[For the Disciple—A Guide]
"Devotion by means of the Universal Divine Perfections."
Krishna, continuing the teaching of Chapter 9 gives Arjuna a survey of the vibhutis, or examples of perfection in manifestation. They represent examples of his excellence present to the world.
Since He is "the origin of all the Gods, and the Adepts" none of those can trace his origin. But those who know, perceive "the mighty Ruler of the universe...without birth or beginning, to be among men, undeluded, shall be liberated from all...sins. (Gita, p. 70)
Krishna lists the spiritual qualities that represent His nature:
Arjuna recognizes in this Personage who is his friend, a universal potential, and declares some understanding; yet, since he has not developed the needed universality to "see" Krishna everywhere, he asks Krishna to choose a "form" under which he might be meditated on. Thus, he says, Arjuna the devotee, using such a focus, would be better able to visualize and worship him. (Gita, p. 72)
Krishna, seeing that Arjuna was still burdened by the illusion of forms, and a mind perception limited to his daily condition lists further examples of his manifestation as those perfections in Nature, already known to Arjuna.
He begins with the statement:
And He concludes the list, saying: