Nature of False Ego Is Unnatural to the Soul

Srimad Bhagavatam 10.54.48 - Nature of False Ego Is Unnatural to the Soul (download mp3) and (download mp4)
by Radhanath Swami at ISKCON Chowpatty

SB 10.54.48
yatha sayana atmanam
 visayan phalam eva ca
anubhunkte ’py asaty arthe
 tathapnoty abudho bhavam

As a sleeping person perceives himself, the objects of sense enjoyment and the fruits of his acts within the illusion of a dream, so one who is unintelligent undergoes material existence.

As stated in sruti, asango hy ayam purusah: “The living being has no intimate connection with the material world.” This point is explained in the present verse. A similar statement is found in the Srimad-Bhagavatam (11.22.56):

arthe ’hy avidyamane ’pi
 samsrtir na nivartate
dhyayato visayan asya
 svapne ’narthagamo yatha

“For one who is meditating on sense gratification, material life, although lacking factual existence, does not go away, just as the unpleasant experiences of a dream do not.”