Bhagavad Gita: Chapter 7, Verse 26

वेदाहं समतीतानि वर्तमानानि चार्जुन |
भविष्याणि च भूतानि मां तु वेद न कश्चन || 26||

vedāhaṁ samatītāni vartamānāni chārjuna
bhaviṣhyāṇi cha bhūtāni māṁ tu veda na kaśhchana

vedaknow; ahamI; samatītānithe past; vartamānānithe present; chaand; arjunaArjun; bhaviṣhyāṇithe future; chaalso; bhūtāniall living beings; māmme; tubut; vedaknows; na kaśhchanano one

Translation

BG 7.26: O Arjun, I know of the the past, present, and future, and I also know all living beings; but me no one knows.

Commentary

God is omniscient. He declares here that he is trikāl-darśhī—he has knowledge of the past, present, and future. We forget what we ourselves were thinking a few hours ago. But God remembers the thoughts, words, and deeds of each of the infinite souls in the universe, at every moment of their life, in each of their infinite lifetimes. These constitute the sañchit karmas (stockpile of karmas of endless lifetimes) for every soul. God has to maintain account of this so that he may dispense justice in the form of the law of karma. As a result, he says he knows the past, present, and future. The Muṇḍakopaniṣhad states:

yaḥ sarvajñaḥ sarvavidyasya jñānamayaṁ tapaḥ (1.1.9)[v25]

“God is all-knowing and omniscient. His austerity consists of knowledge.”

In this verse, Shree Krishna says that although he knows everything, nobody knows him. God is infinite in splendor, glory, energies, qualities, and extent. Our intellect is finite, and hence there is no way it can comprehend the Almighty God. All the Vedic scriptures state:

naiṣhā tarkeṇa matirāpaneyā (Kaṭhopaniṣhad 1.2.9)[v26]

“God is beyond the scope of our intellectual logic.”

yato vācho nivartante aprāpya manasā saha (Taittirīya Upaniṣhad 2.9.1)[v27]

“Our mind and words cannot reach God.”

rām atarkya buddhi mana bānī, mata hamāra asa sunahi sayānī (Ramayan)[v28]

“God cannot be analyzed by arguments or reached by words, mind, and intellect.”

There is only one personality who knows God and that is God himself. If he decides to bestow his grace upon some soul, he bestows his intellect upon that fortunate soul. Equipped with God’s power, that fortunate soul can then know God. Consequently, the concept of grace is of paramount importance in getting to know God. This point is discussed in detail later in verses 10.11 and 18.58.