Chapter 10: The Opulence of the Absolute
adityanam aham visnur
jyotisam ravir amsuman
maricir marutam asmi
naksatranam aham sasi
ädityänäm—of the Ädityas; aham—I am; viñëuù—the Supreme Lord; jyotiñäm—of all luminaries; raviù—the sun; aàçumän—radiant; maréciù—Maréci; marutäm—of the Marutas; asmi—I am; nakñaträëäm—of stars; aham—I am; çaçé—the moon.
Of the Ädityas I am Viñëu, of lights I am the radiant sun, I am Maréci of the Maruts, and among the stars I am the moon.
There are twelve Ädityas, of which Kåñëa is the principal. And among all the luminaries twinkling in the sky, the sun is the chief, and in the Brahma-saàhitä the sun is accepted as the glowing effulgence of the Supreme Lord and is considered to be one of His eyes. Maréci is the controlling deity of the heavenly spaces. Among the stars, the moon is most prominent at night, and thus the moon represents Kåñëa.