirguṇo mad-apāśrayaḥ


sāttvikaḥ—in the mode of goodness; kārakaḥ—the performer of activities; asaṅgī—free from attachment; rāga-andhaḥ—blinded by personal desire; rājasaḥ—the performer in the mode of passion; smṛtaḥ—is considered; tāmasaḥ—the performer in the mode of ignorance; smṛti—from remembrance of what is what; vibhraṣṭaḥ—fallen; nirguṇaḥ—transcendental; mat-apāśrayaḥ—he who has taken shelter of Me.

Translation and purport composed by disciples of Śrīla Prabhupāda


A worker free of attachment is in the mode of goodness, a worker blinded by personal desire is in the mode of passion, and a worker who has completely forgotten how to tell right from wrong is in the mode of ignorance. But a worker who has taken shelter of Me is understood to be transcendental to the modes of nature.


A transcendental worker performs his activities in strict accordance with the directions of Lord Kṛṣṇa and the Lord's bona fide representatives. Taking shelter of the Lord's guidance, such a worker remains transcendental to the material modes of nature.

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