Gita Talk #13: “The Infinite God, Composed of All Wonders”

Via Bob Weisenberg
on Jul 12, 2010
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Next week we have another special guest for Gita Talk.  Amy Champ will lead us through a discussion of Chapter 12 of the Bhagavad Gita, The Yoga of Devotion

Amy is a yoga teacher finishing her PhD program at University of California, Davis. She is currently working on her dissertation about women yoga teachers and their activism. 

Amy has a special affection for this subject and I’m very pleased that she has agreed to lead the next Gita Talk.


For this week, I’d like to continue our discussion of the rhapsodic poetry of Chapters 10 & 11.  Here are some of my other favorite excerpts to get your mind going.  (Mitchell considers these chapters to be the climax of the entire Gita):

The whole universe, all things
animate or inanimate,
are gathered here—look!—enfolded
inside my infinite body.   (BG 11.7)

crowned with fire, wrapped
in pure light, with celestial fragrance,
he stood forth as the infinite
God, composed of all wonders.   (BG 11.11)

Arjuna saw the whole universe 
enfolded, with its countless billions
of life-forms, gathered together
in the body of the God of gods.   (BG 11.13)

I see you everywhere, with billions
of arms, eyes, bellies, faces,
without end, middle, or beginning,
your body the whole universe, Lord.   (BG 11.16)

…You are both being and nonbeing,
and what is beyond them both.

the primal God, the primordial
Person, the ultimate place
of the universe, the knower and the known,
the presence that fills all things.   (BG 11.37-38)

…Majesty infinite in power,
you pervade—no, you are all things.   (BG 11.40)

He who acts for my sake,
loving me, free of attachment,
with benevolence toward all beings,
will come to me in the end.   (BG 11.55)

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31 Responses to “Gita Talk #13: “The Infinite God, Composed of All Wonders””

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  2. tobye says:

    He who acts for my sake,
    loving me, free of attachment,
    with benevolence toward all beings,
    will come to me in the end. (BG 11.55)

    That's the one paragragh that speaks to me the most. Reminds me of the pagan commandment "so long as it harms none, do what thou will"

  3. So, Bob, while your dutiful readers have been fulfilling their Gita reading assignments, I certainly hope you've been following my instructions about reading Whitman's "Song of Myself" in that massive 900+ page Kindle book you got and are prepared to compare it to these particular lines from the Gita (you might start with the part where he introduces himself–can't remember what section it is, but in the 1855 edition of Leaves of Grass, which didn't feature an author's name on the cover or title page, it was actually the only mention of his name in the book–"Walt Whitman, a kosmos, of Manhattan the son" thus bringing together both the most micro- and macro-cosmic senses of the self). Discuss.

  4. Carol Horton says:

    Beautiful, poetic. I wonder what it would be like to read it without translation.

  5. Whoa, dude, that's like sooooooo totally spiritual and shit. I just smoked some kind and cranked up this totally awesome Phish board from the 97 New Years show before reading it and I'm like totally trippin' out on it and shit..

  6. Sevapuri says:

    "if a thousand suns were to rise and stand in the noon sky, blazing such brilliance would be like the fierce brilliance of that mighty self." I love this imagery and the feeling that this verse alludes to, that it talks about discoveing or uncovering of our Self or our true nature and when we do that and when we have glimpses of it in meditation and where ever or whatever we practice its " like a thousand suns" – enlightement

  7. Brooks Hall says:

    On BG 11.11: I am tantalized by fragrances, especially a pleasing celestial scent.  

  8. paramsangat says:

    Favourite part of the 11th is the end of it, as you above stated the 11:37,38,40,55. The first part (as wriote in the last week's discussion) was to me somewhat boring.

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