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Chapter 10: The Opulence of the Absolute

Bg 10.36
TEXT 36
dyutam chalayatam asmi
tejas tejasvinam aham
jayo 'smi vyavasayo 'smi
sattvam sattvavatam aham
SYNONYMS
dyūtam—gambling; chalayatām—of all cheats; asmi—I am; tejaḥ—splendid; tejasvinām—of everything splendid; aham—I am; jayaḥ—victory; asmi—I am; vyavasāyaḥ—adventure; asmi—I am; sattvam—strength; sattvavatām—of all the strong; aham—I am.
TRANSLATION
I am also the gambling of cheats, and of the splendid I am the splendor. I am victory, I am adventure, and I am the strength of the strong.
PURPORT
There are many kinds of cheaters all over the universe. Of all cheating processes, gambling stands supreme and therefore represents Kṛṣṇa. As the Supreme, Kṛṣṇa can be more deceitful than any mere man. If Kṛṣṇa chooses to deceive a person, no one can surpass Him in His deceit. His greatness is not simply one-sided-it is all-sided.
Among the victorious, He is victory. He is the splendor of the splendid. Among enterprising industrialists, He is the most enterprising. Among adventurers, He is the most adventurous, and among the strong, He is the strongest. When Kṛṣṇa was present on earth, no one could surpass Him in strength. Even in His childhood He lifted Govardhana Hill. No one can surpass Him in cheating, no one can surpass Him in splendor, no one can surpass Him in victory, no one can surpass Him in enterprise, and no one can surpass Him in strength.

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