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Bhagavad Gita, Chapter 10: The Opulence of the Absolute

                         Chapter 10. The Opulence of the Absolute

Chapter 10, Verse 1.
The Supreme Lord said: My dear friend, mighty-armed Arjuna, listen again to My supreme word, which I shall impart to you for your benefit and which will give you great joy.

Chapter 10, Verse 2.
Neither the hosts of demigods nor the great sages know My origin, for, in every respect, I am the source of the demigods and the sages.

Chapter 10, Verse 3.
He who knows Me as the unborn, as the beginningless, as the Supreme Lord of all the worlds--he, undeluded among men, is freed from all sins.

Chapter 10, Verse 4-5.
Intelligence, knowledge, freedom from doubt and delusion, forgiveness, truthfulness, self-control and calmness, pleasure and pain, birth, death, fear, fearlessness, nonviolence, equanimity, satisfaction, austerity, charity, fame and infamy are created by Me alone.

Chapter 10, Verse 6.
The seven great sages and before them the four other great sages and the Manus [progenitors of mankind] are born out of My mind, and all creatures in these planets descend from them.

Chapter 10, Verse 7.
He who knows in truth this glory and power of Mine engages in unalloyed devotional service; of this there is no doubt.

Chapter 10, Verse 8.
I am the source of all spiritual and material worlds. Everything emanates from Me. The wise who know this perfectly engage in My devotional service and worship Me with all their hearts.

Chapter 10, Verse 9.
The thoughts of My pure devotees dwell in Me, their lives are surrendered to Me, and they derive great satisfaction and bliss enlightening one another and conversing about Me.

Chapter 10, Verse 10.
To those who are constantly devoted and worship Me with love, I give the understanding by which they can come to Me.

Chapter 10, Verse 11.
Out of compassion for them, I, dwelling in their hearts, destroy with the shining lamp of knowledge the darkness born of ignorance.

Chapter 10, Verse 12-13.
Arjuna said: You are the Supreme Brahman, the ultimate, the supreme abode and purifier, the Absolute Truth and the eternal divine person. You are the primal God, transcendental and original, and You are the unborn and all-pervading beauty. All the great sages such as Narada, Asita, Devala, and Vyasa proclaim this of You, and now You Yourself are declaring it to me.

Chapter 10, Verse 14.
O Krsna, I totally accept as truth all that You have told me. Neither the gods nor demons, O Lord, know Thy personality.

Chapter 10, Verse 15.
Indeed, You alone know Yourself by Your own potencies, O origin of all, Lord of all beings, God of gods, O Supreme Person, Lord of the universe!

Chapter 10, Verse 16.
Please tell me in detail of Your divine powers by which You pervade all these worlds and abide in them.

Chapter 10, Verse 17.
How should I meditate on You? In what various forms are You to be contemplated, O Blessed Lord?

Chapter 10, Verse 18.
Tell me again in detail, O Janardana [Krsna], of Your mighty potencies and glories, for I never tire of hearing Your ambrosial words.

Chapter 10, Verse 19.
The Blessed Lord said: Yes, I will tell you of My splendorous manifestations, but only of those which are prominent, O Arjuna, for My opulence is limitless.

Chapter 10, Verse 20.
I am the Self, ... seated in the hearts of all creatures. I am the beginning, the middle and the end of all beings.

(10,22.; of the senses I am the mind, and in living beings I am the living force [knowledge].

(10.24) ...and of bodies of water I am the ocean.

(10.25) ... of vibrations I am the transcendental om. Of sacrifices I am the chanting of the holy names [japa], and of immovable things I am the Himalayas.

(10.27) ...and among men I am the monarch.

(10.35)...of prayers i am the prayer of silence.

(10 38) ..... Of secret things I am silence, and of the wise I am wisdom.

Chapter 10, Verse 39.
Furthermore, O Arjuna, I am the generating seed of all existences. There is no being--moving or unmoving--that can exist without Me.

Chapter 10, Verse 40..., there is no end to My divine manifestations. What I have spoken to you is but a mere indication of My infinite opulences.

Chapter 10, Verse 41.
Know that all beautiful, glorious, and mighty creations spring from but a spark of My splendor.

Chapter 10, Verse 42.
But what need is there, Arjuna, for all this detailed knowledge? With a single fragment of Myself I pervade and support this entire universe.

Bhagavad Gita, Chapter 10: The Opulence of the Absolute

I am torn between two notions: 1) If you string enough words together you will eventually say something really stupid.  2) If you say too much some of your words may, by accident or grace, arrange themselves so as to reveal truth.  Mostly i prefer option 1), but i am a voluble person, full of words, noisy, a non-stop mouth barely connected to a brain.  I must remember that it it is not enough to proclaim the importance of silence.  It is better to be silent.  Silence, some wise person said, is the first language of the universe, or as the Bhagavad Gita suggests. the best prayer.

Let my silence speak louder (and truer) than words.
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