Srimad Bhagavatam 11.22.33 - Receiving Mercy in Parampara (download mp3)
by Sankirtan Prabhu at ISKCON Chowpatty
yo ’sau guna-ksobha-krto vikarah
pradhana-mulan mahatah prasutah
aham tri-vrn moha-vikalpa-hetur
vaikarikas tamasa aindriyas ca
When the three modes of nature are agitated, the resultant transformation appears as the element false ego in three phases — goodness, passion and ignorance. Generated from the mahat-tattva, which is itself produced from the unmanifest pradhana, this false ego becomes the cause of all material illusion and duality.
By giving up one’s false ego of identification with the three modes of nature, one can achieve Krsna consciousness, the pure, original state of existence. The word moha-vikalpa-hetuh indicates that because of false ego one considers himself to be the enjoyer of nature and thus develops a false sense of material duality in terms of material happiness and distress. False ego is removed by identifying oneself as the Lord’s eternal servitor in full Krsna consciousness.