Chapter 10: The Opulence of the Absolute
sarganam adir antas ca
madhyam caivaham arjuna
vadah pravadatam aham
sargäëäm—of all creations; ädiù—beginning; antaù—end; ca—and; madhyam—middle; ca—also; eva—certainly; aham—I am; arjuna—O Arjuna; adhyätma-vidyä—spiritual knowledge; vidyänäm—of all education; vädaù—natural conclusion; pravadatäm—of arguments; aham—I am.
Of all creations I am the beginning and the end and also the middle, O Arjuna. Of all sciences I am the spiritual science of the Self, and among logicians I am the conclusive truth.
Among created manifestations, the total material elements are first created by Mahä-Viñëu and are annihilated by Lord Çiva. Brahmä is the secondary creator. All these created elements are different incarnations of the material qualities of the Supreme Lord; therefore He is the beginning, the middle and the end of all creation.
Regarding the spiritual science of the Self, there are many literatures, such as the four Vedas, the Vedänta-sütra and the Puräëas, the Çrémad-Bhägavatam and the Gétä. These are all representatives of Kåñëa. Among logicians there are different stages of argument. The presentation of evidence is called japa. The attempt to defeat one another is called vitaëòa, and the final conclusion is called väda. The conclusive truth, the end of all reasoning processes, is Kåñëa.