Bhagavad Gita: Chapter 7, Verse 7

मत्त: परतरं नान्यत्किञ्चिदस्ति धनञ्जय |
मयि सर्वमिदं प्रोतं सूत्रे मणिगणा इव || 7||

mattaḥ parataraṁ nānyat kiñchid asti dhanañjaya
mayi sarvam idaṁ protaṁ sūtre maṇi-gaṇā iva

mattaḥthan me; para-taramsuperior; nanot; anyat kiñchitanything else; astithere is; dhanañjayaArjun, conqueror of wealth; mayiin me; sarvamall; idamwhich we see; protamis strung; sūtreon a thread; maṇi-gaṇāḥbeads; ivalike


BG 7.7: There is nothing higher than myself, O Arjun. Everything rests in me, as beads strung on a thread.


The Supreme Lord Shree Krishna now speaks of his paramount position over everything and his dominion over all. He is the creator, the sustainer, and the annihilator of the universe. He is also the substratum in which everything exists. The analogy used is of beads strung on a thread. Similarly, although individual souls have free will to act as they wish, it is only granted to them by God, who upholds them all, and within whom they all exist. Hence, the Śhwetāśhvatar Upaniṣhad states:

na tatsamaśhchābhyadhikaśhcha dṛiśhyate

parāsya śhaktirvividhaiva śhrūyate (6.8)[v10]

“There is nothing equal to God, nor is there anything superior to him.”

This verse of the Bhagavad Gita also dispels the doubt in the mind of many people, who suppose that Shree Krishna is not the Absolute Truth and speculate that there must be some formless entity that is the ultimate source of even Shree Krishna himself. However in this verse, he clearly states that in his personal form of Shree Krishna, as he stands before Arjun, he is the ultimate Supreme Truth. Thus, the first-born Brahma prays to Shree Krishna:

īśwvaraḥ paramaḥ kṛiṣhṇaḥ sachchidānanda vigrahaḥ

anādirādir govindaḥ sarva kāraṇa kāraṇam (Brahma Samhitā 5.1)[v11]

“Shree Krishna is the Supreme Lord, who is eternal, omniscient, and infinite bliss. He is without beginning and end, the origin of all, and the cause of all causes.”