Three Modes of Material Nature - an essential subject
The three modes of material nature are a very unique and illuminating concept of Vedic philosophy which describe and explain the functioning of material nature based on three influences or forces - goodness, passion and ignorance. They permeate everywhere and affect all aspects of this material world.
The three modes of material nature bind us to stay in the material world and therefore get stuck in the cycle of birth and death forever. If we can avoid the lower modes by understanding how they work and influence us then we can successfully cultivate the mode of goodness which will make us eligible to succeed on our path of self realization. All of these three modes of nature contaminate us - to bigger or lesser degrees - so ultimately, one has to transcend all the material modes and achieve a pure state, in pure goodness.
Srila Prabhupada's books, lectures, conversations and letters offer a comprehensive presentation of this essential subject as seen in the Vaniquotes Three Modes of Material Nature category. An introduction from his books is given below in the following 13 quotes.
Quotes from Srila Prabhupada's books
|In the material world, the three modes are goodness, passion and ignorance, and all of these are simply different gradations of contamination. (Caitanya-caritāmṛta, Madhya-līlā 15.277)|
|The spirit soul bewildered by the influence of false ego thinks himself the doer of activities that are in actuality carried out by the three modes of material nature. (Bhagavad-gītā 3.27)|
|Even a man of knowledge acts according to his own nature, for everyone follows the nature he has acquired from the three modes. What can repression accomplish? (Bhagavad-gītā 3.33)|
|A living entity is eternally a servant and unless one serves Kṛṣṇa one has to serve illusion in different varieties of the three modes of material nature and thus wander perpetually within the cycle of birth and death. (Bhagavad-gītā, Preface)|
|By attaining the highest platform of devotional service, as I have explained, one can overcome the influence of the three modes of material nature and be situated in the transcendental stage, as is the Lord. (Śrīmad-Bhāgavatam 3.29.14)|
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