7.25 nāhaṁ prakāśaḥ sarvasya (Original)

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Chapter 7

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nāhaṁ prakāśaḥ sarvasya
mūḍho ’yaṁ nābhijānāti
loko mām ajam avyayam

‘Enveloped—in yoga-maya, I do not shine to all. This ignorant world knows Me not as the Birthless and Deathless.'[ Cp. IX-11. Bh: Gi.]

I am not obvious to all, as I am enveloped in that congeries of material units (=the compound, called the body=yoga), taking the form of the human, and appearing to mortals as but a human shape, the usual habitat to which the embodied (karma-bound) souls are accustomed.

Just because I appear anthropomorphic, the blind world does not understand that corporeity (or incarnation) is, in purpose, assumed with a view to be within the reach of all.

Albeit that My feats (or miraculous acts) transcend the powers of Vāyu and Indra (Symbols of the mighty forces of Nature, the Deified Powers of the wind, of the firmament etc)., and that My lustrous glory dims and darkens the light of the sun and the glare of the fire, the stupid world knows Me not, —just because of My appearance as human,— as the Birthless (because I am the Causa Causorum), and Deathless (being the Lord of all).

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