Friday, August 31, 2007
I am the dice-play of the cunning: I am the strength of the strong: I am triumph and perseverance: I am the purity of the good.
I am Krishna among the Vrishnis, Arjuna among the Pandavas, Vyasa among the sages, Ushmas among the illumined poets.
I am the sceptre and the mastery of those who rule, the policy of those who seek to conquer: I am the silence of things secret: I am the knowledge of the knower.
O Arjuna, I am the divine seed of all lives. In this world, nothing animate or inanimate exists without me.
There is no limit to my divine manifestations, nor can they be numbered, O foe-consumer. What I have described to you are only a few of my countless forms.
Whatever in this world is powerful, beautiful or glorious, that you may know to have come forth from a fraction of my power and glory.
But what need have you, Arjuna, to know this huge variety? Know only that I exist, and that one atom of myself sustains the universe.
from Bhagavad-Gita (The Song of God)
(translated by Swami Prabhavananda and Christopher Isherwood)