Chapter 7: Knowledge of the Absolute

Bhaktivedanta VedaBase: Bhagavad-gītā As It Is 7.11

balaḿ balavatāḿ cāhaḿ


dharmāviruddho bhūteṣu

kāmo 'smi bharatarṣabha


balam — strength; bala-vatām — of the strong; ca — and; ahamI am; kāma — passion; rāga — and attachment; vivarjitam — devoid of; dharma-aviruddhaḥ — not against religious principles; bhūteṣuin all beings; kāmaḥ — sex life; asmiI am; bharata-ṛṣabhaO lord of the Bhāratas.


I am the strength of the strong, devoid of passion and desire. I am sex life which is not contrary to religious principles, O lord of the Bhāratas [Arjuna].


The strong man's strength should be applied to protect the weak, not for personal aggression. Similarly, sex life, according to religious principles (dharma), should be for the propagation of children, not otherwise. The responsibility of parents is then to make their offspring Kṛṣṇa conscious.

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