Gita Saar, Chapter 10

Gita Saar

Chapter 10

(Ishwar Putra Arun)

Gitasaar

Gita Saar – In Gita chapter 7 Lord Krishna had enunciated the secrets of the most secret and fundamental of knowledge’s in the universe. Further in chapter 8, on being asked questions by Arjuna, the Lord had further elaborated on what he had been speaking of so that it could be better understood by Arjuna. Yet the Lord was not satisfied. He hankered to give the knowledge to Arjuna in more detail since Arjuna was a sincere devotee. The fact is that true seekers are few and far between and rarely does the Lord get the opportunity to enumerate this knowledge which is described as the King of all knowledge’s. The knowledge is also so potent and soul-stirring that both the speaker and listener are entranced by it. Thus Lord Krishna continues disseminating the same knowledge in more detail in chapter 10.

Chapter 10 starts with the Lord offering his appreciation to Arjuna for being a sincere, loyal and loving devotee and says to him that since Arjuna is such a sincere and genuine devotee , He – the Lord, will further elaborate that knowledge that is of utmost value and secrecy. The fact is that God is always eager to reveal the eternal truth to his sincere devotees. It is only that the sincere devotee is extremely rare. The Lord says to Arjuna-‘Hear me with full attention!’

Lord Krishna starts by saying that the person who has truly known Him as ‘Unborn’, ‘Without beginning or end’ and ‘The Lord of all worlds’; such a person is freed of all sin.

Lord Krishna says that He is the Lord and source of both the material and the spiritual worlds. All things are based and born out of Him. Even the power of discrimination and the power to take decisions rest in the Lord. Knowledge; forgiveness; truthfulness; control-of-senses; control-of-mind; happiness-sorrow; creation-destruction; fear-fearlessness; balance; non-violence; contentment; penance; charity; fame-infamy, all these varied things have their basis in the Lord.

The person that has realized that these attributes come from God, he is the one who is free of all bondage.

The Lord says to Arjuna that it is He who is the cause of creation and upon realizing this truth; the wise and discriminatory devotees worship only Him. These wise devotees who love the Lord, and who are constantly engaged in the remembrance of the Lord to the extent that they even offer their very life to the keeping of the Lord, such people spend their time and life with like-minded people, in the study and discussions about the nature of the Lord, His powers, effects and attributes. And they do so because they can’t but help loving God to the exclusion of everything else. They do it out of sheer love for the Lord. This is the only thing that satisfies them. It would not be wrong to say that these devotees are obsessed with the Lord and they can think of very little else.

Lord Krishna says to Arjuna that – to such people, I offer and provide, the one true knowledge that leads them straight to Me. To do them this benediction, what I do is that I enlighten within them, my own self that already exists and lies sleeping. When I light up my own self within them, the light that is produces, destroys the darkness that otherwise clouds the vision and wisdom of the average person.

Lord Krishna further says – “No-one, however advanced, not even the Gods, and neither the saints, know of my origin. The reason is that I am the creator and reason for existence of even the highest types of souls.” This is specifically mentioned in the 14th verse of chapter 10 which specifically says that-“Neither the Gods, nor the demons know Me.” The reason is that the gods are constantly engaged in pleasure seeking and the demons are engaged in demonic-self promoting activities. Even the great realized souls do not know the Lord in his entirety since, the qualities and attributes that they use to examine (look at) the Lord, are all derived from the Lord Himself. And how can the fruit ever know the tree fully? All attributes such as wisdom, energy, capability, position of excellence, influence etc are born out of the Lord Himself so using these attributes, the devotee can only know a limited aspect of God and never know the Lord in his true & complete nature. Just as a child can never know those things about his mother that happened before he was born, all that is created from the Lord can never know the Lord completely.

On hearing this Arjuna asks Lord Krishna that, if this is the case, then what is the way that he-Arjuna could come to know the Lord. He further asks- ‘What are those attributes, using which, I can come to know you?” He further asks the Lord to explain in full detail about the Yoga-Shakti of the Lord since He-Arjuna thirsts to hear the details of it since it is the only thing that is satisfying to him.
The Lord replies-“There is no end to my expansions and I will describe to you just a few of my main attributes.”

Then Lord Krishna describes in chapter 10, verses 20-40, His main divine attributes. The Lord concludes the description by saying that all things that are glorious, shining-bright, full of light, powerful etc derive their attributes from the Lord. There is no other source. The Lord further said that it was futile of the devotee to ask the Lord to describe Himself since it all that could be described was but a fraction of the yoga power of the Lord.