The Bhagavad Gita – Capsule 10

The Bhagavad Gita in Capsules – Chapter 10

The book “The Prasthānatraya – An Introduction” by Revered Swami Harshananda, President of Ramakrishna Math, Bengaluru was published in 2001. The Swami has bestowed on us a summary of the 18 chapters of the Bhagavad Gita of Lord Krishna. I bow my head in reverence and in praise of Swamiji and pray for his blessings in my taking the liberty of retyping the summary from the book and posting it in my blog.

This is the Summary of the tenth chapter, Vibhūti Yoga


Srīkrishna devotes this chapter almost entirely to the delineation of his divine manifestations.

None – not even the various gods nor the sages – knows hsi greatness. All the great virtues have come out of him. The seven sages and the four Manus (progenitors of mankind) have originated from him. Men of wisdom worship him as the origin and energizer of the whole universe.

Such devoted persons take pleasure in mutually conversing about him. To such persons, the Lord gives buddhiyoga or spiritual wisdom by which they attain him.

At this point Arjuna praises Srīkrishna as Parabrahman, supreme light and purity. Recognizing his divinity, Arjuna prays to him to enlighten him about his various manifestations in detail.

Srīkrishna in reply says that he is the Self in the hearts of all beings.He is Vishnu, Sūrya, Marīchi and Chandra. He is the Sāmaveda among the Vedas, Indra among the gods and consciousness in the living beings. He is Rudra, Kubera and Agni. He is Brhaspati, Bhrgu, Omkāra and japayajna. He is Meru and Himālayas. He is Nārada, Ananta, Varuna, Yama as also Prahlāda and Rāma. He is spiritual knowledge and all-devouring death. He is Arjuna among the Pāndavas.

In fact, he is the essence of all that is good or great and the whole universe, has been supported by a part of his glory.


Courtesy: Swami Harshananda  (emphases, if any, are mine. – nytanaya)

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