Bhagavad Gita, Chapter 3 verse 27: Actions in every case are performed by the Gunas of Nature. He whose mind is deluded by the sense of ‘I’ holds ‘I am the doer.’

This verse is the action equivalent of verse 2.71, ‘Free from the sense of ‘I’ and ‘mine,’ he attains to peace.’ When Self is experienced as separate from activity (2.57), there is no sense of ‘I’ and ‘mine’ because one identifies with unbounded and eternal Self.

‘Actions in every case are performed by the Gunas of Nature.’ Nature is the primal force of manifest creation and ground zero for all actions. The Gunas arise out of Veda and combine and interact according to Nature’s role to further evolution. This is where Nature begins, on the level of the Gunas: ‘Know action to be born of Brahma (Veda)’ (3.15). Only those who experience separation from desire and action know that ‘Actions in every case are performed by the Gunas of Nature.’ Those who have not experienced Self as separate from activity think they author action.

 

‘Deluded by the sense of ‘I’ hold ‘I am the doer’ and they remain in bondage to action.