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Lord Shri Vishnu Sahasranama Part: 97

Posted by kathavarta on November 18, 2009

Sanat sanatana-tamah kapilah kapir avyayah
Svastidah svastikrut svasti svastibhuk svasti-dakshinah ..96

896. Sanat: The word Sanat indicates a great length of time. Time also is the manifestation of the Supreme Being.
“The Beginningless and the Endless factor is He.” Time cannot condition Him. He, the Consciousness, illumines the very concept of Time and Space. He was, is and shall ever be-He being Changeless, Immutable.

897. Sanatana-tamah: Being the cause of all, He is more ancient than Brahma and other beings, who are generally considered eternal.
“The most Ancient.” It is from Him that the very intellect springs forth and thereafter one of the concepts of the intellect is Time. Therefore, He is the most’ Ancient,’ inasmuch as He was already there to be aware of even the first experience of the beginning of Time.

898. Kapilah: A subterranean fire in the ocean is Kapila, light red in colour.
The Lord Himself, manifested as the great Rishi Kapila, propounded the Sankhya philosophy. In the Gita, Bhagavan Sree Krishna declaring His own Glory, describes Himself: “I am Kapila among the great ones.”

899. Kapir: ‘Ka’ means water. One who drinks or absorbs all water by his Kapi, that is, the sun.
“One Who drinks water” -by one’s rays. The Sun it is that dries up everything, evaporating the water-content contained on the surface of the earth.

900. Avyayah: One in whom all the worlds get dissolved in Pralaya.
“The One in whom the entire Universe merges”-during the great deluge when the Total- mind-the Creator-rests. The Supreme Atman functioning through the Total-mind is the Creator, Brahmaaji-each mind being ruled by its own vaasanaas. The Total-vaasanaas in the Universe (Causal-Body) is Maya and the Supreme Self expressing through Maya (the Total-Causal-Body) is Ishvara. Therefore, Sree Narayana, as Ishvara, is the One into Whom the total world of experiences merges when the Total-mind rests during the ‘pause’ between two busy cycles of Creation and involvement in the projected world of thoughts-feelings-objects.

In the north this term is read as Avyayah where the meaning is clear: “Immutable”: and needs no explanation.

901. Svastidah: One who gives what is auspicious to devotees.
“One Who gives Svasti to all His sincere devotees.” A true devotee is one who has discovered his fulfilment in seeking and gaining the Infinite Bliss that is Sree Hari. Naturally, he comes to turn away from the realms of inauspiciousness. To the extent he is able to move into the Hari-Consciousness, he is to that degree in the Bliss- Experience. Therefore, the Lord is termed as the ‘Giver-of- Auspiciousness.

902. Svastikrut: One who works bestowing what is good.
As in many earlier terms which were preceded by the suffix ‘ Krit,’ here also, it expands into two meanings: “One Who brings Auspiciousness” -or “One who robs all Auspiciousness.” To the seeker who is moving towards the Narayana-Consciousness, his experience is of added joy and peace in life, but the one who seeks only sense-gratification and so moves away from the Reality, to him the experience is more and more sorrow, agitations, tears and tragedies-total inauspiciousness. The indeclinable (Avyaya) Sanskrit word ‘Svasti’ means Auspiciousness.

903. Svasti: One whose auspicious form is characterized by supreme Bliss.
“One Who is the Source of all Auspiciousness” -as He is Himself the Auspicious. In essence His Nature is Sat-Chit-Aananda so there can be no cause for inauspiciousness therein. The individual functions within the powers of His avidyaa and so is under the infatuation of Maya, while the Lord rules over Maya and plays out through Maya.

904. Svastibhuk: One who enjoys the Svasti mentioned above or who preserves the Svasti of devotees.
“One who constantly lives in His Experience a perpetual sense of holy Auspiciousness”-as it is His very nature-divine. It can also be interpreted as “One Who showers Grace and makes His devotees constantly experience Auspiciousness in their loving Narayana- centred hearts.”

905. Svasti-dakshinah: One who augments as Svasti (auspiciousness).
Lord is ever engaged in smartly distributing Auspiciousness. The word ‘Dakshinaa’ has, apart from the meaning of ‘gift,’ also a meaning: “One who is efficient and quick.” Therefore, the term indicates that Sree Narayana quickly and efficiently will reach His sincere seekers to give them the experience of Auspiciousness which is the Lord’s very nature.

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