Chapter 10: The Opulence of the Absolute

Bhaktivedanta VedaBase: Bhagavad-gītā As It Is 10.31

pavanah pavatām asmi

rāmah śastra-bhritām aham

jhashānām makaraś cāsmi

srotasām asmi jāhnavī

SYNONYMS

pavanah — the wind; pavatām — of all that purifies; asmiI am; rāmahRāma; śastra-bhritām — of the carriers of weapons; ahamI am; jhashānām — of all fish; makarah — the shark; ca — also; asmiI am; srotasām — of flowing rivers; asmiI am; jāhnavī — the River Ganges.

TRANSLATION

Of purifiers I am the wind, of the wielders of weapons I am Rāma, of fishes I am the shark, and of flowing rivers I am the Ganges.

PURPORT

Of all the aquatics the shark is one of the biggest and is certainly the most dangerous to man. Thus the shark represents Krishna.

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