10.31 pavana: pavathAm asmi

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Chapter 10

<< Chapter 10 verse 30

SlOkam – Original

pavana: pavathAm asmi rAma: SasthrabhruthAm aham |
jhashANAm makaraS chAsmi srothasAm asmi jAhnavI ||

word-by-word meaning (based on puththUr krishNamAchArya swAmy’s thamizh translation)

pavathAm – among the movable objects
pavana asmi – I am wind
Sasthra bhruthAm – among the weapon bearers
aham rAma – I am rAma (the son of dhaSaratha chakravarthi)
jashANAm – among the big fishes living in water
makara cha asmi – I am makara fish
srOthasAm – among the rivers
jAhnavI aham – I am gangA (the daughter of jahnu rishi)

Simple Translation (based on puththUr krishNamAchArya swAmy’s thamizh translation)

I am wind among the movable objects; I am rAma (the son of dhaSaratha chakravarthi) among the weapon bearers; I am makara fish among the big fishes living in water; I am gangA (the daughter of jahnu rishi) among the rivers.

Rendering based on ALkoNdavilli gOvindhAchArya swAmy’s English translation of gIthA bhAshyam

‘Of fluids, I am Pāvana; of the wearers of weapons, I am Rāma; of the finny tribe, I am the dolphin; of rivers, I am Jāhnavī1.’

Of those which are fluidic, I am Pāvana=wind. Of weapon-bearers (of warriors), I am Rāma. Unlike other manifestations (which are indirect) Rāma here is a direct manifestation. Rāma thus being directly the Lord Himself, the manifested aspect in ‘I am Rāma’ being the manifestation of wearing weapons. In indirect manifestations, such as ‘of Ādityas, I am Vishṇu’ etc, Ādityas etc, are kshetra-jñas or jīvās (individual souls) and constituting the body of the Lord —Who is their Soul —they are in the relation of attributes to Him, like the weapons (in this case) forming attributes to Rāma (the direct Incarnation of the Lord).

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  1. Ganges, the daughter of Jahnu Rishi. (Vide Vishṇu: Pur: IV.7-3,4.

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