बीजं मां सर्वभूतानां विद्धि पार्थ सनातनम् |
बुद्धिर्बुद्धिमतामस्मि तेजस्तेजस्विनामहम् || 10||
bījaṁ māṁ sarva-bhūtānāṁ viddhi pārtha sanātanam
buddhir buddhimatām asmi tejas tejasvinām aham
bījam—the seed; mām—me; sarva-bhūtānām—of all beings; viddhi—know; pārtha—Arjun, the son of Pritha; sanātanam—the eternal; buddhiḥ—intellect; buddhi-matām—of the intelligent; asmi—(I) am; tejaḥ—splendor; tejasvinām—of the splendid; aham—I
Know Me, Ο son of Prithā, to be the Eternal Seed of all things that exist; I am the intelligence of the intelligent and the daring of the brave.
Bijam – The Lord declares that He is the seed, the cause of all beings. From Him, the seed, all beings have come, and unto Him they return. The tree is only another form of the seed. The life-force of the whole tree is already involved in the seed. The seed manifests its life-force in the new form of the tree. Even so, the Lord is the seed of all beings. It is He who is manifesting Himeself in different forms. The essence is He in every thing. Thus knowing the wise man transcends all separateness that appears to exist between one thing and another. Whoever he may be, to whatever caste or creed he may belong, high or low, the seed for him is God Himself. He is the cause of He is the father of all. So all beings in essence are God, for there is nothing else but He in the whole universe. He is the cause, and He is also the effect, and the effect is actually the cause in a different form. Knowing this, let no man imagine himself to be weak, neglected, forlorn and wretched. He is God Himself. By ignorance, he has misunderstood himself to be a limited body and a limited personality. Inspired by the words of the Lord let man throw away the veil of ignorance, and know himself as he really is (i.e.) the Supreme Brahman.
The inspiring message of Gitacharya is that He is Himself the seed and cause of all beings. He is present in all. This should give tremendous courage to all because it affirms the divine birth-right of each individual. Even the lowest would acquire Himalayan strength when he contemplates this truth. There is nothing low or wretched. The teacher of the Gita says, “I am the underlying principle behind you. It is from Me you have come.” Such words would lift up the sinking hearts of thousands of house-holders caught in the whirlpool of samsara. What if the wave is small or big? It has behind it the mighty ocean. It subsists and is sustained by the infinite ocean. So let no man consider himeself weak, mean and downtrodden. Let him contemplate the mighty ocean of purity and blessedness with which he is one, even as the ripple is one with the sea. The source of every man is not either his father or grandfather, but the supreme Paramatma.
Generally, the man claims his lineage from some ancient sage. The Lord here wants him to go a step higher and realise that He is the seed out of which he has grown. He is the Mulapurusha.
Question: What is the source of all beings?
Question: What is His nature?
Answer: He is eternal.