Chapter 10: The Opulence of the Absolute
rudranam sankaras casmi
vasunam pavakas casmi
meruh sikharinam aham
rudräëäm—of all the Rudras; çaìkaraù—Lord Çiva; ca—also; asmi—I am; vitteçaù—the lord of the treasury; yakña-rakñasäm—of the Yakñas and Räkñasas; vasünäm—of the Vasus; pävakaù—fire; ca—also; asmi—I am; meruù—Meru; çikhariëäm—of all mountains; aham—I am.
Of all the Rudras I am Lord Çiva; of the Yakñas and Räkñasas I am the lord of wealth [Kuvera]; of the Vasus I am fire [Agni], and of the mountains I am Meru.
There are eleven Rudras, of whom Çaìkara, Lord Çiva, 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.