Chapter 10 Vibhuti Vistara Yoga Verse 31
Dyootam cchalayataamasmi tejastejaswinaamaham;
Jayo’smi vyavasaayo’smi sattwam sattwavataamaham.
I am the gambling of the fraudulent; I am the splendour of the splendid;
I am victory; Iam determination of those who are determined; I am the goodness of the good.
In this shloka Lord Krishna compares Himself to the nature that different individuals possess and various activities that they do. He says that He is the gambling of the fraudulent. That means He is the most addictive activity of the person who commits frauds, ie gambling. Then he goes on to compare Himself to the splendour of a splendid person. He also says that He is the victory and He is also the determination of the people who are determined. Finally He goes on to compare Himself to the good nature or goodness of a good person.
Extending Interpretation to Mankind’s Life!
Can Lord be compared to gambling, which is considered as a bad and unacceptable activity? When there are fraudulent people in this world and if they are also the creation of God, then there is no reason why God can’t be compared to the activities that these people do. Of the various methods of de-frauding others, Lord compares Himself to gambling, which is also called dice-play. Gambling is also the manifestation of God. A person who gambles bets on things which doesn’t have a set method or a process and is based on luck and chance. Such people to increase their chances, adopt methods that are fraudulent and become experts in cheating others.
Here Lord was indirectly referring to the game of dice that even a person like Yudhistir couldn’t stay away from. Kauravas led by Shankni have used the fraudulent method of playing the dice game and made Pandavas lose everything, including Draupadi and the battle field in which Lord Krishna is educating Arjuna on Gita is the result of that fraudulent dice game. The opposite nature of the fraudulent is the splendour and people who have them are splendid. Splendid in English means excellent and glorious and splendour means glory. Lord here is the glory. The other things like determination and goodness are self-explanatory and need not require to be explained in detail.