TEXT 12
ye caiva sāttvikā bhāvā
rājasās tāmasāś ca ye
matta eveti tān viddhi
na tv ahaṁ teṣu te mayi
SYNONYMS
ye—all those; ca—and; eva—certainly; sāttvikāḥin goodness; bhāvāḥstates of being; rājasāḥmode of passion; tāmasāḥ—mode of ignorance; ca—also; ye—although; mattaḥ—from Me; eva—certainly; itithus; tān—those; viddhitry to know; na—not; tu—but; aham—I; teṣu—in those; te—they; mayi—unto Me.
TRANSLATION
All states of being—be they of goodness, passion or ignorance—are manifested by My energy. I am, in one sense, everything—but I am independant. I am not under the modes of this material nature.
PURPORT
All material activities in the world are being conducted under the three modes of material nature. Although these material modes of nature are emanations from the Supreme Lord, Kṛṣṇa, He is not subject to them. For instance, under the state laws one may be punished, but the king, the lawmaker, is not subject to that law. Similarly, all the modes of material nature—goodness, passion and ignorance—are emanations from the Supreme Lord Kṛṣṇa, but Kṛṣṇa is not subject to material nature. Therefore He is nirguṇa, which means that these guṇas, or modes, although issuing from Him, do not affect Him. That is one of the special characteristics of Bhagavān, or the Supreme Personality of Godhead.

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