Bhagvad-Gita: Treatise of Self-help
Author: BS Murthy

Chapter 11
Discern the Divine Chapter 10

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 ‘Glory of the Supreme Spirit’, it is interesting to note that He’s 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 ’n 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 ’n elders four 
Not to mention sovereign fourteen.

7  
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.

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 ’n God Primeval.

13  
That’s how sages down the ages 
Narada foremost described Thee, 
Affirmed Asita, Devala ’n Vyasa 
All of that now Thou confirm.

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 ’n attributes of Thyself.

19  
Thus spoke the Lord:
Of all countless Glories Mine 
Suffice thee knew a few of them.

20  
I’m the Self of one and all
I’m 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  
It’s 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  
It’s Me Bruhaspathi priest of priests, 
Marshal that great Skand on earth
Besides the ocean among the seas. 

25

Bhrugur I am the well-realized 
So Am ‘Om’ that sound supreme, 
Of rituals Am prayer muted  
Himalayas high that kiss the skies.

26  
I’m 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, Indra’s 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  
It’s Me Ananth of Nagas
Varun I am of aquatics, 
It’s Me Aryama, mane of manes
Yama the ruler of beings.

30  
Prahlad Am, the demon godly
Among the reckoners, I’m the Time  
It’s Me lion, of wildlife all  
As well Garud that rules the skies.

31 
I’m the wind that purifies all
Among the archers Ram I’m 
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, I’m pro contra.

33  
Alpha Am of alphabets all 
Likeness I’m in like compounds 
I’m the time of endlessness  
It’s Me Brahma of four heads.

34 
I’m the death that devours all
As well brings forth that beings
Besides what makes woman’s glory.

35  
Am Sama the grand octane  
Like none metre Gayathri,  
Margasir pleasant month I am
As well splendid spring season.

36  
I’m the splendour of splendrous
Besides fraud in dice as well
I'm the goodness in great souls
Effort that takes to succeed well.

37  
It’s 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 I’m of every mute
Wisdom Am of what is wise.

39  
I’m the seed of all beings 
From Me apart none exists.  

40  
Endless are My attributes 
This brief is for just thy grasp.

41  
All that’s glorious all therein
Is but spark of My splendour.

42  
O dear friend need there none to delve in full   
Suffice to say it’s portion Mine that supports all.

Ends thus: 
Discern the Divine,
The Tenth Chapter 
Of Bhagavad-Gita,
Treatise of self-help.

 

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