Gita : Ch-7. Slo-9.

Srimad Bhagavasgeeta :

Chapter-7. ( Jnana-Vijnana-Yogam )

Slokam-9.  ( I am the original/pure  fragrance of the earth, and I am the heat in fire. I am the life of all that lives, and I am the penances of all ascetics.)

punyo    gandhah     prthivyam     ca    tejascasmi    vibhavasau,

jivanam     sarva-bhuteshu    tapascasmi     tapasvishu.

prthivyam     punyah     gandhah    ca     =    the    pure    fragrance    in    the    earth    also;

vibhavasau     tejah   ca    =    the    brightness /heat   of    the   fire   also;

sarva-bhuteshu     jivanam    =    the    chaithanyam    in    all   living    entities;

tapasvishu     tapah    ca    asmi   =   and    also    the    tapas    of    those    practicing     ....I  am.

Lord Krishna is stating that He is the subtle principle of fragrance innate within the Earth. The particle ca meaning and includes after smell the other four subtle principles such as taste, touch, sight and sound. He is the pure brilliance in fire. He is the vital life force in all sentient beings and He is the potency of austerities in the ascetics and forest dwellers giving them the power to endure in their penance to overcome the dualities such as cold and heat.

Continuing further Lord Krishna describes how He is the essence of smell as the pure unadulterated odour which exists as the substratum of the Earth. It can also be interpreted that since the manifestations of the Supreme Lord as the substratum of everything has been confirmed and as only the sweet pure odour of the Earth in all its excellence can only emanate from Him it is being inculcated in these

Lord Krishna is the bright natural glow found in fire. He is the vital force of vitality which sustains and all life and animates all beings and He is tapas or austerities found in the yogis or one perfecting the science of the individual consciousness attaining communion with the ultimate consciouness, the ascetics, the hermits and the celibate monks; by which they have the capacity to withstand dualities such as heat and cold or pleasure and pain.

Punya means that which is not decomposed; punya is original. Everything in the material world has a certain flavor or fragrance, as the flavor and fragrance in a flower, or in the earth, in water, in fire, in air, etc. The uncontaminated flavor, the original flavor, which permeates everything, is Krishna. Similarly, everything has a particular original taste, and this taste can be changed by the mixture of chemicals. So everything original has some smell, some fragrance, and some taste. Vibhava means fire.

Without fire we cannot run factories, we cannot cook, etc., and that fire is Lord. The heat in the fire is Lord. According to Vedic medicine, indigestion is due to a low temperature in the belly. So even for digestion fire is needed. In the consciousness we become aware that earth, water, fire, air and every active principle, all chemicals and all material elements are due to Lord. The duration of man's life is also due to Him. Therefore by the grace of Lord, man can prolong his life or diminish it. So  consciousness is active in every sphere.

To be continued .....  


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