Bhagavadgita -Radhakrishnan 197

The Bhagavadgita -S. Radhakrishnan

God is the Source of All; to Know Him is to Know All

27. uccaingravasam agvanarn
viddhi mam amrtodbhavam
Airavata gajendranam
naranam ca naradhipam
(27) Of horses, know me to be Ucchaisravas, born of nectar; of lordly elephants (I am) Airavata and of men (I am) the monarch.

28. ayudhanam aham vajram
dhenunam asmi kdmadhuk
prajanas ca 'smi kandarpah
sarpancm asmi vasukih
(28) Of weapons I am the thunderbolt; of the cows I am the cow of plenty; of the progenitors I am the God of love; of the serpents I am Vasuki.

29. anantas ca 'smi naganam
varuno yadasam aham
pitrnam aryamã cal 'smi
yamah sarhyamatam aham
(29) Of the nags I am Ananta; of the dwellers in water I am Varuna; of the (departed) ancestors I am Aryama; of those who maintain law and order, I am Yama.

30. prahladas ca 'smi daityanam
kaiak kalayatam aham
mrganam ca mrgendro 'ham
vaanateyas ca paksinam
(30) Of the Titans I am Prahlada ; of calculators I am Time: of beasts I am the King of beasts (lion) and of birds (I am) the son of Vinata (Garuda).

31. Pavanah pavatam asmi
ramah gastrabhrteim ham
jhasanam makaras ca 'smi
srotasam asmi jah iavid
(31) Of purifiers I am the wind; of warriors I am Rama; of fishes I am the alligator and of rivers I am the Ganges.

32. sarganam adir antas ca
madhyam cal 'va 'ham arjuna
adhye trnavidya vidyanam
vadah pravadatam aham
(32) Of creations I am the beginning, the end and also the middle, 0 Arjuna; of the sciences (I am) the science of the self; of those who debate I am the dialectic. adhyatmavidya vidye nam: of the sciences I am the science of the self. The science of the self is the way to beatitude. It is not an intellectual exercise or a social adventure. It is the way to saving wisdom and so is pursued with deep religious conviction. Philosophy as the science of the self helps us to overcome the ignorance which hides' from us the vision of reality. It is the universal science according to Plato. Without it, the departmental sciences
become misleading. Plato observes. "The possession of the sciences as a whole, if it does not include the best, will in some few cases aid but more often harm the owner." Alcibiades, II, 144 D.


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