Bhagavad Gita Quiz: Modes of Material Nature

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What is the characteristic of a person influenced by the mode of passion?

They want to squeeze out the energy of the body to enjoy material existence

What is the result of hearing Krsna katha?

One becomes freed from the stages of ignorance and passion

What is the characteristic of a person in the mode of ignorance?

They are situated in the deepest darkness of life

What is the life of an animal like?

Full of suffering, but the animal does not know that

What is the spirit of enjoyment in the hog?

Sensual enjoyment

What happens when one is situated in the mode of goodness?

They have a clear understanding of their interrelationship with God

What is the result of being in the mode of passion?

One wants to squeeze out the energy of the body to enjoy material existence

What is the characteristic of a hog's life?

It is full of suffering, but the hog does not know that

What is the nature of material existence?

It is full of ignorance and passion

Study Notes

The Three Modes of Material Nature

  • The material nature works in three modes: goodness, passion, and ignorance.

Mode of Ignorance

  • Characterized by a hopeless life, neither passionate nor good.
  • Lives in the deepest darkness of life.

Mode of Passion

  • Materialistic, seeking false enjoyment of material existence.
  • Influenced by the mode of passion, one wants to squeeze out the energy of the body to enjoy material life.
  • Does not know the truth.

Mode of Goodness

  • Situated in this mode, we can understand what I am, what this world is, what God is, and what our interrelationship is.
  • By hearing Krsna katha, we will be freed from the stages of ignorance and passion and situated in the mode of goodness.
  • Gains real knowledge of what we are.

Analogy of the Hog

  • The hog represents the animal existence, which is full of suffering but unaware of it.
  • The hog's life is miserable, living in filth, eating stools, and being obsessed with sex, yet it is happy in its ignorance.
  • This represents the spirit of enjoyment, but in a sensual and unfulfilling way.

Test your understanding of the three modes of material nature - goodness, passion, and ignorance - and their influence on human behavior.

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