TEXT 21
ādityānām ahaṁ viṣṇur
jyotiṣāṁ ravir aṁśumān
marīcir marutām asmi
nakṣatrāṇām ahaṁ śaśī
SYNONYMS
ādityānām—of the Ādityas; ahamI am; viṣṇuḥthe Supreme Lord; jyotiṣāmof all luminaries; raviḥthe sun; aṁśumān—radiant; marīciḥMarīci; marutām—of the Marutas; asmi—I am; nakṣatrāṇām—of stars; ahamI am; śaśī—the moon.
TRANSLATION
Of the Ādityas I am Viṣṇu, of lights I am the radiant sun, I am Marīci of the Maruts, and among the stars I am the moon.
PURPORT
There are twelve Ādityas, of which Kṛṣṇa is the principal. And among all the luminaries twinkling in the sky, the sun is the chief, and in the Brahma-saṁhitā the sun is accepted as the glowing effulgence of the Supreme Lord and is considered to be one of His eyes. Marīci is the controlling deity of the heavenly spaces. Among the stars, the moon is most prominent at night, and thus the moon represents Kṛṣṇa.

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