TEXTS 2526
esa atma-viparyaso
hy alinge linga-bhavana
esa priyapriyair yogo
viyogah karma-samsrtih
sambhavas ca vinasas ca
sokas ca vividhah smrtah
avivekas ca cinta ca
vivekasmrtir eva ca
SYNONYMS
esah—this; atma-viparyasah—bewilderment of the living being; hi—indeed; alinge—in that which does not possess a material body; linga-bhavana—accepting the material body to be the self; esah—this; priya—with those who are very dear; apriyaih—and with those who are not dear (enemies, those not in the family, etc.); yogah—connection; viyogah—separation; karma—the fruits of action; samsrtih—the material condition of life; sambhavah—accepting birth; ca—and; vinasah—accepting death; ca—and; sokah—lamentation; ca—and; vividhah—varieties; smrtah—mentioned in scripture; avivekah—lack of discrimination; ca—and; cinta—anxiety; ca—also; viveka—of proper discrimination; asmrtih—forgetfulness; eva—indeed; ca—also.
TRANSLATION
In his bewildered state, the living entity, accepting the body and mind to be the self, considers some people to be his kinsmen and others to be outsiders. Because of this misconception, he suffers. Indeed, the accumulation of such concocted material ideas is the cause of suffering and so-called happiness in the material world. The conditioned soul thus situated must take birth in different species and work in various types of consciousness, thus creating new bodies. This continued material life is called samsara. Birth, death, lamentation, foolishness and anxiety are due to such material considerations. Thus we sometimes come to a proper understanding and sometimes fall again to a wrong conception of life.

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