Bhagavadgita Chapter 10 Vibhuti Vistara Yoga Verse 32

Chapter 10 Vibhuti Vistara Yoga Verse 32
Shloka

Dando damayataamasmi neetirasmi jigeeshataam; Maunam chaivaasmi guhyaanaam jnaanam jnaanavataamaham.

Translation

Among the punishers I am the sceptre; among those who seek victory I am statesmanship; and also among secrets I am silence; knowledge among knowers I am.

Interpretation

Lord’s Krishna’s comparisons on Himself with various living and non-living entities continues in this shloka also. Here He compares Himself to the sceptre amongst the punishers. Sceptre is an ornamental emblem that an authority like King carries in his hand as a symbol of authority. He then goes on to compare Himself to the statesmanship in those who seek victory. Then turning His attention to the secrets Lord Krishna compares Himself to silence, which is the mother of all secrets and He compares Himself to knowledge amongst the knowers in this World.

Extending Interpretation to Mankind’s Life!

A sceptre during those times is symbolic to the authority that a person holds. You would have noticed it in some historical and mythological movies as to how a golden stick like thing with emblems of lions or trishul or the face of God bestows full authority to a person to decide and punish the wrong-doers. Kings during those days before deciding on the matters of law and justice used to hold the sceptre in their hands and they used to believe that the sceptre will never allow them to take a wrong decision. Lord compares Himself to that sceptre.

Another thing we need to notice is Statesmanship amongst victory. Victory is not something that is only achieved in a war. Victory is also not something that is related to conflict between two kingdoms or nations Victory is something that one achieves while dealing with situations, people and even on one-self. Statesmanship is a quality that an individual possesses for making judgements that are accurate to the situation demanded. To win over anything one needs to make right judgements and the person who possesses those qualities is called as a statesman and victory always touches his feet. Lord compares Himself to statesman ship in that victory.

We all know the importance of silence while keeping the secrets. Secrets are things that are never to be revealed. Its almost impossible for most people to keep secrets. Some, reveal them indirectly through other people, some through their actions, some through their gestures and the very few who never reveals anything are the ones who observe absolute silence. Lord compares Himself to that silence. And finally, we all know the importance of knowledge in knowers and knowledge alone makes you a knower, and God is that knowledge.