Shree Bhagavaan uvaacha:
hanta te kathayishyaami divyaa hyaatmavibhootayaha |
praadhaanyataha kurushreshtha naastyanto vistarasya me || 19 ||

 
Shree Bhagavaan said:
Of course. I will tell you my most significant divine expressions, O best of the Kurus. For there is no end to the extent (of my expressions).

 
hanta : Of course
te : you
kathayishyaami : I will tell
divyaahaa : divine
hi : for
aatma : my
vibhootayaha : expressions
praadhaanyataha : significant
kurushreshtha : O best of the Kurus
na : no
asti : is
antaha : end
vistarasya : extent
me : my
 
So far, Arjuna expressed interest and enthusiasm for hearing Ishvara’s manifestations and expressions in detail. Shri Krishna, delighted with Arjuna’s request, replied by saying “hanta”. The word hanta has three meanings. It is used to express excitement, wonder or dejection. In this context, Shri Krishna was happy and eager to speak about Ishvara’s glories, so the meaning here is with regards to excitement.
 
Let us go back to our electricity example. There are thousands upon thousands of objects that use electricity. It is impossible to enumerate all of them. But it is possible to list those objects that are mighty, powerful, or have the capacity to elicit wonder and awe. Similarly, Shri Krishna admitted that though it would not be possible to list all of Ishvara’s glories and expressions because they are infinite. However, he would be able to list the most significant ones.
 
As we go through the list of Ishvara’s expressions in the upcoming shlokas, we may tend to get carried away by the richness of the stories, the mythology, the history and so on. While that is good and has its place, let us not forget the main point, which is to keep our mind established in the thought that “Ishvara is in everything”.

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