अहं क्रतुरहं यज्ञः स्वधाऽहमहमौषधम्।
।।9.16।। मैं ऋक्रतु हूँ मैं यज्ञ हूँ स्वधा और औषध मैं हूँ? मैं मन्त्र हूँ? घी हूँ? मैं अग्नि हूँ और हुतं अर्थात् हवन कर्म मैं हूँ।।
So in this verse Lord Krishna describes some of His qualities concerning Vedic rituals. He is Kratu or Vedic rituals like Jyotishtoma which awards Swarga the heavenly planets He is Yagna or the act of daily propitiation enjoined in the Vedic scriptures He is Sraddha the food oblations offered to the departed ancestors and presiding deities He is ausadham the potency within the healing medicinal herb He is the mantra or the sacred verses chanted at the performance of all Vedic rituals He is ajam or the ghee which is clarified butter extracted exclusively from cows milk. He is the fire known as Ahavaniyas the sacrificial fire ignited from the consecrated fire. He is hutam denoting homan or the oblations offered into the fire and the ritual itself.