Chapter 10: The Opulence of the Absolute

Bhaktivedanta VedaBase: Bhagavad-gita As It Is 10.30

prahladas casmi daityanam

kalah kalayatam aham

mriganam ca mrigendro 'ham

vainateyas ca pakshinam

SYNONYMS

prahladah -- Prahlada; ca -- also; asmi -- I am; daityanam -- of the demons; kalah -- time; kalayatam -- of subduers; aham -- I am; mriganam -- of animals; ca -- and; mriga-indrah -- the lion; aham -- I am; vainateyah -- Garuda; ca -- also; pakshinam -- of birds.

TRANSLATION

Among the Daitya demons I am the devoted Prahlada, among subduers I am time, among beasts I am the lion, and among birds I am Garuda.

PURPORT

Diti and Aditi are two sisters. The sons of Aditi are called Adityas, and the sons of Diti are called Daityas. All the Adityas are devotees of the Lord, and all the Daityas are atheistic. Although Prahlada was born in the family of the Daityas, he was a great devotee from his childhood. Because of his devotional service and godly nature, he is considered to be a representative of Krishna.

There are many subduing principles, but time wears down all things in the material universe and so represents Krishna. Of the many animals, the lion is the most powerful and ferocious, and of the million varieties of birds, Garuda, the bearer of Lord Vishnu, is the greatest.

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