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Is there false ego in different modes? Like false ego in the mode of ignorance, false in the mode of passion or goodness?

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Conversations and Morning Walks

1976 Conversations and Morning Walks

Yes, prakṛti-jān guṇān.
Room Conversation -- July 6, 1976, Washington, D.C.:

Rūpānuga: Is there false ego in different modes? Like false ego in the mode of ignorance, false in the mode of passion or goodness?

Prabhupāda: Yes.

Rūpānuga: So the consciousness can be contaminated according to the mode in which it's associating.

Prabhupāda: Yes, prakṛti-jān guṇān.

Rūpānuga: Yes. So I am identifying with my body in any mode, that is false ego. But my consciousness is contaminated by a particular mode. May be passion, may be ignorance, may be goodness. So then my consciousness is contaminated. So false ego is the base of all material activities, but I may be acting in a certain mode, contaminated in a certain way. Is that right?

Prabhupāda: Yes.