balam balavatam caham
kamo ’smi bharatarsabha
"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 Bharatas [Arjuna]."
He says He is kama or lust. In all the Four slokas so far, Sri Krishna tells He is the quality which makes people to desire any matter. Here He says He is strength and lust. Balavatam = in srong persons, balam = strength, aham = I [Sri Krishna] am. Does it mean He is the strength in wicked persons like Ravana and Hiranyakasipu? But we never like the strength of such bad persons. Kama = passion, raga = hatred or attachment, vivarjitam = devoid of. That is He is the strength of persons, who are devoid of worldly passion or greed and hatred. That means the strength of noble persons like Sri Rama, Sri Krishna or Sri Narasimha. A social worker, if he has strength to do good things, then the Lord is that strength as people would love that strength for the benefit of society. Bhuteshu = among all living beings, kama asmi = [I, Sri Krishna ] am lust. How is that, just in the previous line of sloka , He said He is the strength minus lust, and now He says He is lust? Dharma = righteousness, avirudha = not opposed. So lust for doing actions which are accepted by shastras, is He. If someone is greedy to have money to do social service, it is for good cause and so He is that greed. Socially accepted desires like between husband and wife or between brother and sister or between parents and children are all not opposed to dharma. But a greed to acquire others' properties is against shastras, and is adharma. In all these four slokas [8,9, 10 and 11], He has told He is the objects of desire and the qualities which make us to desire them. What Arjuna desires to regain Kingdom is according to Dharma and so He is that quality. He is the object of desire and He is the desired quality. We will now take leave of this Kshetram.