Personality of Godhead said: Listen again, O mighty-armed Arjuna. Because
you are My dear friend, for your benefit I shall speak to you further,
giving knowledge that is better than what I have already explained.
hosts of demigods nor the great sages know My origin or opulences, for,
in every respect, I am the source of the demigods and sages.
He who knows
Me as the unborn, as the beginningless, as the Supreme Lord of all the
worlds -- he only, undeluded among men, is freed from all sins.
knowledge, freedom from doubt and delusion, forgiveness, truthfulness,
control of the senses, control of the mind, happiness and distress, birth,
death, fear, fearlessness, nonviolence, equanimity, satisfaction, austerity,
charity, fame and infamy -- all these various qualities of living beings
are created by Me alone.
great sages and before them the four other great sages and the Manus [progenitors
of mankind] come from Me, born from My mind, and all the living beings
populating the various planets descend from them.
One who is
factually convinced of this opulence and mystic power of Mine engages in
unalloyed devotional service; of this there is no doubt.
I am the source
of all spiritual and material worlds. Everything emanates from Me. The
wise who perfectly know this engage in My devotional service and worship
Me with all their hearts.
of My pure devotees dwell in Me, their lives are fully devoted to My service,
and they derive great satisfaction and bliss from always enlightening one
another and conversing about Me.
To those who
are constantly devoted to serving Me with love, I give the understanding
by which they can come to Me.
To show them
special mercy, I, dwelling in their hearts, destroy with the shining lamp
of knowledge the darkness born of ignorance.
You are the Supreme Personality of Godhead, the ultimate abode, the purest,
the Absolute Truth. You are the eternal, transcendental, original person,
the unborn, the greatest. All the great sages such as Narada, Asita, Devala
and Vyasa confirm this truth about You, and now You Yourself are declaring
it to me.
I totally accept as truth all that You have told me. Neither the demigods
nor the demons, O Lord, can understand Your personality.
alone know Yourself by Your own internal potency, O Supreme Person, origin
of all, Lord of all beings, God of gods, Lord of the universe!
me in detail of Your divine opulences by which You pervade all these worlds.
O supreme mystic, how shall I constantly think of You, and how shall I
know You? In what various forms are You to be remembered, O Supreme Personality
again please describe in detail the mystic power of Your opulences. I am
never satiated in hearing about You, for the more I hear the more I want
to taste the nectar of Your words.
Personality of Godhead said: Yes, I will tell you of My splendorous manifestations,
but only of those which are prominent, O Arjuna, for My opulence is limitless.
I am the Supersoul,
O Arjuna, seated in the hearts of all living entities. I am the beginning,
the middle and the end of all beings.
Of the Adityas
I am Vishnu, of lights I am the radiant sun, of the Maruts I am Marici,
and among the stars I am the moon.
Of the Vedas
I am the Sama Veda; of the demigods I am Indra, the king of heaven; of
the senses I am the mind; and in living beings I am the living force [consciousness].
Of all the
Rudras I am Lord Shiva, of the Yaksas and Raksasas I am the Lord of wealth
[Kuvera], of the Vasus I am fire [Agni], and of mountains I am Meru.
O Arjuna, know Me to be the chief, Brhaspati. Of generals I am Kartikeya,
and of bodies of water I am the ocean.
Of the great
sages I am Bhrgu; of vibrations I am the transcendental om. Of sacrifices
I am the chanting of the holy names [japa], and of immovable things I am
Of all trees
I am the banyan tree, and of the sages among the demigods I am Narada.
Of the Gandharvas I am Citraratha, and among perfected beings I am the
know Me to be Uccaihsrava, produced during the churning of the ocean for
nectar. Of lordly elephants I am Airavata, and among men I am the monarch.
I am the thunderbolt; among cows I am the surabhi. Of causes for procreation
I am Kandarpa, the god of love, and of serpents I am Vasuki.
Of the many-hooded
Nagas I am Ananta, and among the aquatics I am the demigod Varuna. Of departed
ancestors I am Aryama, and among the dispensers of law I am Yama, the lord
Daitya demons I am the devoted Prahlada, among subduers I am time, among
beasts I am the lion, and among birds I am Garuda.
I am the wind, of the wielders of weapons I am Rama, of fishes I am the
shark, and of flowing rivers I am the Ganges.
Of all creations
I am the beginning and the end and also the middle, O Arjuna. Of all sciences
I am the spiritual science of the self, and among logicians I am the conclusive
I am the letter A, and among compound words I am the dual compound. I am
also inexhaustible time, and of creators I am Brahma.
I am all-devouring
death, and I am the generating principle of all that is yet to be. Among
women I am fame, fortune, fine speech, memory, intelligence, steadfastness
Of the hymns
in the Sama Veda I am the Brhat-sama, and of poetry I am the Gayatri. Of
months I am Margasirsa [November-December], and of seasons I am flower-bearing
I am also
the gambling of cheats, and of the splendid I am the splendor. I am victory,
I am adventure, and I am the strength of the strong.
Of the descendants
of Vrsni I am Vasudeva, and of the Pandavas I am Arjuna. Of the sages I
am Vyasa, and among great thinkers I am Usana.
means of suppressing lawlessness I am punishment, and of those who seek
victory I am morality. Of secret things I am silence, and of the wise I
am the wisdom.
O Arjuna, I am the generating seed of all existences. There is no being
-- moving or nonmoving -- that can exist without Me.
O mighty conqueror
of enemies, there is no end to My divine manifestations. What I have spoken
to you is but a mere indication of My infinite opulences.
all opulent, beautiful and glorious creations spring from but a spark of
But what need
is there, Arjuna, for all this detailed knowledge? With a single fragment
of Myself I pervade and support this entire universe.
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