June 19, The Gita, A New Translation of Hindu Scripture by Irina N. Gajjar
Commentary and Chapter 10, God’s Glories
In Chapter 10 of The Gita, God describes Himself as the best essence of His creation and the cause of all that exists in the universe, leaving Arjun in awe.
Lord Krishna explains that not even the wisest people really understand the extent of His greatness and His power. They do not understand that He is the source of everything. Truth, wisdom, forgiveness, self control, happiness, unhappiness, bravery, fear, peacefulness, fame, and shame all emanate from Him. Yet the good know that the Lord has no birth and no beginning.
God continues saying that the great sages of the world were born because He willed them to be. The world moves because of Him and the wise and good worship Him and are happy because they know this to be true. In return, God gives them wisdom and pushes away darkness by shedding the light of truth upon them.
Arjun asks to know more about God’s glories and God says they are endless. He says He is in the heart of all living things and that he is their beginning, their middle and their end. He is the elite of beings and qualities.
The Lord tells us He is Vishnu (The Preserver), He is the sun and the wind, and He is the moon. He is Indra (the King of the gods). He is mind and energy. He is the destroyer and He is richness and fire. He is the tallest mountain, the chief priest, the strongest general, and the ocean. He is Om, the infinite, absolute spirit of God. Om is the most powerful word in Hindu philosophy. The phrase “Om Tat Sat” encapsulates the totality of Hindu belief. Om represents the highest energy that transcends existence and non-existence. Tat, literally meaning that in this context means God is reality. Sat means truth. Thus “Om Tat Sat” can be translated as God is the Truth, provided we appreciate the expansiveness of this concept.
The Lord further says He is the holiest of trees, the musician of heaven, and the wisest of men. He is the wonderful snow-white horse (named Ucchaisravas) born when the ocean was mixed with honey, the white elephant, the heavenly cow, and the cause of love and procreation. He is the snake god, the water god, and Yama, the god of death. He is time.
He is the lion of beasts, the Garuda of birds on whom Lord Vishnu rides, the alligator and the holy Ganges of rivers. He is the letter A. He keeps the world alive and He is death and the future. He is the feminine qualities of fame, richness, speech, memory, smartness, consistency and forgiveness. He is music, spring, victory, Arjun, and all of us. He is everything and He is endless. Nothing can exist without God. Just a fraction, a spark, of His splendor sustains the world.
See the beautiful descriptions of God’s glories in Chapter 10 below.
Chapter 10: God’s Glories
Bhagvan said: Arjun, listen to Me again. I talk to you because you love Me. I talk to you for your own good.
No one knows the secret of My power. Not even the wisest people know the secret of My origin. I, God, am the cause of everything in the universe.
I am God, the Lord of the world. I have no birth and no beginning. People who know this are good.
Everything comes from Me, only from Me, truth, wisdom, forgiveness, self control, happiness, unhappiness, bravery, fear, peacefulness, fame and shame all come from God.
All the great makers of the world were born because I wanted them to be. I started the world. The world moves because of Me. Wise, good people worship Me because of Me.
The wise think Me; give up their lives Me; each other about God and are happy because of Me.
I love those who worship Me and I give them wisdom. I live in their heart and push away darkness and shine the light of truth on them.
Arjun said to God: You are the great everlasting God. Saints say You are God and You are blessing me by telling me all about Yourself.
Krishna, I believe everything You tell me.
Oh Lord, how can I know You? How can I pray to You? How can I imagine You?
Please Krishna, tell me again exactly about Your strength and about Your glory because I can never stop wishing to hear more about You, Oh God.
Bhagvan said: Arjun, I will tell you more about my glories. They are endless.
Oh Arjun, I am in the heart of all living things. I am their beginning, their middle, and their end.
I am Vishnu. I am the sun and the wind. I am the moon.
I am Indra. I am the mind. I am energy.
I am what destroys things. I am richness. I am fire. I am the tallest of mountains.
I am the chief priest and the strongest general. I am the ocean. I am a mind reader. I am Om.
I am the holiest of trees, the musician of heaven, the wisest of men.
I am the horse that was born when the ocean was mixed with honey. I am the white elephant. I am the King.
Of weapons, I am the most powerful thunderbolt. I am the heavenly cow. I make men and women love each other and have children.
I am the snake god and the water god. I am Yama, the god of death. I am Time.
Of beasts, I am the lion and of birds, I am Garuda on whom Lord Vishnu rides.
I am the wind that purifies the air. I am Rama.
I am the alligator. Of rivers, I am the holy Ganges. I am the letter A. I keep the world alive. My face is on all sides. And I am death. And I am the future.
I am the feminine qualities of fame, richness, speech, memory, smartness, steadiness, and forgiveness.
I am divine songs and verses. I am spring. I am victory and I am the goodness in all that is goof. I am you, Arjun, of the Pandavas.
I am the secret keeper. I am truth in those who know. I am the seed of everything. Nothing alive or lifeless exists without Me.
Oh Arjun, there is no end to all that I am. There is no end to My divine forms.
Everything that is glorious or brilliant or strong is a spark of My brightness.
I stand and hold the whole world by just a spark of My magic.
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