Why did Lord Krishna say in the Srimad Bhagavad Gita, that among all powerful weapons he was Vajra? Why didn’t he say Sudarshan Chakra, which is the most powerful weapon and many times stronger than Vajra?

By Sunil Kumar

Any answer to this question is in the realm of speculation. I will hazard an answer.

The Sudarshan chakra is a discus and it has a lot of power, probably more than the Vajra. But it is considered to be an embodiment of a living entity(ayudhapurusha), and some sources said to be a representation of Sesha.

In the Vishnu Purana, the chakra represents the universal mind, the will to multiply. It is in the design of a wheel, symbolic of life, renewing itself cyclically. The wheel of radiance symbolizes the Sun. The six spokes represent the six seasons recognized in ancient India, six cycles of the year. The centre represents unending reality. The spin of the wheel creates the illusion of duality or the vast expanse of ‘Maya’.

Also, in this 10th chapter of the Bhagavad Gita, Shri Krishna is describing his various opulences and giving examples that are relatable and generally intelligible in that age, where references to the Vedas, the Adityas etc are generally understood by a vast section of the population. In Kali Yuga, you would be hard pressed to find those many people who know about ancient cultural references.

Arjuna was the son of Indra, the chief of the Gods. His weapon the Vajra, made of Dadhichi’s bones was a very potent symbol, and used by the devas to defeat the asuras and reclaim heaven. The central purpose of the Bhagavad Gita among many others is to reestablish dharmic principles and destroy adharma. Lord Krishna is also motivating Arjuna.

He could have also mentioned the ‘Trishula’ of Shiva, another member of the Trimurti; an extremely powerful weapon. But Shri Krishna didn’t, as the entire purpose of this chapter is to give examples that illustrate his magnificence so that both Arjuna and the general population quickly get the message. So, due to all these reasons, I think the ‘Vajra’ is mentioned.

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