God In You – Bhagavad Gita, Ch 10, Vs 19-20

Vibhuti's of Lord Krishna

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Manifestations of God in the world, in you, and in the entire universe.

This Bhagavad Gita of eighteen chapters is a conversation between Arjuna and his childhood friend and Guru, Lord Krishna. Arjuna has just spent the last few verses imploring Him to explain how He as Absolute God exists within Creation, and now Lord Krishna answers:

God In You

The Blessed Lord spoke:
Listen! I will tell you of My divine manifestations, but, since there is no limit to my power, only those that are the most prominent.

Because there is no limit to His power, there is no limit to His manifestations, so he is only going to tell Arjuna about the most important ones. With Absolute God, there is no limit to anything, so Lord Krishna is drawing the line at what is most predominant. As for this writing, I would add that there is so much that could be said of a single one of them, that what you will be reading is only a small fraction.

In the following sequence of verses, we learn how Absolute God exists within the Relative Realm of this world. Anything He says He is, He is the essence of that, and the highest and best aspect of that essence. This gives us some idea of what to look for in our quest for the Absolute. These verses are connected in this way, but practically, they present us with options for where to look, and show us how to discern the difference.

As we go along, you may notice that deeper meanings of these verses address the whole process of yoga sadhana (the practice of unification). Because Lord Krishna is only going to reveal a limited number of His vibhutis (powers or manifestations), we should look at them as a means of revealing the course of yoga sadhana.

Lord Krishna means to allay any doubts Arjuna may have about what He has taught him, by pointing out aspects of these vibhutis and teachings as being Himself. He is showing Arjuna that, if he has faith in Him (God, Guru), he also has faith in the full gamut of these teachings and the practice that He has taught him.

Lord Krishna begins with the most important vibhuti:

I am the atman abiding within all Beings, and I am the beginning, middle and end of Beings.

  • Atman, the divine individual, the Real Self (Absolute)
  • Beginning, middle and end of Beings (Relative)

‘Atman’ in this verse refers to the Real Self as Absolute. Anything that comes, stays and then goes, such as Beings, is Relative.

You are a god (Absolute) in a body (Relative) made of God (Absolute) being human (Relative).

Absolute and Relative

Earth, water, fire, air, ether, mind, intelligence and individual self-sense, are the eight parts of my relative nature—such is My inferior nature. But know this as different from My highest absolute existence by which this world is sustained. — Bhagavad Gita, Ch 7, vs 4 – 5

Individual self-sense – The Sanskrit is ahamkara, meaning “I do”. This is usually translated as ‘ego’. So when in Experiential Meditation you hear yourself thinking the question, “Did I do that, or was that Shakti?” remember this verse, and that what you are after is Absolute God.

The Embodied One is never born nor does it ever die. But just as in the body childhood, youth and old age happen to an embodied one, so also the embodied one acquires another body.

Your existence as a human being (Relative) is because of God (Absolute). You are not here because of Creation. You are here because of Absolute God, the source of Creation. When you understand this, you will understand that the Real You is Absolute. 

Absolute You

The Divine Individual is eternally indestructible and unchanging, is without limitation, and has unrestricted power. The Divine Individual that You really are has always been and always will be. God is saying that the presence of Absolute God, first and foremost, is found in You.

The Embodied One is not born nor does it ever die, nor having been, will it again come not to be. Birthless, eternal, perpetual, indivisible, it does not die when the body dies. —Bhagavad Gita, ch 2, vs 20

The Divine Individual, the True Self, the Real You, is what you really are even though you are being human and as a being, will live and die.

  • Absolute – God in you as the Real You is never born and never dies.
  • Relative – God is your human cloak and its birth, life and death.

You will notice that Absolute God is static, unchanging. Relative God is all about activity and change. Is it any wonder that most humans are polytheistic even though there is only one God? Is it any wonder that God-realization and Self-realization are really the same?

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The means of reaching this door is the practice of authentic meditation and companion practices in Life. They augment each other to bring you quickly to your goal.

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2 thoughts on “God In You – Bhagavad Gita, Ch 10, Vs 19-20

  1. Dear Ma,

    Pranams and Thank you for your continued translations of The Gita and invaluable insights. I find myself thinking often lately about the phenomenon of existential crisis and the drive in humans to make a difference in the world and how it is almost immediately squashed by incorrect knowledge and social construct. In a conversation earlier today I asked someone “Do you feel satisfied with your experience of knowing God- (not just intellecutally)?” This was a woman who has had authentic spiritual experiences and her reply startled me … “Yes I am. Well…. of course I would like to experience God more but that is just being greedy.”

    What are we to do? I feel simultaneously inspired and helpless to convince people that the desire to know God/Truth fully beyond any question could never be greedy.. it is our purpose in life, is it not?. In my opinion it is the greatest tragedy to live a life devoid of spiritual merit no matter what ones belief dictates. When did people become so complacent and accepting of status quo and mediocrity so as not to seek to know the depths of this Universe and thier place in it? If not the secrets and mysteries, at least to find some sense of happiness and contentment in the expereince of life. Can anyone honestly convince themselves that we are just meat suites sent here to work, reproduce and die? My apologies to anyone who may be offended by the degree of my dismay, but what the heck? Wake up already… all the transcendence and joy I could share doesn’t seem to shake even a single apple from the tree, so perhaps it is the voice of shock and horror that will get attention.

    Thank you again Ma for your tireless efforts to illuminate our darkness, even when we do not ask for it.


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    1. Wow. You get a sticker on your homework, my dear. This is an excellent description of how I see things out there in normal society (which represents 99.9% of humanity). The thing is, you may be inspiring me to get even more gritty than I already am, and really stick it to ’em.


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