Bhagavad Gita -Srila Prabhupada 317

Shrimad Bhagavad Gita As It Is -Shri Shrimad A.C Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada

Knowledge of the Absolute
Chapter 7: Verse-7

mattah parataram nänyat kincid asti Dhananjaya
mayi sarvam idam protam sütre mani-ganä iva[1]


O conqueror of wealth, there is no truth superior to Me. Everything rests upon Me, as pearls are strung on a thread.


There is a common controversy over whether the Supreme Absolute Truth is personal or impersonal. As far as Bhagavad-gita is concerned, the Absolute Truth is the Personality of Godhead, Krsna, and this is confirmed in every step. In this verse, in particular, it is stressed that the Absolute Truth is a person. That the Personality of Godhead is the Supreme Absolute Truth is also the affirmation of the Brahma-samhitä: isvarah paramah krsnah sac-cid-änanda-vigrahah that is, the Supreme Absolute Truth Personality of Godhead is Lord Krsna, who is the primeval Lord, the reservoir of all pleasure, Govinda, and the eternal form of complete bliss and knowledge. These authorities leave no doubt that the Absolute Truth is the Supreme Person, the cause of all causes. The impersonalist, however, argues on the strength of the Vedic version given in the Svetäsvatara Upanisad[2] tato yad uttarataram tad arüpam anämayam/ ya etad vidur amrtäs te bhavanti athetare duhkham eväpiyanti. “In the material world Brahmä, the primeval living entity within the universe, is understood to be the supreme amongst the demigods, human beings and lower animals. But beyond Brahmä there is the Transcendence, who has no material form and is free from all material contaminations. Anyone who can know Him also becomes transcendental, but those who do not know Him suffer the miseries of the material world.”



  1. mattah=beyond Me; para-taram=superior; na=not; anyat kincit=anything else; asti=there is; Dhananjaya=O conqueror of wealth; mayi=in Me; sarvam=all that be; idam=which we see; protam=is strung; sütre=on a thread; mani-ganäh=pearls; iva=like.
  2. 3.10

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