Despondency of Arjuna
Karma Yoga -
Path of Action
- Path of Wisdom
Renunciation of Action
Mystery of Mysteries
- The Path of Love
The Lord -
|TEN: THE DIVINE MANIFESTATIONS
“Lord Shri Krishna said: Now, O Prince! Listen to My supreme advice,
which I give thee for
the sake of thy welfare, for thou art My beloved.
Neither the professors of divinity nor the great ascetics know My
origin, for I am the
source of them all.
He who knows Me as the unborn, without beginning, the Lord of the
stripped of his delusion, becomes free from all conceivable sin.
Intelligence, wisdom, non-illusion, forgiveness, truth, self-control,
pain, birth, death, fear and fearlessness;
Harmlessness, equanimity, contentment, austerity, beneficence, fame and
failure, all these,
the characteristics of beings, spring from Me only.
The seven Great Seers,* the Progenitors of mankind, the Ancient Four,**
Lawgivers were born of My Will and come forth direct from Me. The race
of mankind has
sprung from them.
[* Mareechi, Atri, Angira, Pulah, Kratu, Pulastya, Vahishta.
** The Masters: Sanak, Sanandan, Sanatan, Sanatkumar.]
He who rightly understands My manifested glory and My Creative Power,
attains perfect peace.
I am the source of all; from Me everything flows. Therefore the wise
worship Me with
With minds concentrated on Me, with lives absorbed in Me, and
enlightening each other,
they ever feel content and happy.
To those who are always devout and who worship Me with love, I give the
discrimination, which leads them to Me.
By My grace, I live in their hearts; and I dispel the darkness of
ignorance by the shining
light of wisdom.
Arjuna asked: Thou art the Supreme Spirit, the Eternal Home, the Holiest
of the Holy, the
Eternal Divine Self, the Primal God, the Unborn and the Omnipresent.
So have said the seers and the divine sage Narada; as well as Asita,
Devala and Vyasa; and
Thou Thyself also sayest it.
I believe in what Thou hast said, my Lord! For neither the godly not the
comprehend Thy manifestation.
Thou alone knowest Thyself, by the power of Thy Self; Thou the Supreme
Source and Master of all being, the Lord of Lords, the Ruler of the
Please tell me all about Thy glorious manifestations, by
means of which Thou pervadest
O Master! How shall I, by constant meditation, know Thee? My Lord! What
various manifestations through which I am to mediate on Thee?
Tell me again, I pray, about the fullness of Thy power and Thy glory;
for I feel that I am
never satisfied when I listen to Thy immortal words.
Lord Shri Krishna replied: So be it, My beloved fried! I will unfold to
thee some of the chief
aspects of My glory. Of its full extent there is no end.
O Arjuna! I am the Self, seated in the hearts of all beings; I am the
beginning and the life,
and I am the end of them all.
Of all the creative Powers I am the Creator, of luminaries the Sun; the
the winds, and the Moon among planets.
Of the Vedas I am the Hymns, I am the Electric Force in the Powers of
Nature; of the
senses I am the Mind; and I am the Intelligence in all that lives.
Among Forces of Vitality I am the life, I am Mammon to the heathen and
the godless; I am
the Energy in fire, earth, wind, sky, heaven, sun, moon and planets; and
I am the Mount Meru.
Among the priests, know, O Arjuna, that I am the Apostle Brihaspati; of
generals I am
Skanda, the Commander-in-Chief, and of waters I am the Ocean.
Of the great seers I am Bhrigu, of words I am Om, of offerings I am the
among things immovable I am the Himalayas.
Of trees I am the sacred Fig-tree, of the Divine Seers Narada, of the
heavenly singers I am
Chitraratha, their Leader, and of sages I am Kapila.
Know that among horses I am Pegasus, the heaven-born; among the lordly
elephants I am
the White one, and I am the Ruler among men.
I am the Thunderbolt among weapons; of cows I am the Cow of Plenty, I am
those who procreate, and I am the Cobra among serpents.
I am the King-python among snakes, I am the Aqueous Principle among
those that live in
water, I am the Father of fathers, and among rulers I am Death.
And I am the devotee Prahlad among the heathen; of Time I am the Eternal
Present; I am
the Lion among beasts and the Eagle among birds.
I am the Wind among purifiers, the King Rama among warriors; I am the
among the fishes, and I am the Ganges among rivers.
I am the Beginning, the Middle and the End in creation; among sciences,
I am the science
of Spirituality; I am the Discussion among disputants.
Of letters I am A; I am the copulative in compound words; I am Time
I am the all-pervading Preserver.
I am all-devouring Death; I am the Origin of all that shall happen; I am
Speech, Memory, Intellect, Constancy and Forgiveness.
Of hymns I am Brihatsama, of metres I am Garatri, among the months I am
Margasheersha (December), and I am the Spring among seasons.
I am the Gambling of the cheat and the Splendour of the splendid; I am
Victory; I am
Effort; and I am the Purity of the pure.
I am Shri Krishna among the Vishnu-clan and Arjuna among the Pandavas;
of the saints
I am Vyasa, and I am Shukracharya among the sages.
I am the Sceptre of rulers, the Strategy of the conquerors, the Silence
of mystery, the
Wisdom of the wise.
I am the Seed of all being, O Arjuna! No creature moving or unmoving can
O Arjuna! The aspects of My divine life are endless. I have mentioned
but a few by way of
Whatever is glorious, excellent, beautiful and mighty, be assured that
it comes from a
fragment of My splendour.
But what is the use of all these details to thee? O Arjuna! I sustain
this universe with only
small part of Myself.”
Thus, in the Holy Book the Bhagavad Gita, one of the Upanishads, in the
Science of the Supreme
Spirit, in the Art of Self-Knowledge, in the colloquy between the Divine
Lord Shri Krishna and the
Prince Arjuna, stands the tenth chapter, entitled: The Divine