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Lord Shri Vishnu Sahasranama Part: 108

Posted by kathavarta on May 10, 2011

Shankhabrun-nandaki chakri sharangadhnva gadadharah
Rathanga panirakshobhyah sarva-praharanayudhah ..107

993. Shankhabrun: One who sports the conch known as Panchajanya, which stands for Tamasahamkara, of which the five elements are born.

“One who has the divine conch named “Paanchajanya.” The word meaning is this term pancha-janya is “that which is born of the five” (sense organs), so it stands for the mind. Mind being the seat of ego, the sastras declare that the conch in the divine hand of Sree Narayana is the ego-factor (Ahamkaara-Tattva) in our personality.

994. Nandaki: One who has in His hand the sword known as Nandaka, which stands for Vidya (spiritual illumination).

The lord’s sword is called Nandaka. Therefore,this term indicates one who holds and wields the Nandaka sword. The word Nanda-kam mean “that which brings bliss.” The Sastras sing that the divine sword in the sacred hands of the lord hari represents the knowledge-Spiritual (Vidyaa-Tattva) with which the seeker can destroy all his “ignorance” of the self in him.

995. Chakri: One who sports the discus known as Sudarshana, which stands for the Rajasahamkara, out of which the Indriyas have come.

“one who carries the discus called Sudarsana.” The term Su-Darsana means “that gives the auspicious vision.” The shashtras attribute to this discus-Divine the representation of the human mind.

996. Saarnga-dhanvaa: “One who aims his unerring bow called Saarnga.”

This bow of Narayana is glorified in our texts as representing the Ego, as the ‘apex’ of all the sense organs, Ahankaara-Tattva. In this concluding Stanza, the instruments of Blessing in sree Narayana’s hands are remembered with reverence and devotion.

997. Gadadharah: One who has the mace known as the Kaumodaki, which stands for the category of Buddhi.

“One who holds his divine club (Mace) celebrated as Kaumodakee –which generates and spreads beauty and joy.” This Mace is described as representing the intellect in man (Buddhi-Tattva).

998. Rathangapani: One in whose hand is a wheel (Chakra).

“The traditional meaning is, of course, “One who has the ‘wheel of the chariot’ as his weapon.” This means the discuss which already has been mentioned in this very Stanza as Chakree. But, there are others who would like to interpret this term in other ways. In a glorification-Hymn or devotional-Chant, repetition is no sin; in fact, it should be quite natural.

999. Rakshobhyah: One who cannot be upset by anything, because He controls all the above-mentioned weapons.

“One who cannot be exasperated by anyone, by any act or acts, however blasphemous they may be.” One whose peace and calm cannot be stormed out by any happening in his outer world; Ever-peaceful. The term suggests Infinite patience, love and kindness towards man and his frailties.

1000. Sarva-praharana-yudhah: There is no rule that the Lord has got only the above-mentioned weapons. All things, which can be used for contacting or striking, are His weapons.

“He who has all implements for all kinds of assault and fight.” No enemy can surprise Him. The ‘conqueror of all.’ One who has weapons to meet any missile. However powerful.

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