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Chapter 10 Vibhuti Vistara Yoga Verse 10

Arjuna Uvacha:

Aahustwaam rishayah sarve devarshirnaaradastathaa;

Asito devalo vyaasah swayam chaiva braveeshi me.


Arjuna Said:

All the sages have thus declared Thee, as also the divine sage Narada;

so also Asita, Devala and Vyasa; and now Thou Thyself sayest so to me


After listening to Lord Krishna about the compassion that a person should have for Him to dwell in that person, Arjuna starts speaking. He says to Lord Krishna that the greatness of the Lord has already been said by people before. It was declared by all sages. Sage Narada also has talked about it and it was also declared by sages like Asita, Devala and Vyasa. They all have sung the praises of the Lord. Now you yourself is talking about it and declaring the same to me, says Lord Krishna.

Extending Interpretation to Mankind’s Life!

This is the first time in Bhagavadgita that Arjuna openly admits the greatness of Lord Krishna. After listening to Him and His greatness, slowly Arjuna comes to realize what Lord Krishna was trying to say. Arjuna is somewhere closer to accepting Him as the Supreme truth and it is authenticated by the fact that he invokes the names of the great sages. One of them he says is Narada. We all have been listening to this name narada many times. We know him as the person who creates fights between people. If that is the case then why is Narada such a great sage?

Narada is a sage who is well versed with puranas and has the mastery over many things. That includes Grammar, pronunciation, astronomy and religious rituals. He is also an expert in logic and has a powerful memory. He possesses the knowledge of the whole universe and everything in it. Apart from all this he is also an expert in war strategies, military campaigns also. Whenever such a learned person talks it always creates misunderstandings between people and what has emerged out of those misunderstandings were important lessons of life that one can only experience and learn. Such is the wisdom of Narada.

Arjuna here understands the importance of what Lord Krishna is saying and says that the greatness of Him was acknowledged by the sage Narada Himself. Not only that other great sages also have acknowledged the greatness. In a way Arjuna is making us to re-look at ourselves and acknowledge the greatness of God. Sometimes we feel so proud of ourselves that we forget the role of God in our success. Whenever we acknowledge the greatness of God, it reminds us of our humbleness and our dependency on God for getting many things on track.