Chapter 10: The Opulence of the Absolute

Bhaktivedanta VedaBase: Bhagavad-gītā As It Is 10.38

dando damayatām asmi

nītir asmi jigīshatām

maunam caivāsmi guhyānām

jānam jānavatām aham


dandah — punishment; damayatām — of all means of suppression; asmiI am; nītih — morality; asmiI am; jigīshatām — of those who seek victory; maunam — silence; ca — and; eva — also; asmiI am; guhyānām — of secrets; jānam — knowledge; jāna-vatām — of the wise; ahamI am.


Among all means of suppressing lawlessness I am punishment, and of those who seek victory I am morality. Of secret things I am silence, and of the wise I am the wisdom.


There are many suppressing agents, of which the most important are those that cut down miscreants. When miscreants are punished, the agency of chastisement represents Krishna. Among those who are trying to be victorious in some field of activity, the most victorious element is morality. Among the confidential activities of hearing, thinking and meditating, silence is most important because by silence one can make progress very quickly. The wise man is he who can discriminate between matter and spirit, between God's superior and inferior natures. Such knowledge is Krishna Himself.

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