Chapter 10: The Opulence of the Absolute

Bhaktivedanta VedaBase: Bhagavad-gītā As It Is 10.23

rudrānām śańkaraś cāsmi

vitteśo yaksha-rakshasām

vasūnām pāvakaś cāsmi

meruh śikharinām aham

SYNONYMS

rudrānām — of all the Rudras; śańkarah — Lord Śiva; ca — also; asmiI am; vitta-īśah — the lord of the treasury of the demigods; yaksha-rakshasām — of the Yakshas and Rākshasas; vasūnām — of the Vasus; pāvakah — fire; ca — also; asmiI am; meruhMeru; śikharinām — of all mountains; ahamI am.

TRANSLATION

Of all the Rudras I am Lord Śiva, of the Yakshas and Rākshasas I am the Lord of wealth [Kuvera], of the Vasus I am fire [Agni], and of mountains I am Meru.

PURPORT

There are eleven Rudras, of whom Śańkara, Lord Śiva, is predominant. He is the incarnation of the Supreme Lord in charge of the mode of ignorance in the universe. The leader of the Yakshas and Rākshasas is Kuvera, the master treasurer of the demigods, and he is a representation of the Supreme Lord. Meru is a mountain famed for its rich natural resources.

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