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Bhagavad Gita Chapter Ten: The Yoga of Divine Glories

The Bhagavad Gita, the Song of God
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The Holy Lord said:

Once more hear from me the supreme word which I speak to you, who are beloved, with the desire for your welfare. (10:1)

Neither the multitude of gods nor the great seers (rishis) know my origin. In truth I am the universal source of the gods and the great seers. (10:2)

He who knows me as birthless and beginningless, the mighty Lord of the world–he among mortals is undeluded and freed from all evils. (10:3)

Intelligence, knowledge, non-delusion, forbearance, truthfulness, self-restraint, equanimity, happiness, suffering, birth, death, fear, and fearlessness, (10:4)

Non-injury, impartiality, contentment, tapasya, almsgiving, both good repute and ill repute: these manifold conditions of beings arise from me alone. (10:5)

In the past the ancient Seven Great Rishis and Four Manus, from whom have sprung these earthly beings, originated from me, born of my mind. (10:6)

He who knows in truth this my manifested glory and power is united with me by unwavering yoga–of this there is no doubt. (10:7)

I am the origin of all; from me everything proceeds–thinking thus, the wise, endowed with meditation, worship me. (10:8)

With minds and lives intent on me, enlightening one another, and speaking of me constantly, they are content and rejoice in me. (10:9)

To them, the constantly steadfast, worshipping me with affection, I bestow the buddhi yoga by which they come to me. (10:10)

Out of compassion for them, I, abiding in their own Selves, destroy the darkness born of ignorance by the shining lamp of knowledge. (10:11)

Arjuna said:

You are the Supreme Brahman, the Supreme Abode, the Supreme Purifier, the Divine Eternal Spirit, the First God, the Birthless and All-pervading. (10:12)

Thus do all the sages declare you: the Divine Sage Narada, Asita, Devala, and Vyasa. And you yourself say it to me. (10:13)

All this which you say to me I believe is true. Truly, Lord God (Bhagavan), neither the gods nor the demons know your manifestation. (10:14)

For you alone know yourself by yourself, O you, the Purushottama: bestowing welfare on all beings, Lord of Beings, God of gods, Lord of the universe. (10:15)

Please describe completely your divine self-manifestations by which manifestations you pervade the worlds and abide in them. (10:16)

How may I know you, O Yogi, constantly meditating on you? And in what aspects of your Being are you to be thought of by me, O Bhagavan? (10:17)

Explain to me further in detail your powers and manifestations. I am never satiated with hearing your amrita-like words. (10:18)

The Holy Lord said:

Listen! I shall recount to you my truly divine self-manifestations–only the most prominent because there is no end to my extent. (10:19)

I am the Self abiding in the heart of all beings; I am the beginning, the middle and the end of all beings as well. (10:20)

Of the Adityas I am Vishnu; of luminaries the radiant Sun; of the Maruts I am Marichi; among the stars I am the Moon. (10:21)

Of the Vedas I am the Sama Veda; of the gods I am Indra; of the senses I am the mind; in all beings I am consciousness. (10:22)

Of the Rudras I am Shankara (Shiva); of the yakshas and rakshasas* I am Kubera; of the Vasus I am Pavaka [Agni]; and of mountains I am Meru. (10:23)

Of priests know me to be the chief, Brihaspati; of commanders of armies I am Skanda; of bodies of water I am the ocean. (10:24)

Of the great Rishis I am Bhrigu; of words I am Om; of sacrifices I am japa; of immovables I am the Himalayas. (10:25)

Of trees I am the ashwattha; of divine seers I am Narada; of the gandharvas I am Chitraratha; among the siddhas I am the sage Kapila. (10:26)

Of horses know me to be Uchchaishravas who was produced from the amrita; of princely elephants I am Airavata; and among men I am the king. (10:27)

Of weapons I am the Thunderbolt of Indra; of cows I am Kamadhenu; of procreators I am Kamadeva; of serpents I am Vasuki. (10:28)

Of Nagas I am Ananta; of water beings Varuna; of Ancestors I am Aryaman; of subduers I am Yama. (10:29)

Of Daityas I am Prahlada; among measurers I am Time; of animals I am the lion; of birds I am Garuda. (10:30)

Of purifiers I am the wind; of warriors I am Rama; of sea creatures I am the dolphin; of rivers I am the Ganges. (10:31)

Of creations I am the beginning, the middle and the end; of knowledge, the knowledge of the Self; of debaters I am logic. (10:32)

Of letters I am the letter A; of compounds I am the dual; I am infinite Time; I am the Sustainer, the Omniscient. (10:33)

I am all-devouring death and the origin of those events that are to be. Among feminine qualities I am fame, prosperity, speech, memory, mental vigor, courage and endurance. (10:34)

Of chants I am the Brihatsaman; of meters I am Gayatri; of months I am Margashirsha; of seasons I am Spring. (10:35)

