Chapter 10: The Opulence of the Absolute

Bhaktivedanta VedaBase: Bhagavad-gītā As It Is 10.28

āyudhānām aham vajram

dhenūnām asmi kāmadhuk

prajanaś cāsmi kandarpah

sarpānām asmi vāsukih


āyudhānām — of all weapons; ahamI am; vajram — the thunderbolt; dhenūnām — of cows; asmiI am; kāma-dhuk — the surabhi cow; prajanah — the cause for begetting children; ca — and; asmiI am; kandarpah — Cupid; sarpānām — of serpents; asmiI am; vāsukihVāsuki.


Of weapons I am the thunderbolt; among cows I am the surabhi. Of causes for procreation I am Kandarpa, the god of love, and of serpents I am Vāsuki.


The thunderbolt, indeed a mighty weapon, represents Krishna's power. In Krishnaloka in the spiritual sky there are cows which can be milked at any time, and they give as much milk as one likes. Of course such cows do not exist in this material world, but there is mention of them in Krishnaloka. The Lord keeps many such cows, which are called surabhi. It is stated that the Lord is engaged in herding the surabhi cows. Kandarpa is the sex desire for presenting good sons; therefore Kandarpa is the representative of Krishna. Sometimes sex is engaged in only for sense gratification; such sex does not represent Krishna. But sex for the generation of good children is called Kandarpa and represents Krishna.

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