While writing commentary on Bhagavad Gita 11.15,

paśyāmi devāḿs tava deva dehe
sarvāḿs tathā bhūta-viśeṣa-sańghān
brahmāṇam īśaḿ kamalāsana-stham
ṛṣīḿś ca sarvān uragāḿś ca divyān
Translation: O God, I see assembled all the gods and various beings in your body, Lord Brahman, seated on a lotus seat, and all the dazzling Rsish and heavenly serpents.

But Vaishnava scholars translate ईशं (īśaḿ) as Shiva somehow. Which scripture(s) describe ईशं (īśaḿ) is Shiva? Or is it a form of Shiva? On what basis they put the word Shiva there?

  • Isha means lord which is one of the famous name of Shiva. Like Mahesh Maha +Isha, Parameshwar = Parama + Ishwar. Girisham Ganesham Suresham Mahesham. All these words have Isha in them. Mar 1, 2018 at 15:21
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    It is Isham. They are the same. Isham means who is Isha. rAmam means who is Rama. That is why you should proper transliteration. The word is Isham according to ITRANS ईशं in devanagari. Mar 1, 2018 at 15:57
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    Most of the Scriptures call Shiva as Isha and Ishwara. Tantra also mostly calls as "Isha Uvaacha" or "Ishwara Uvaacha" when Shiva speaks. Usually Vishnu or his incarnations are called as "Bhagawaan or ShriBhagawaan" . I will try to find a proper verses , I remember reading them some where.
    – user12826
    Mar 2, 2018 at 7:48
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    Btw, I've found that Ramanujacharya has also not used the word Shiva in his commentary
    – Pandya
    Oct 24, 2018 at 11:43
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    @Sarvabhouma Well, those discussion turned the shape of unfriendly debates and hence deleted. If you have an answer then write in the answer box.
    – Pandya
    Oct 25, 2018 at 11:11

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In HariVamsha, Bhavisya Parva, 89th Chapter, 47th verse. Lord Siva refers to himself as Isa.

Ka is a name of Brahma, and I (Siva) am known as Isa, because I am the master of all living entities who reside in material bodies. Because we are born from your body, you are therefore known as Kesava (the father of Brahma and Siva)

ka iti brahmano nama Iso 'ham sarva-dehinam avam tavanga-sambhutau tasmat kesava-nama-bhak


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