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svabhAva... what is it?
svabhAva in colloquial is not the svabhAva that is described in the
Srimad Bhagavad Gita. In the SBG, God described svabhAva as adhyAtma (8.3).
adhyAtma is imperceptible by our senses. svabhAva in the SBG refers to an
implantation of Divine plan in us, from which we develop our speciality.
The 7th chapter describes the svabhAva in more detail.
He says that He is the eternal seed in all creation (7.10), that is
manifest as power in the powerful, intelligence in the intelligent etc.
This eternal seed is the svabhAva of the Gita. Thus svabhAva is our
imperceptible inner nature, the outward expression of which has been
described collectively as 'bhAvAH' (7.12,13). The bhAvaH are what comes
out as the product of the composite of the three guNas and svabhAva. Only
the Asuric people think that they are the Lord of their svabhAva and they
pursue ahaMkAra appeasement in all they do, but in reality, their bhAvaH
are dependent on the Divine Idea called svabhAva but they do not see it
because of the mAyA of the three guNas (7.13). Thus He says that bhAvAH
are not centered on God (7.12), but on ahaMkAra.
These bhAvaH of the SBG are mistakenly described as svabhAva in
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