Chapter 10: The Opulence of the Absolute

Bhaktivedanta VedaBase: Bhagavad-gītā As It Is 10.24

purodhasām ca mukhyam mām

viddhi pārtha brihaspatim

senānīnām aham skandah

sarasām asmi sāgarah


purodhasām — of all priests; ca — also; mukhyam — the chief; māmMe; viddhi — understand; pārthaO son of Prithā; brihaspatimBrihaspati; senānīnām — of all commanders; ahamI am; skandah — Kārtikeya; sarasām — of all reservoirs of water; asmiI am; sāgarah — the ocean.


Of priests, O Arjuna, know Me to be the chief, Brihaspati. Of generals I am Kārtikeya, and of bodies of water I am the ocean.


Indra is the chief demigod of the heavenly planets and is known as the king of the heavens. The planet on which he reigns is called Indraloka. Brihaspati is Indra's priest, and since Indra is the chief of all kings, Brihaspati is the chief of all priests. And as Indra is the chief of all kings, similarly Skanda, or Kārtikeya, the son of Pārvatī and Lord Śiva, is the chief of all military commanders. And of all bodies of water, the ocean is the greatest. These representations of Krishna only give hints of His greatness.

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