Chapter 14: The Three Modes of Material Nature
gunan etan atitya trin
vimukto 'mrtam asnute
guëän—qualities; etän—all these; atétya—transcending; trén—three; dehé—body; deha—body; samudbhavän—produced of; janma—birth; måtyu—death; jarä—old age; duùkhaiù—distresses; vimuktaù—being freed from; amåtam—nectar; açnute—enjoys.
When the embodied being is able to transcend these three modes, he can become free from birth, death, old age and their distresses and can enjoy nectar even in this life.
How one can stay in the transcendental position, even in this body, in full Kåñëa consciousness, is explained in this verse. The Sanskrit word dehé means embodied. Although one is within this material body, by his advancement in spiritual knowledge he can be free from the influence of the modes of nature. He can enjoy the happiness of spiritual life even in this body because, after leaving this body, he is certainly going to the spiritual sky. But even in this body he can enjoy spiritual happiness. In other words, devotional service in Kåñëa consciousness is the sign of liberation from this material entanglement, and this will be explained in the Eighteenth Chapter. When one is freed from the influence of the modes of material nature, he enters into devotional service.