10:1: The Blessed One said: O mighty armed one, hear again My supreme word which, desiring your welfare, I will describe for your pleasure.
10:2: Neither the hosts of devas [gods] nor the great seers know My origin, for in every way I am the origin of both the devas and the great seers.
10:3: One who knows Me to be the unborn, beginningless God of all Worlds, and who is undeluded amongst mortals, is liberated from all sins.
10:4, 5: Intelligence, knowledge, the absence of delusion, forgiveness, truthfulness, self restraint, tranquility, happiness, suffering, birth, death, fear and fearlessness,
Nonviolence, equanimity, contentment, asceticism, charity, fame and infamy; all these various conditions for the living beings arise from Me.
10:6: The seven great seers, the four ancients and the Manus, having qualities like My own, were thus born from My mind. From them was born all these creatures in the world.
10:7: One who actually knows this divine opulence and yogic ability of Mine is connected by steadfast yoga, of this there is no doubt.
10:8: I am the origin of all; from Me all things spring forth. Knowing this, those who are intelligent worship Me with strong emotions.
10:9: With their minds absorbed in Me and their lives fully devoted to Me, they share their knowledge of Me with one another and are thus always satisfied and delighted.
10:10, 11: To those who are always yoked to My worship with loving devotion I bestow the intelligence by which they may approach Me.
Being established within their hearts, out of compassion I destroy the darkness which is born of ignorance by the luminous lamp of knowledge.
10:12, 13: Arjuna said: You are the Supreme Brahman, the Highest Abode, the Ultimate Purifier, the Eternal Person, the Divine Primeval God, unborn and all pervading!
All the seers describe You thus, including the divine rishi Narada, Asitah, Devala and Vyasa, and now You confirm it to me Yourself.
10:14, 15: I accept as truth everything You are telling me, O Keshava. O Blessed One, Your manifestations are not even understood by the devas or danavas.
O Supreme Person, You alone know Yourself by Yourself, O Source of all beings, Master of all beings, God of gods and Ruler of the universe!
10:16 - 18: Please describe in detail Your divine opulences by which You abide, pervading all the worlds.
Always contemplating, how will I know You, O Supreme Yogi. In which of Your diverse aspects should I think of You, O Blessed One.
O Janardana, please describe your yogic abilities and opulences in detail once again. I am never satiated by hearing this, indeed, it is my nectar.
10:19 - 41: The Blessed One said: Behold! Unto you I will enunciate My divine opulences, but only those which are prominent. O best of the Kurus, there is no limit to the extent of My divine opulences.
O Gudakesha, I am the Self situated within the hearts of All living beings. I am the beginning, middle and the end of all livings beings.
Of the Adityas I am Vishnu; of lights I am the radiant sun. Of the Maruts I am Marici; of the stars I am the moon.
Of the Vedas I am the Sama Veda. Of the gods I am Indra, king of heaven. Of the senses I am the mind and I am the consciousness of all living beings.
Of the Rudras I am Lord Shiva, of the Yaksas and Raksasas I am Kubera, the God of wealth. Of the Vasus I am Pavakah and of the mountains I am Meru.
O child of Partha, of household priests know Me to be Brihaspati the chief. Of commanders I am Skanda, of bodies of water I am the ocean.
Of the great sages I am Bhrigu. Of speech I am the single syllable Om. Of sacrifices I am the recitation of Holy Names, of immovable objects I am the Himalayas.
Of all trees I am the sacred Banyan; of divine seers I am Narada. Of the Gandharvas I am Citraratha; of those who are perfect I am Kapila Muni.
Of horses know Me to be the nectar-born Uccaihshrava. Of lordly elephants I am Airavata and among human beings I am the supreme potentate.
Of weapons I am the thunderbolt; of cows I am the cow of plenty; of progenitors I am Kandarpa and of serpents I am Vasuki.
Among the Nagas I am Ananta, of those whose dwell in the waters I am Varuna. Of the Pitris I am Aryama and of the controllers I am Yama.
Of daityas I am Prahlada; of those who calculate I am time; among animals I am the lion and I am Garuda among birds.
Of purifiers I am the wind; of those who wield weapons I am Rama; among fish I am the shark, and of rivers I am the Ganges.
Of all things created I am the beginning, middle and end, O Arjuna. Of learning I am knowledge of the self; of those who debate I am the assertion.
Of letters I am the 'A' and of compound words I am the dual [dvandva]. I am imperishable time, and the all-seeing Creator.
I am all-devouring death and the generation of all things to be in the future. Of the feminine qualities I am fame, fortune, speech, memory, intelligence, firmness and forgiveness.
Of the hymns contained within the Sama Veda I am the Brihat-Sama. Of all rhythms I am the Gayatri hymns; Among the months I am November/December and of the seasons I am the flower-blooming spring.
I am the gambling of cheaters; I am the brilliance of all things brilliant; I am victory; I am endeavor and I am the virtue of the virtuous.
Among the descendants of Vrishni I am Vasudeva; of the Pandavas I am Arjuna; of the sages I am Vyasa; of intelligent men I am the wise Ushana.
Of those who inflict punishment I am the rod; I am the guidance of those who seek victory, and I am the silence of all secrets; I am the knowledge of those who know.
I am that which is the seed of all beings, O Arjuna. No created being, be it moving or non moving, exists without Me.
There is no end to My divine opulences, O Parantapa. These are given as examples only, because there is no limit to My amplitude.
Whatever creation possesses opulence, prosperity or power, know for certain that it arises from but a spark of My splendor.
10:42: O Arjuna, what is the benefit of all this knowledge? With a mere fragment of Myself I am supporting this entire universe.
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