Bhagavad Gita: Chapter 7, Verse 10

बीजं मां सर्वभूतानां विद्धि पार्थ सनातनम् |
बुद्धिर्बुद्धिमतामस्मि तेजस्तेजस्विनामहम् || 10||

bījaṁ māṁ sarva-bhūtānāṁ viddhi pārtha sanātanam
buddhir buddhimatām asmi tejas tejasvinām aham

bījamthe seed; māmme; sarva-bhūtānāmof all beings; viddhiknow; pārthaArjun, the son of Pritha; sanātanamthe eternal; buddhiḥintellect; buddhi-matāmof the intelligent; asmi(I) am; tejaḥsplendor; tejasvināmof the splendid; ahamI

Translation

BG 7.10: O Arjun, know that I am the eternal seed of all beings. I am the intellect of the intelligent, and the splendor of the glorious.

Commentary

The cause is known as the seed of its effect. Hence, the ocean can be considered as the seed of the clouds; the clouds are the seed of the rain. Shree Krishna says that he is the seed from which all beings have been created.

Since everything that exists is a form of the energy of God, the splendid qualities visible in outstanding people are all God’s energies manifesting in them. Intelligent people express a greater amount of brilliance in their thoughts and ideas. God says he is that subtle power that makes their thoughts scintillating and analytic.

When someone displays exceptional brilliance that enhances the world in a positive way, it is God’s power working through him. William Shakespeare displayed such scintillating brilliance in the field of literature that has been unmatched in modern history. It is possible that God enhanced his intellect so that his works served to nourish the literature of the major language of the world, English. Swami Vivekananda said that the function of the British Empire was to unite the world in one language. Bill Gates displayed such genius in marketing the Windows operating system that it captured ninety percent of the market share. If this had not happened and there had been multiple operating systems for computers around the world, there would have been extensive chaos, as there is in the video editing field with its multiple formats—NTSC, PAL, SECAM, etc. Possibly, God desired that the world should have one major operating system, to ensure proper interaction, and so he enhanced one person’s intellect for the purpose.

The Saints, of course, have always attributed the beauty, brilliance, and knowledge of their works to the grace of God. Sage Tulsidas states:

na maiñ kiyā na kari sakauñ, sahiba kartā mor

karata karāvata āpa haiñ, tulasī tulasī śhor[v12]

“Neither did I write the Ramayan, nor do I have the ability to write it. The Lord is my Doer. He directs my actions, and acts through me, but the world thinks that Tulsidas is doing them.” Here, Shree Krishna clearly states that he is the brilliance of the brilliant and the intellect of the intelligent.