Chapter 10: The Opulence of the Absolute
devarsinam ca naradah
siddhanam kapilo munih
açvatthaù—the banyan tree; sarva-våkñäëäm—of all trees; devarñéëäm—of all the sages amongst the demigods; ca—and; näradaù—Närada; gandharväëäm—the citizens of the Gandharva planet; citrarathaù—Citraratha; siddhänäm—of all those who are perfected; kapilaù muniù—Kapila Muni.
Of all trees I am the holy fig tree, and amongst sages and demigods I am Närada. Of the singers of the gods [Gandharvas] I am Citraratha, and among perfected beings I am the sage Kapila.
The fig tree (açvattha) is one of the most beautiful and highest trees, and people in India often worship it as one of their daily morning rituals. Amongst the demigods they also worship Närada, who is considered the greatest devotee in the universe. Thus he is the representation of Kåñëa as a devotee. The Gandharva planet is filled with entities who sing beautifully, and among them the best singer is Citraratha. Amongst the perpetually living entities, Kapila is considered an incarnation of Kåñëa, and His philosophy is mentioned in the Çrémad-Bhägavatam. Later on another Kapila became famous, but his philosophy was atheistic. Thus there is a gulf of difference between them.