Is God The Only Creator Or Is There Only One Creator?

Krishna and Arjuna

by Jayaram V

Notes: I have translated the Bhagavadgita twice. The first one was a loose translation. The second one was a word to word translation with a detailed commentary. The commentary is however different from what you will find here. In this section I will share with you my thoughts about the knowledge, philosophy and wisdom of the Bhagavadgita as I understand it from my perspective. Jayaram V


As stated in the Bhagavadgita (11.37) God is certainly the first creator and source of all (adi-karta), but for the continuation of the world and their order and regularity he also delegates his creative duties to both humans and gods. However, the power to create comes with a lot of obligation and responsibility. If human beings assume the power but do not acknowledge the source, they become responsible for their actions and suffer from their consequences. This is called karma.

Karma, thus, is your creation. It arises from your creative powers and self-willed actions as you perform them with desires and egoism. The source of all karma is dharma (obligatory duties). When karma is not performed in accordance with dharma, it becomes a burden. Therefore, the Bhagavadgita suggests that you can live in the world without assuming the doership, and acknowledging God as the source of all, including your actions. When you offer Him your actions, it will lead to liberation since your actions do not bind you to the cycle of births and deaths.

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