Chapter 10 Vibhuti Vistara Yoga Verse 25
Anantashchaasmi naagaanaam varuno yaadasaamaham;Pitreenaamaryamaa chaasmi yamah samyamataamaham.
I am Ananta among the Nagas; I am Varuna among water-Deities;
Aryaman among the manes I am; I am Yama among the governors.
Continuing the comparisons, Lord Krishna in this shloka compares Himself to Nagas, different water-deties, the manes and the governors. The first comparison here is with the Nagas and He compares Himself with Ananta, which is also called as Shesh Nag. Amongst the water-gods He compares Himself with the great Varuna, who is also called as the god of rains. Then in the next part of the shloka, Lord compares Himself to manes or the ancestral gods. Amongst them He compares Himself with Aryaman. And finally amongst the governors who govern different entities He compares Himself to the great Yama dharma raja.
Extending Interpretation to Mankind’s Life!
Nagas are the great serpents whom we have studied in the previous shlokas. Ananta is also called as Ananta-shesha which also means the endless. Shesha is nothing but the great serpent on who Lord Vishnu is seen to be resting along with the Goddess Lakshmi. Shesha is the tamasic energy of the Lord Narayana and he is said to have existed even before the creation of the Universe. The next comparison he makes is with the water deities and the most important amongst them is Varuna who is called as the rain-god and the god who rules all the oceans. Even today in many parts of the country, there is a custom to pray to Varuna whenever there is a shortage of rain and he is believed to bring the abundance of rain.
The next thing am going to introduce are the manes, who are also called as ancestral gods. They live in pitru lokas or the upper realms of the bhu lokas. There are seven manes who guard these pitru lokas. Amongst them Aryaman is the Chief. Lord compares Himself to Him. And finally we all have heard about the great Yama. He is an important governor who governs the Yama loka, where people who commit sins would go. Yama is considered to be the lord of justice and he gives the right kind of punishment to every individual who deserves it and he is the one who maintains the harmony and order in the universe.