indraḥ pracodayat kruddho
vākyaṁ cāheśa-māny uta
gaṇam — the group; sāṁvartakam nāma — named Sāṁvartaka; meghānām — of clouds; ca — and; anta-kāriṇām — who effect the end of the universe; indraḥ — Indra; pracodayat — sent forth; kruddhaḥ — angry; vākyam — words; ca — and; āha — spoke; īśa-mānī — falsely thinking himself the supreme controller; uta — indeed.
Angry Indra sent forth the clouds of universal destruction, known as Sāṁvartaka. Imagining himself the supreme controller, he spoke as follows.
The word īśa-mānī here is very significant. Indra arrogantly considered himself to be the Lord, and thus he exhibited the typical attitude of a conditioned soul. Many thinkers in the twentieth century have noted the exaggerated sense of individual prestige characteristic of our culture; indeed, writers have even coined the phrase “the me generation.” Everyone in this world is more or less guilty of the syndrome called īśa-māna, or proudly considering oneself the Lord.