Chapter 10: The Opulence of the Absolute

Bhaktivedanta VedaBase: Bhagavad-gītā As It Is 10.36

dyūtam chalayatām asmi

tejas tejasvinām aham

jayo 'smi vyavasāyo 'smi

sattvam sattvavatām aham

SYNONYMS

dyūtam — gambling; chalayatām — of all cheats; asmiI am; tejah — the splendor; tejasvinām — of everything splendid; ahamI am; jayah — victory; asmiI am; vyavasāyah — enterprise or adventure; asmiI am; sattvam — the strength; sattva-vatām — of the strong; ahamI am.

TRANSLATION

I am also the gambling of cheats, and of the splendid I am the splendor. I am victory, I am adventure, and I am the strength of the strong.

PURPORT

There are many kinds of cheaters all over the universe. Of all cheating processes, gambling stands supreme and therefore represents Krishna. As the Supreme, Krishna can be more deceitful than any mere man. If Krishna chooses to deceive a person, no one can surpass Him in His deceit. His greatness is not simply one-sided — it is all-sided.

Among the victorious, He is victory. He is the splendor of the splendid. Among the enterprising and industrious, He is the most enterprising, the most industrious. Among adventurers He is the most adventurous, and among the strong He is the strongest. When Krishna was present on earth, no one could surpass Him in strength. Even in His childhood He lifted Govardhana Hill. No one can surpass Him in cheating, no one can surpass Him in splendor, no one can surpass Him in victory, no one can surpass Him in enterprise, and no one can surpass Him in strength.

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