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.’
‘Actions in every case are performed by the Gunas of Nature.’ Nature is the primal force of manifest creation. The Gunas interact according to Nature’s desire to further evolution. This is where Nature begins, on the subtlest level of the Gunas (3.14, 2.45). Knowing this is a matter of the direct experience of it. Only those who directly experience separation of desire and action from the Self know that ‘Actions in every case are performed by the Gunas of Nature.’
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. He whose mind is deluded by the sense of ‘I’ holds ‘I am the doer’ lives in ignorance of the nature of action and consequently, lives in bondage to action. In lack of direct experience of detachment of Self from action, they are 'unwise' (3.25).
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