dehy ajno íjita-sad-vargo
necchan karmani karyate
dehi—the embodied soul; ajnah—without perfect knowledge; ajita-sat-vargah—who has not controlled the senses of perception and the mind; na icchan—without desiring; karmani—activities for material benefit; karyate—is caused to perform; kosakarah—the silkworm; iva—like; atmanam—himself; karmana—by fruitive activities; acchadya—covering; muhyati—becomes bewildered.
The foolish embodied living entity, inept at controlling his senses and mind, is forced to act according to the influence of the modes of material nature, against his desires. He is like a silkworm that uses its own saliva to create a cocoon and then becomes trapped in it, with no possibility of getting out. The living entity traps himself in a network of his own fruitive activities and then can find no way to release himself. Thus he is always bewildered, and repeatedly he dies.
As already explained, the influence of the modes of nature is very strong. The living entity entangled in different types of fruitive activity is like a silkworm trapped in a cocoon. Getting free is very difficult unless he is helped by the Supreme Personality of Godhead.
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