Srimad Bhagavatam 10.24.16 - Understanding our Nature (download mp3), (download flv) and (download mp4)
by Kaunteya Prabhu at ISKCON Chowpatty
svabhava-tantro hi janah
svabhava-stham idam sarvam
Every individual is under the control of his own conditioned nature, and thus he must follow that nature. This entire universe, with all its demigods, demons and human beings, is based on the conditioned nature of the living entities.
Lord Krsna here elaborates upon the argument given in the previous verse. Since everything depends on svabhava, or one’s conditioned nature, why bother worshiping God or the demigods? This argument would be sublime if svabhava, or conditioned nature, were all-powerful. But unfortunately it is not. There is a supreme controller and we must worship Him, as Lord Krsna will emphatically reveal in this chapter of the Srimad-Bhagavatam. For now, however, He is content to tease His relatives.