Table of the Modes of Material Nature from Bhagavad Gita

Here just the short remaindering synopsis of Modes of Material Nature from Bhagavad Gita as more detail additional informations to others materials, like “By Walking, Breathing and Drinking we can Attract Prema Bhakti“.

Mode of Goodness
– Sattva guna
Mode of passion
– Raja guna
Mode of ignorance
– Tama guna
Binding Force as sense of: BG 14.6-14.8
• Happiness;
• Satisfaction;
• Knowledge;
• Superiority
• Attachment to fruitive activities;
• Binds by the ropes of desire and attachment
• Madness;
• Indolence (Laziness);
• Sleep;
Symptoms BG 14.11 – 14.13
• Illuminates the gates of the body with knowledge;
• Frees one from sinful reactions
• Intense, unlimited desires and longings;
• Great attachment;
• Fruitive activities
• Delusion/Illusion;
• Darkness;
• Madness;
• Inertia
Destination at death BG 14.14 – 14.15
• Attains the pure, higher planets of the great sages • Attains earthly planets • Birth in lower species
Results of action BG 14.16 – 14.18
• Pure
• Knowledge (sees things as they are)
• Elevation to higher planets like
• Brahmaloka or Janaloka
• Misery
• Greed
• Earthly planets
• Foolishness
• Madness
• Illusion
• Life in hellish worlds
Worship BG 17.4
• Demigods • Demons • Ghosts and Spirits
Food BG 17.8 – 17.10
Type of foods:
• Juicy, fatty, wholesome and pleasing to the heart • Too bitter, Too sour, salty, hot pungent, dry and burning • Prepared more than three hours before being eaten
• Food that is tasteless, decomposed and putrid
• Food consisting of remnants and untouchable things
Effect of such foods:
• Increases the duration of life
• Purifies one’s existence
• Gives strength, health, happiness and satisfaction
• Distress
• Misery
• Disease
• Infection
• Disease
Sacrifice BG 17.11 -17.13
• According to directions of scripture
• As a matter of duty
• Without desire of reward
• Performs for some material benefit;
• For the sake of pride
• Without regard for the directions of scripture
• Without distribution of prasadam (spiritual food)
• Without chanting of Vedic hymns
• Without remuneration to the priests
• Without faith
Austerity BG 17.17 -17.19
• Performed with transcendental faith;
• Without expecting material benefits;
• Only for the sake of the Supreme
• Performed out of pride;
• For the sake of gaining respect;
• It is neither permanent nor stable
• Performed out of foolishness
• With self-torture
• To destroy or injure others
Charity BG 17.20 – 17.22
• Given out of duty
• Without expectation of return
• At the proper time and place
• To a worthy person
• With expectation of some return
• With the desire for fruitive results
• In a grudging mood
• Performed at an impure place
• At an impure time
• To unworthy persons
• Without proper attention and respect
Renunciation BG 18.7 – 18.9
• Performing prescribed duty only because it ought to be done
• Renounces all material association
• Renounces all attachment to the fruit
• Renounces prescribed duties as troublesome or out of fear of bodily discomfort • Renounces prescribed duties because of illusion
Knowledge BG 18.20 – 18.22
• Knowledge by which one undivided spiritual nature is seen in all living entities, though they are divided into innumerable forms • Knowledge by which one sees that in every different body there is a different type of living entity • Knowledge by which one is attached to one kind of work as all in all
• Without knowledge of the truth
• Which is very meager
Action 18.23 – 18.25
• Regulated by sastras
• Performed without attachment
• Without love or hatred
• Without desire for fruitive results
• With great effort by one seeking to gratify his desires
• Enacted from a sense of false ego
• Performed in illusion
• In disregard of scriptural injunctions
• Without concern for future bondage or for violence or distress caused to others
Performer of action (worker) BG 18.26 – 18.28
• Performs his duty without association with the modes of material nature
• Without false ego
• With great determination and enthusiasm
• Without wavering in success or failure
• Attached to work and fruits of work
• Desiring to enjoy those fruits
• Greedy
• Envious
• Impure and
• Moved by joy and sorrow
• Work against the injunctions of the scripture
• Materialistic
• Obstinate
• Cheating
• Expert in insulting others
• Lazy
• Always morose and
• Procrastinating
Understanding BG 18.30 – 18.32
• One knows whatought to be done and what ought not to be done
• What is to be feared and what is not to be feared
• What is binding and what is liberating
• Cannot distinguishbetween religion and irreligion
• Between action that should be done and action that should not be done
• Considers religion to beirreligion and irreligion to be religion
• Under the spell of illusion and darkness
• Always striving in the wrong direction
Determination BG 18.33 – 18.35
• Unbreakable
• Sustained with steadfastness by yoga practice
• Controls the activities of mind, life and senses
• One holds fast to fruitive results in religion, economic development and sense gratification • One cannot go beyonddreaming
• Fearfulness
• Lamentation
• Moroseness
• Illusion
Happiness BG 18.37 – 18.39
• Just like poison in the beginning and nectar at the end
• Awakes one to self realisation
• Derived from contact of the senses with their objects
• Appears as nectar at first but poison at the end
• Blind to self realisation
• Delusion from beginning to end
• Arises from sleep, laziness and illusion

Material from Gauranga Priya Prabhu Bhagavat Gita course materials:


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