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Prakriti does everything

by Swami Sivananda

All actions are done by the qualities of nature only. He whose mind is deluded by egoism thinks: 'I am the doer'. This is the cause of bondage. The Gunas only do all actions. The ignorant man identifies himself through the force of Avidya with his body, mind and Indriyas which are the products or effects of the three Gunas-Sattva, Rajas and Tamas. Now comes the trouble. If he thinks: 'I am the doer', he has to enjoy the good and bad fruits of his actions. He is brought again and again to this Mrityuloka.

He who sees that Prakriti performs all actions and that the Self is actionless, really sees. The wise man who knows the essence of the divisions of the qualities and functions, holding that "the qualities move amidst the qualities" is not attached. He separates himself from the body, mind and organs. He stands as a witness of these Upadhis and their functions by identifying himself with the pure inner Self or Atman. He says: "Seeing, hearing, touching, speaking, giving, grasping, opening and closing the eyes, are functions of the Indriyas. I have nothing to do. They are the Dharmas of the senses. I am distinct from the senses. The senses move among the senses. I am Nirlipta. I am Asanga." This is the Drishti (vision) or Nischaya (determination) of a Jnani. He escapes from the bondage of Karmas. He is freed from the wheel of birth and death.

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