Chapter 10: The Opulence of the Absolute

Bhaktivedanta VedaBase: Bhagavad-gita As It Is 10.22

vedanam sama-vedo 'smi

devanam asmi vasavah

indriyanam manas casmi

bhutanam asmi cetana

SYNONYMS

vedanam -- of all the Vedas; sama-vedah -- the Sama Veda; asmi -- I am; devanam -- of all the demigods; asmi -- I am; vasavah -- the heavenly king; indriyanam -- of all the senses; manah -- the mind; ca -- also; asmi -- I am; bhutanam -- of all living entities; asmi -- I am; cetana -- the living force.

TRANSLATION

Of the Vedas I am the Sama Veda; of the demigods I am Indra, the king of heaven; of the senses I am the mind; and in living beings I am the living force [consciousness].

PURPORT

The difference between matter and spirit is that matter has no consciousness like the living entity; therefore this consciousness is supreme and eternal. Consciousness cannot be produced by a combination of matter.

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