Proper Understanding of The Bhagavad Gita – Part 88

दण्डो दमयतामस्मि नीतिरस्मि जिगीषताम् |
मौनं चैवास्मि गुह्यानां ज्ञानं ज्ञानवतामहम् || 38||

daṇḍo damayatām asmi nītir asmi jigīṣhatām
maunaṁ chaivāsmi guhyānāṁ jñānaṁ jñānavatām aham

The Bhagavad Gita Chapter 10 Verse 38

General Meaning:

Of the all the controllers I am the controlling power. I am the right policy of the people desirous of victory. Of all the secrets, I am the silence of all the scholars, I am the knowledge.


The creative power of God is known as the Creator. The sustaining and maintaining Energy of God is known as the Maintainer. The dissolution energy of God is known as the Destroyer. These 3 are the source of all the energies, minor and major. The origin and source of all energies can be traced back to the one and the only one, the spirit, God. This is what Lord  Krishna is describing in detail in this and other verses of this chapter. It is the pure unadulterated, impartial Energy. The differentiation appears to be with different uses of the same power. Nothing exists which is not God’s Energy. The ordinary restless mind does not realize it. Sincere yogis with faith, through right meditation, realize this in their heart and go beyond all sufferings. If one can realize this, that God is everywhere always. He feels God all the time and God feels him all the time.

यच्चापि सर्वभूतानां बीजं तदहमर्जुन |
न तदस्ति विना यत्स्यान्मया भूतं चराचरम् || 39||

yach chāpi sarva-bhūtānāṁ bījaṁ tad aham arjuna
na tad asti vinā yat syān mayā bhūtaṁ charācharam

The Bhagavad Gita Chapter 10 Verse 39

General Meaning:

O Arjuna, I am, That, which is the seed of all beings, There is no being, that can exists without Me.


The source of creation of all beings also is the Energy of God. No beings whether movable or immovable can exist without God.

नान्तोऽस्ति मम दिव्यानां विभूतीनां परन्तप |
एष तूद्देशत: प्रोक्तो विभूतेर्विस्तरो मया || 40||

nānto ’sti mama divyānāṁ vibhūtīnāṁ parantapa
eṣha tūddeśhataḥ prokto vibhūter vistaro mayā

The Bhagavad Gita Chapter 10 Verse 40

General Meaning:

O, Destroyer of Enemies, there is no end of My Divine Glories. This is a brief description of the extent of My Divine Glories.


God is Infinite, Omnipotent, Omniscient, and Omnipresent. His extent is endless and beginning-less. It can never be described or discussed in full or complete. Description of all these glories in this chapter is only a brief report.

यद्यद्विभूतिमत्सत्वं श्रीमदूर्जितमेव वा |
तत्देवावगच्छ त्वं मम तेजोंऽशसम्भवम् || 41||

yad yad vibhūtimat sattvaṁ śhrīmad ūrjitam eva vā
tat tad evāvagachchha tvaṁ mama tejo ’nśha-sambhavam

The Bhagavad Gita Chapter 10 Verse 41

General Meaning:

Whatever, whatever objects and beings of extraordinary energies, shining power, prosperity, and good fortune are manifestations of a fraction of My Energies and Glories, Remember this.


The source of all prosperity, good fortune success; shining personality, brilliance, power possessions is the power of God, a fraction of it when people forget it, they become a victim of worry, anxiety, tension, egoism, arrogance, fear, and stress. If they remember it, they become self-realized and ever happy.

अथवा बहुनैतेन किं ज्ञातेन तवार्जुन |
विष्टभ्याहमिदं कृत्स्नमेकांशेन स्थितो जगत् || 42||

atha vā bahunaitena kiṁ jñātena tavārjuna
viṣhṭabhyāham idaṁ kṛitsnam ekānśhena sthito jagat

The Bhagavad Gita Chapter 10 Verse 42

General Meaning:

On the other hand Arjuna, there is no need for you to know all these details. I exist absolutely, supporting the whole universe, by the fraction of Myself.


No one can ever know too much, about the glories of God which is endless. So Lord Krishna is advising Arjuna not to waste time in too much theoretical information, because it is futile. As per the yoga scriptures, Vedanta and Upanishads, God is unknown and unknowable. He can be perceived in the heart only through Yoga Meditations.

iti srimad bhagavad gitaasu upanishatsu brahmavidyaayaam
yogasaastre sri krishnaarjuna samvaade purushottamayogo naama dasamo adhyaayah”

Thus ends the 10th chapter of the yoga scripture, Upanishads, Bhagavad Gita, dealing with knowledge of Brahmam and the yoga of God’s Glories. Dear Divine Friends, study this chapter as a habit daily and you will never feel the absence of God and His blessings and the knowledge that God is always looking after you.

May God and Guru Bless, Guide, Protect and Inspire each one of us and the Whole Universe.

With Love and Best Wishes,
Paramahansa Atmananda Ji

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