mrityuhu sarvaharashchaahamudbhavashcha bhavishyataam |
keertihi shreervaakcha naareenaam smritirmedhaa dhritihi kshamaa || 34 ||

I am death, destroyer of all. I am what emerges in the future. Among women I am fame, wealth, speech, memory, retention, fortitude and forgiveness.
mrityuhu : death
sarvaharaha : destroyer of all
cha : and
aham : I am
udbhavaha : emerges
cha : and
bhavishyataam : future
keertihi : fame
shreehi : wealth
vaak : speech
cha : and
naareenaam : among women
smritihi : memory
medhaa : retention
dhritihi : fortitude
kshamaa : forgiveness
We continue our journey through the manifestations of Ishvara. In order to remind us of the ephemeral nature of life, Shri Krishna says that among those forces that destroy things, Ishvara is death, the ultimate destroyer. Death is closely intertwined with time since everything is destroyed in the course of time.
In the Puranaas, Lord Shiva commences the act of dissolution by performing a dance called “taandava nritya”, his drum called “damru” in hand. After dissolution is complete, Ishvara then emerges as the creative principle to begin the next round of creation. Ishvara is the “stuff” of the universe, as well as the energy pervading it.
So far, we have come across several manifestations of Ishvara. At times, we may find hard to connect some of these manifestations because we are not familiar with them. Shri Krishna is careful to not alienate us. He now provides a list of qualities that we see in ourselves and in others every day.
These qualities are : keerti (name and fame on account of performing virtuous deeds), shree (beauty and wealth), vaak (refined speech), smiriti (memory of events), medhaa (ability to retain information that was read), dhriti (fortitude in the face of exhaustion) and kshama (forgiveness in the face of sorrow). In Sanskrit grammar these words are feminine nouns. Shri Krishna says that Ishvara manifests himself as one or all of these qualities in people.