Bhagavad Gita -Srila Prabhupada 469

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

The Opulence of the Absolute
Chapter 10: Verse-38

dando damayatäm asmi nitir asmi jigisatäm
maunam caiväsmi guhyänäm jnänam jnänavatäm aham[1]


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 Krsna. 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 krsna Himself.



  1. dandah=punishment; damayatäm=of all means of suppression; asmi=I am;
    nitih=morality; asmi=I am; jigisatäm=of those who seek victory; maunam=silence; ca=and; eva=also; asmi=I am; guhyänäm=of secrets;
    jnänam=knowledge; jnäna-vatäm=of the wise; aham=I am.

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