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Bhagvad-Gita: Treatise of self-help

by BS Murthy

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Chapter-10: Discern the Divine

 

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.  

1     

Thus spoke the Lord:

Ear thy lend My words peerless

Bound they regale as thee gain.

2     

Sourced though gods ín seers in Me

Grasp they have none of My source.

3     

Me as Lord of all who sees

Turns his back on wrongdoings. 

4     

Sourced in Me all faculties 

State of mind of beings too.

5         

Varied I made vicissitudes 

As the case with attitudes.

6     

Willed I birth of progenitors all

Seven seers great ín elders four

Not to mention sovereign fourteen. 

7     

Grasps as one the power of Mine

Keeps he would his mind then firm.

8

Who this gets in My worship

Tends he then to turn to Me.

9     

Whoso to Me thus taken

Delight he takes in praising Me.

10   

Him I help to realize that

Which is needed to reach Me.

11   

Doubts I dispel his for good

Grant I wisdom to his thought.

12

Thus spoke Arjuna:

O Lord Thou, Supreme Brahman

Abode Ultimate, Purifier Primordial

Indweller Permanent ín God Primeval.

13   

Thatís how sages down the ages

Narada foremost described Thee,

Affirmed Asita, Devala ín Vyasa

All of that Thou confirm now.

14   

None can ever be sure of Thee

Hold I true thus what Thou say.

15   

God of gods

O Lord of all,

Thou but know

Self Thy true.

16       

Pray Thee confide Thy nature 

With which Thou all worlds transcend.

17   

How to grasp all aspects Thine,

How to engage Thee in mind?

18   

Make me privy, O, My Lord

Forms ín attributes of Thyself.

19   

Thus spoke the Lord:

Of all countless Glories Mine

Suffice thee knew a few of them.

20   

Iím the Self of one and all

Iím the beginning as well end

Not to speak of in between.

21

Vishnu Am of all deities 

Sun the luminous of luminous

Mareechi Am immortal 

As well moon the star of stars. 

22   

I am the Sama of Vedas 

Itís Me Indra, god of gods

Of all organs, mind is Me

And so life in all beings.

23   

Shankar Am the Lord of Lords 

Kubera, richest of Yakshas

Of the Vasus know Am Fire

And Am Meru, peak foremost.

24   

In those echelons ruled by gods 

Itís Me Bruhaspathi priest of priests,

Marshal that great Skand on earth

Besides the ocean among the seas.            

25                 

So Am ĎOmí that sound supreme,

Of rituals Am prayer muted 

Himalayas high that kiss the skies.

26   

Iím the fig, the tree foremost

And so heavenly sage Narad,

Maestro divine Chitraradh Am

Besides Kapila, the sage attained.

27   

Uchhaisravas, Am horse foremost 

Nectar that was churned in seas

Airavat white, Indraís elephant  

Sovereign whoso crowns mankind.

28   

Vajrayudh Am weapon mighty

Kamadhenu the cow holy

Cupid who aids to sustain life

Vasuki the fierce king serpent.

29   

Itís Me Ananth of Nagas

Varun I am of aquatics,

Itís Me Aryama, mane of manes

Yama the ruler of beings.

30   

Prahlad Am, the demon godly

Among the reckoners, Iím the Time 

Itís Me lion, of wildlife all 

As well Garud that rules the skies.

31

Iím the wind that purifies all

Among the archers Ram Iím

I'm the shark that mighty fish

And the Ganges, ever in flow.

32

Hinge I am that holds all worlds

Source is Me of spiritual thought

Of Vedanta, Iím pro contra.

33   

Alpha Am of alphabets all

Likeness Iím in like compounds

Iím the time of endlessness 

Itís Me Brahma of four heads.

34       

Iím the death that devours all

As well brings forth that beings

Besides what makes womanís glory.

35   

Am Sama the grand octane 

Like none metre Gayathri, 

Margasir pleasant month I am

As well splendid spring season.

36   

Iím the splendour of splendrous

Besides fraud in dice as well

I'm the goodness in great souls

Effort that takes to succeed well. 

37   

Itís Me Vasudev of Yadavs   

Of the Pandavs thou art Me,

Know Am Vyasa of sages

Poet Laureate, Sukra great.

38   

Justice I'm in every court

Policy Am of all conquest,

Secret Iím of every mute

Wisdom Am of what is wise.

39   

Iím the seed of all beings

From Me apart none exists.  

40   

Endless are My attributes

This brief is for just thy grasp.

41   

All thatís glorious all therein

Is but spark of My splendour. 

42   

O dear friend need there none to delve in full  

Suffice to say itís portion Mine that supports all.

 

Ends thus:

Discern the Divine,

The Tenth Chapter

Of Bhagavad-Gita,

Treatise of self-help.

  

(cont...)

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