Chapter 7 Shloka 8: O son of Kunti, I am the taste of water, the light of the sun and the moon, the syllable om in the Vedic mantras; I am the sound in ether and ability in man.

Why did Krishna not clarify that he's talking about the reflected light of the sun coming from the moon?

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    If your question is based on science, science is yet to prove that Krishna is light of sun, and yet to prove that there is Krishna. Irrelevant question. Think from a spiritual level and then you'll see the light coming from moon and you'll also see Krishna in that.
    – Kanthri
    Jul 4, 2021 at 5:13
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    He is making reference that He is the source of the light. That He is the source of everything. Jul 4, 2021 at 5:32
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    You are reading poetry, okay. Do not forget that. It is not an essay. Moon light is a very common poetic expression. Jul 4, 2021 at 5:38
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    @r-kaushik may be you need to post a question and answer why vishanava ithihasa is not for reading! bold claim; need to be substantiated.
    – Kanthri
    Jul 4, 2021 at 12:11
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    @R.Kaushik That's very unfair. Did they give a reason as to why your answer was deleted?
    – Lokesh
    Jul 5, 2021 at 10:25

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This is unnecessary complicating of a poetic language used in the gita. If someone says your face is like moon, it doesn't mean you have 16 scars on your face. Most probably IMHO, Krishna was speaking poetically saying I'm all the light that there is. In the light of Sun and in the light of Moon

If at all you want to philosophise this, then it can mean that Krishna is saying that, He's the original light and the reflected light. As both a the property of producing light and reflecting light is possible only if God allows so.


Well, I asked only because if someone else asks me this, I should have an answer. Here is how I justify it -

  1. Krishna did not use plural or separate the two lights as different from each other. He did not say "I am the light of the Sun and the light of the moon" OR "I am the lights of the sun and the moon". Singular use of the word light signifies that he knows that it's the same light.

  2. Once you borrow something or once someone donates you something, it is yours. Moon takes/borrows light from the Sun and whenever we refer to light coming from the moon, we always say moonlight and don't say that it is sunlight or reflected sunlight. We use the term moonlight. So even if Krishna meant it as separate, it is separate since it now belongs to the moon.

Will add more thoughts as and when Krishna blesses my intellect. Hare Krishna fellow jivas!

Source: My brain

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    Wow... mind blowing.
    – Lokesh
    Jul 5, 2021 at 10:18
  • You should cite sources.
    – TheLittleNaruto
    Jul 7, 2021 at 7:51
  • @TheLittleNaruto Source of what? The shloka itself is from Chapter 7, shloka 8 as written in the question itself. And as for the answer, it is from me with Krishna's help. Jul 7, 2021 at 11:40
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    Jul 7, 2021 at 12:21
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