Bhagvad-Gita: Treatise of self-help
by BS Murthy
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This intriguing chapter of 42 slokas,
known as vibhooti yoga, Glories of the Supreme, characterizes the
Omnipresence of the Supreme Spirit.Well, for general human understanding,
Lord Krishna identifies the best in heaven and earth that represent all that
is glorious about Him. One might note that His averment that sama veda
and tapo yagjna, meditative prayer, symbolize the glory of the
Supreme was cited in the introduction to the third chapter.
In the context of what Lord Krishna
enumerates as symbolic of the ĎGlory of the Supreme Spirití, it is
interesting to note that Heís the sovereign in humans in s27 but not Rama as
one would have expected. However, Lord Rama enters the Hall of Fame as the
first amongst the archers (s31). Going by the dispassionate outlook towards
life that Lord Krishna expostulates, it is but natural that Lord Rama who
personifies attachment to the values of his time is not reckoned as the
Glory of the Supreme Spirit. It is another
matter that in the Hindu religio-cultural ethos, Lord Rama is revered as
purushottama, the noblest human.
Thus spoke the Lord:
Ear thy lend My words peerless
Bound they regale as thee gain.
Sourced though gods ín seers in Me
Grasp they have none of My source.
Me as Lord of all who sees
Turns his back on wrongdoings.
Sourced in Me all faculties
State of mind of beings too.
Varied I made vicissitudes
As the case with attitudes.
Willed I birth of progenitors all
Seven seers great ín elders four
Not to mention sovereign fourteen.
Grasps as one the power of Mine
Keeps he would his mind then firm.
Who this gets in My worship
Tends he then
to turn to Me.
Whoso to Me thus taken
Delight he takes in praising Me.
Him I help to realize that
Which is needed
to reach Me.
Doubts I dispel his for good
Grant I wisdom
to his thought.
Thus spoke Arjuna:
O Lord Thou, Supreme Brahman
Abode Ultimate, Purifier Primordial
Indweller Permanent ín God Primeval.
Thatís how sages down the ages
Narada foremost described Thee,
Affirmed Asita, Devala ín Vyasa
All of that Thou confirm now.
None can ever be sure of Thee
Hold I true thus what Thou say.
God of gods
O Lord of all,
Thou but know
Self Thy true.
Pray Thee confide Thy nature
With which Thou all worlds transcend.
How to grasp all aspects Thine,
How to engage Thee in mind?
Make me privy, O, My Lord
Forms ín attributes of Thyself.
Thus spoke the Lord:
Of all countless Glories Mine
Suffice thee knew a few of them.
Iím the Self of one and all
Iím the beginning as well end
Not to speak of in between.
Vishnu Am of all deities
Sun the luminous of luminous
Mareechi Am immortal
As well moon the star of stars.
I am the Sama of Vedas
Itís Me Indra, god of gods
Of all organs, mind is Me
And so life in all beings.
Shankar Am the Lord of Lords
Kubera, richest of Yakshas
Of the Vasus know Am Fire
And Am Meru, peak foremost.
In those echelons ruled by gods
Itís Me Bruhaspathi priest of priests,
Marshal that great Skand on earth
Besides the ocean among the seas.
So Am ĎOmí that sound supreme,
Of rituals Am prayer muted
Himalayas high that kiss the skies.
Iím the fig, the tree foremost
And so heavenly sage Narad,
Maestro divine Chitraradh Am
Besides Kapila, the sage attained.
Uchhaisravas, Am horse foremost
Nectar that was churned in seas
Airavat white, Indraís elephant
Sovereign whoso crowns mankind.
Vajrayudh Am weapon mighty
Kamadhenu the cow holy
Cupid who aids to sustain life
Vasuki the fierce king serpent.
Itís Me Ananth of Nagas
Varun I am of aquatics,
Itís Me Aryama, mane of manes
Yama the ruler of beings.
Prahlad Am, the demon godly
Among the reckoners, Iím the Time
Itís Me lion, of wildlife all
As well Garud that rules the skies.
Iím the wind that purifies all
Among the archers Ram Iím
I'm the shark that mighty fish
And the Ganges, ever in flow.
Hinge I am that holds all worlds
Source is Me of spiritual thought
Of Vedanta, Iím pro contra.
Alpha Am of alphabets all
Likeness Iím in like compounds
Iím the time of endlessness
Itís Me Brahma of four heads.
Iím the death that devours all
As well brings forth that beings
Besides what makes womanís glory.
Am Sama the grand octane
Like none metre Gayathri,
Margasir pleasant month I am
As well splendid spring season.
Iím the splendour of splendrous
Besides fraud in dice as well
I'm the goodness in great souls
Effort that takes to succeed well.
Itís Me Vasudev of Yadavs
Of the Pandavs thou art Me,
Know Am Vyasa of sages
Poet Laureate, Sukra great.
Justice I'm in every court
Policy Am of all conquest,
Secret Iím of every mute
Wisdom Am of what is wise.
Iím the seed of all beings
From Me apart none exists.
Endless are My attributes
This brief is for just thy grasp.
All thatís glorious all therein
Is but spark of My splendour.
O dear friend need there none to delve in full
Suffice to say itís portion Mine that
Discern the Divine,
The Tenth Chapter
Treatise of self-help.
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