SrI: SrImathE SatakOpAya nama: SrImathE rAmAnujAya nama: SrImath varavaramunayE nama:
ādityānām ahaṁ viṣṇur
jyotiṣāṁ ravir aṁśumān
marīcir marutām asmi
nakṣatrāṇām ahaṁ śaśī
‘Of the Ādityas I am Vishṇu: of the luminous orbs, the radiant Sun; of the Maruts, I am Marīchi: of the stars I am the Moon.’
Of the Adityas, who are twelve1 in number, the chief one bearing the name Vishṇu is Myself.
Of the shining lights in the Universe, I am the Solar group. Of the Maruts2-, the chief, by name Marīchi is Myself.
I am the Moon of the asterisms. The genetive case ‘of’ here is not used as specifying one out of many, but as one over all; Moon in the present instance being the Lord over all the stars; as exemplified again in ‘I am the intelligence of beings’ (Gītā: X-22) where, it means that what exists as intelligence in beings as apart from beings, is Myself.
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