Chapter 10: The Opulence of the Absolute

Bhaktivedanta VedaBase: Bhagavad-gītā As It Is 10.33

aksharānām a-kāro 'smi

dvandvah sāmāsikasya ca

aham evākshayah kālo

dhātāham viśvato-mukhah

SYNONYMS

aksharānām — of letters; a-kārah — the first letter; asmiI am; dvandvah — the dual; sāmāsikasya — of compounds; ca — and; ahamI am; eva — certainly; akshayah — eternal; kālah — time; dhātā — the creator; ahamI am; viśvatah-mukhahBrahmā.

TRANSLATION

Of letters I am the letter A, and among compound words I am the dual compound. I am also inexhaustible time, and of creators I am Brahmā.

PURPORT

A-kāra, the first letter of the Sanskrit alphabet, is the beginning of the Vedic literature. Without a-kāra, nothing can be sounded; therefore it is the beginning of sound. In Sanskrit there are also many compound words, of which the dual word, like rāma-krishna, is called dvandva. In this compound, the words rāma and krishna have the same form, and therefore the compound is called dual.

Among all kinds of killers, time is the ultimate because time kills everything. Time is the representative of Krishna because in due course of time there will be a great fire and everything will be annihilated.

Among the living entities who are creators, Brahmā, who has four heads, is the chief. Therefore he is a representative of the Supreme Lord, Krishna.

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