Traits of a Foolish Person

Srimad Bhagavatam 11.11.10 - Traits of a Foolish Person (download mp3)
by Gauranga Prabhu at ISKCON Chowpatty

SB 11.11.10
daivadhine sarire ’smin
 guna-bhavyena karmana
vartamano ’budhas tatra
 kartasmiti nibadhyate

An unintelligent person situated within the body created by his previous fruitive activities thinks, “I am the performer of action.” Bewildered by false ego, such a foolish person is therefore bound up by fruitive activities, which are in fact carried out by the modes of nature.

As stated in Bhagavad-gita (3.27):

prakrteh kriyamanani
 gunaih karmani sarvasah
 kartaham iti manyate

The living entity is dependent on the supreme entity, Lord Krsna, but because of false pride he ignores the Supreme Personality of Godhead and considers himself to be the performer of action and enjoyer of everything. Srila Madhvacarya states that just as a king punishes a rebellious subject, the Supreme Lord punishes the sinful living entity by forcing him to transmigrate from one body to another in the network of the illusory energy.

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