today is
27 July
X:28 - aayudhaanaam aham vajram dhenoonaam asmi kaamadhuk prajanash chaa smi kandarpah sarpaanaam asmi vaasukih
X:29 - anantash chaa smi naagaanaam varuno yaadasaam aham pitreenaam aryamaa chaa smi yamah samyamataam aham
X:30 - prahlaadash chaa smi daityaanaam kaalah kalayataam aham mrigaanaam cha mrigendro ham vainateyash cha pakshinaam
X:31 - pavanah pavataamasmi raamah shastrabhritaam aham jhashaanaam makarash chaa smi srotasaam asmi jaahnavee
X:28 - Among weapons I am the thunderbolt; among cows I am the wish-fulfilling cow Surabhi; of procreators I am Kandarpa, the god of love, and of serpents I am Vasuki, the chief.
X:29 - I am Ananta among the Nagas; I am Varuna among water-Deities; Aryaman among the manes I am; among the dispensers of law I am Yama.
X:30 - And, I am Prahlad among the demons; among the reckoners I am time; among beasts I am their king, the lion; and among birds I am Garuda, the feathered carrier of Vishnu.
X:31 - Among the purifiers I am Pavana, the wind; Rama among the warriors am I; among the fishes I am the shark; among the streams I am the Ganga.
With great tact, wisdom and circumspection, lord Krsna introduces here objects and concepts that are generally regarded as 'evil' by man.
Weapons are evil, but God is the thunderbolt, the most terrible among them - equal to a number of 500-megaton hydrogen bombs together!
He is not only the celestial wish-fulfilling cow, but also the chief of poisonous and non-poisonous serpents.
He is the God of love whom sages and yogi's dread!
Even so, he is the shark, the lion, and so on.
All these have their own place in God's plan.
We do not remember this and hence we fear them and regard them as evil and unnecessary.
They seem to be unpleasant to our self-centred, self-loving and luxury-addicted personality and hence we hate them.
Yet the more we push them away, the more we cling to them.
'I am Yama among the governors' but for Yama (identified with death) this world would not even have standing room for the population, and the aged would be compelled to lead an existence worse than death.
Yama or death regulates all things in this world.
Without such a governor, the pendulum might swing too much towards one extreme.
There is great good within what we regard as evil; the inclusion of Prahlida's name in this list is indicative of this.
Though born of demoniacal ancestry, Prahlada was a great devotee of the Lord.
It is not from which genes we were born, but what we are that matters; and in all of us there is the highest divinity waiting to be revealed.
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The Song of God - Swami Venkatesananda - enlarged 4th edition – 1984 - published by The Chiltern Yoga Trust, Cape Town, South Africa

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