The Search for the True Independent Reality

Srimad Bhagavatam 11.22.30 - The Search for the True Independent Reality (download mp3)
by Radhika Vallabha Prabhu at ISKCON Chowpatty

SB 11.22.30
mamanga maya guna-mayy anekadha
 vikalpa-buddhis ca gunair vidhatte
vaikarikas tri-vidho ’dhyatmam ekam
 athadhidaivam adhibhutam anyat

My dear Uddhava, My material energy, comprising three modes and acting through them, manifests the varieties of creation along with varieties of consciousness for perceiving them. The manifest result of material transformation is understood in three aspects: adhyatmic, adhidaivic and adhibhautic.

The word vikalpa-buddhih indicates that consciousness within various material bodies reveals different aspects of the Lord’s creation. Birds such as seagulls glide on the ocean breezes, experiencing the Lord’s creation of wind and altitude. The fish experience life within the water, and other creatures intimately experience life within trees or within the earth. Human society affords its own varieties of awareness, and similarly in heaven and hell different experiences are available. All types of material consciousness are transformations of the three modes of material nature, the expansions of the Lord’s illusory energy.

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