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Chapter 10: The Opulence of the Absolute

Bg 10.23
TEXT 23
rudranam sankaras casmi
vitteso yaksa-raksasam
vasunam pavakas casmi
meruh sikharinam aham
SYNONYMS
rudranam—of all the Rudras; sankarah—Lord Siva; ca—also; asmi—I am; vittesah—the lord of the treasury; yaksa-raksasam—of the Yaksas and Raksasas; vasunam—of the Vasus; pavakah—fire; ca—also; asmi—I am; meruh—Meru; sikharinam—of all mountains; aham—I am.
TRANSLATION
Of all the Rudras I am Lord Siva; of the Yaksas and Raksasas I am the lord of wealth [Kuvera]; of the Vasus I am fire [Agni], and of the mountains I am Meru.
PURPORT
There are eleven Rudras, of whom Sankara, Lord Siva, is predominant. He is the incarnation of the Supreme Lord in charge of the modes of ignorance in the universe. Among the demigods Kuvera is the chief treasurer, and he is a representation of the Supreme Lord. Meru is a mountain famed for its rich natural resources.

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