7.8 rasO’ham apsu kaunthEya

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Chapter 7

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SlOkam – Original

rasO’ham apsu kaunthEya prabhA’smi SaSisUryayO: |
praNava: sarvavEdhEshu Sabdha: khE paurusham nrushu ||

word-by-word meaning

kaunthEya – Oh son of kunthI!
aham – I
apsu – in water
rasa: (asmi) – am the good taste.
SaSisUryayO: – of moon and sun
prabhA asmi – I am the lustre.
sarva vEdhEshu – in all of vEdhams
praNava: (asmi) – I am the OmkAra.
khE – in ether
Sabdha: (asmi) – I am the quality of sound.
nrushu – in men
paurusham (asmi) – I am the masculinity

Simple Translation

Oh son of kunthI! I am the good taste in water. I am the lustre of moon and sun. I am the OmkAra in all of vEdhams. I am the quality of sound in ether. I am the masculinity in men.

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

‘The sapidity in water, Kaunteya[1. Matronymic for Arjuna.]! I am ; I am the light of the moon and the sun; (I), the Praṇava[2. The mystic symbol of Divinity and the technical name of AUM, consisting of three and a half instants; etymologically, pra = excessively, and ṇau = to laud; that by which God is
belauded and meditated on.] in all the Vedas, (I), the sound in space; (I), the masculinity in men.’

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