9.7 sarva-bhūtāni kaunteya (Original)

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Chapter 9

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sarva-bhūtāni kaunteya
prakṛtiṁ yānti māmikām
kalpa-kṣaye punas tāni
kalpādau visṛjāmy aham

‘All beings, Kaunteya[2. A matronymic of Arjuna.]! enter into My Nature at the end of a Kalpa[3. See footnotes to verse 4.4 and verse 4.8.]. Again do I emit them at the beginning of a Kalpa[4. See footnotes to verse 4.4 and verse 4.8.].’

All movable and immovable things enter into My own Nature, i.e. prakṛiti which is My body designated tamas (darkness=the indistinguishable, indifferentiate vast expanse of matter-stuff;, which has no name, form and division (in its indistinct state).

At the end of a Kalpa: when the period of dissolution comes for the four-faced Brahma. At that time all creatures pass into Me by My will.

The self-same creatures do I bring forth again at the dawning of a Kalpa. Says Manu:—

‘This became full of tamas (darkness)’ etc.,[5. Manu: i-5. (Āsīd idam tamo-bhūtam etc).]

‘He, willing (to produce) from His own body’ etc.,[6. Manu: i-8. (So`bhidhyāya śarīrāt svāt etc).]

Say the Śrutis also thus:—

‘Of Whom avyakta (indiscernible matter) is body'[7. Sub: Up: 7. Yasyā `vyaktam śarīram etc).].

Avyakta merges into akshara, and akshara into tamas‘[8. Sub: Up: 2 (Avyaktam akshare līyate etc).].

‘It was tamas in the beginning, by tamas was all hidden and indiscernible (apraketam)’[9. Tait: Brā: ii-8-9 and Rig Veda viii-7-17. (Tama āsīt tamasā gūdham agre`praketam). apraketam=apra-jñāyamānām=incomprehensible.].

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