by Ramchandra Keshav Bhagwat | 1954 | 284,137 words | ISBN-10: 8185208123 | ISBN-13: 9788185208121
This is verse 10.34 of the Jnaneshwari (Bhavartha-Dipika), the English translation of 13th-century Marathi commentary on the Bhagavad-Gita.—The Dnyaneshwari (Jnaneshwari) brings to light the deeper meaning of the Gita which represents the essence of the Vedic Religion. This is verse 34 of the chapter called Vibhuti-yoga.
Verse 10.34: “Death the All-ravisher I am, and also the Originating-cause of those that are to be. Of the women I am (their) Good Report, Grace, Eloquence, Presence-of-mind, Retentive-power, Endurance, and Forgiveness. (274)
Commentary called Jnaneshwari by Jnaneshwar:
I create all beings, I am their support too, and when they meet with their appointed end, I am their till-devouring death. Amongst things viewed as of female sex, I have seven principal manifestations; and with delight I shall speak of them which listen. Fame and renown that flourishes ever green, is the very image of My divine being, Oh Arjuna, while wealth and property when allied to generosity, is also Myself too. I am that power of eloquent speech, which being enthroned on the seat of reason, treads along the path of wisdom and insight.
And know this well, that I am the power by which men at sight of the world bethink themselves of Me, the author of their being. I am also the power of judging, that is alert in guarding self-interest. I am also the fortitude in the universe (that makes men endure), as also the forgiveness.
In this way, there are seven manifestations of mine in the female kind,” said the Lord—the Lion—the destroyer of the elephant that is the form of mundane existence.