I am the gambling skill of the fraudulent, the splendor of the splendorous; I am victory and effort; I am the sattwa of the sattwic. (10:36)

Of the Vrishnis I am Krishna; of the Pandavas I am Arjuna; of the sages I am Vyasa; of the poets I am Ushanas. (10:37)

I am the power of rulers, I am the strategy of the ambitious, of secrets I am silence, the knowledge of knowers am I. (10:38)

Also I am that which is the seed of all beings. There is nothing that could exist without existing through me–neither animate nor inanimate. (10:39)

There is no end to my divine manifestations. But this has been declared by me to exemplify the extent of my manifestations. (10:40)

Whatever is glorious or prosperous or powerful, in every instance understand that it springs from but a fraction of my radiant Power. (10:41)

But what is this extensive knowledge to you? I ever support this whole world by just one portion of myself. (10:42)

* In this verse, “yakshas and rakshasas” refers to the benevolent, semidivine beings.

Om Tat Sat

Thus in the Upanishads of the glorious Bhagavad Gita, the science of the Eternal, the scripture of Yoga, the dialogue between Sri Krishna and Arjuna, ends the tenth discourse entitled: The Yoga of Divine Glories.

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Chapters for The Bhagavad Gita–The Song of God

Introduction: The Bhagavad Gita–The Book of Life

  1. Bhagavad Gita Chapter One: The Yoga of the Despondency of Arjuna
  2. Bhagavad Gita Chapter Two: Sankhya Yoga
  3. Bhagavad Gita Chapter Three: The Yoga of Action
  4. Bhagavad Gita Chapter Four: The Yoga of Wisdom
  5. Bhagavad Gita Chapter Five: The Yoga of Renunciation of Action
  6. Bhagavad Gita Chapter Six: The Yoga of Meditation
  7. Bhagavad Gita Chapter Seven: The Yoga of Wisdom and Realization
  8. Bhagavad Gita Chapter Eight: The Yoga of Imperishable Brahman
  9. Bhagavad Gita Chapter Nine: The Yoga of the Royal Science and Royal Secret
  10. Bhagavad Gita Chapter Ten: The Yoga of Divine Glories
  11. Bhagavad Gita Chapter Eleven: The Yoga of the Vision of the Cosmic Form
  12. Bhagavad Gita Chapter Twelve: The Yoga of Devotion
  13. Bhagavad Gita Chapter Thirteen: The Yoga of the Distinction Between the Field and the Knower of the Field
  14. Bhagavad Gita Chapter Fourteen: The Yoga of the Division of the Three Gunas
  15. Bhagavad Gita Chapter Fifteen: The Yoga of the Supreme Spirit
  16. Bhagavad Gita Chapter Sixteen: The Yoga of the Division between the Divine and the Demonic
  17. Bhagavad Gita Chapter Seventeen: The Yoga of the Division of Threefold Faith
  18. Bhagavad Gita Chapter Eighteen: The Yoga of Liberation by Renunciation

Also: The Bhagavad Gita Arranged for Singing

  1. The Bhagavad Gita—Chapter 1: The Yoga of the Despondency of Arjuna
  2. The Bhagavad Gita—Chapter 2: Sankhya Yoga
  3. The Bhagavad Gita—Chapter 3: The Yoga of Action
  4. The Bhagavad Gita—Chapter 4: The Yoga of Wisdom
  5. The Bhagavad Gita—Chapter 5: The Yoga of Renunciation of Action
  6. The Bhagavad Gita—Chapter 6: The Yoga of Meditation
  7. The Bhagavad Gita—Chapter 7: The Yoga of Wisdom and Realization
  8. The Bhagavad Gita—Chapter 8: The Yoga of Imperishable Brahman
  9. The Bhagavad Gita—Chapter 9: The Yoga of the Kingly Science and Kingly Secret
  10. The Bhagavad Gita—Chapter 10: The Yoga of Divine Glories
  11. The Bhagavad Gita—Chapter 11: The Yoga of the Vision of the Cosmic Form
  12. The Bhagavad Gita—Chapter 12: The Yoga of Devotion
  13. The Bhagavad Gita—Chapter 13: The Yoga of the Distinction Between the Field and the Knower of the Field
  14. The Bhagavad Gita—Chapter 14: The Yoga of the Division of the Three Gunas
  15. The Bhagavad Gita—Chapter 15: The Yoga of the Supreme Spirit
  16. The Bhagavad Gita—Chapter 16: The Yoga of the Division between the Divine and the Demoniacal
  17. The Bhagavad Gita—Chapter 17: The Yoga of the Division of Threefold Faith
  18. The Bhagavad Gita—Chapter 18: The Yoga of Liberation by Renunciation

Read about the meanings of unfamiliar terms in A Brief Sanskrit Glossary

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