Sep 4, 2008


अमृत्युः सर्वदृक्सिंहः सन्धाता सन्धिमान्स्थिरः।

अजो दुर्मर्षणः शास्ता विश्रुतात्मा सुरारिहा॥

അമൃത്യുഃ സര്വദൃക് സിംഹഃ സന്ധാത്ത സന്ധിമാന്‍ സ്ഥിരഃ

അജോ ദുര്മര്ഷണഃ ശാസ്താ വിശ്രുതാത്മാ സുരാരിഹാ

அம்ருத்யு சர்வத்ரிக் ஸிம்ஹா ஸந்தாதா ஸந்திமான் ஸ்திர

அஜோ துர்மர்ஷண சாஸ்தா விஸ்ருதாத்மா ஸுராரிஹா

ಅಮೃತ್ಯುಃ ಸರ್ವದೃಕ್ಸಿಂಹಃ ಸನ್ಧಾತಾ ಸನ್ಧಿಮಾನ್ ಸ್ತಿರಃ

ಅಜೋ ದುರ್ಮಷಣಃ ಶಾಸ್ತಾ ವಿಶ್ರುತಾತ್ಮಾ ಸುರಾರಿಹಾ

అమృత్యుః సర్వదృక్సింహః సన్ధాతా సన్ధిమాన్ స్తిరః

అజో దుర్మర్షణః శాస్తా విశ్రుతాత్మా సురారిహా

amrityus-sarva-drik simhah san-dhaataa sandhimaan sthirah
ajo durmarshanah saastaa visrutaatmaa suraarihaa

198. Amrityuh – One who knows no decay Birth, growth, decay, disease and death, are the five great modifications through which every finite objects must necessarily pass. Everything born must perish. The one who has no birth has no death. The waves die but not the ocean. That which is Changeless in the changing whirls of matter is the Infinite Vishnu. In the Bhagavad Geeta, the Lord is emphatic: “He who sees the Changeless amidst the changing names and forms, He alone sees the meaning and purpose of life.”
199. Sarvadrik - The seer and knower of everything. The Consciousness that illumines all motives and intentions -and the manifested activities that spring from them - in each individual, at all times, is necessarily the Witness of all, the Seer of everything, Maha Vishnu.
200. Simhah - One who destroys. The Law be- hind all destruction and change in the Maayaa is the Mighty Lord. On transcending the Vehicles of the body, mind and intellect, at a time when all experiences of perceptions, emotions and thoughts are annihilated from us, the Experience left over is the Supreme. And in the Non-dual Supreme, there cannot be any object other than itself. Therefore, that “State” is called as the Total Destroyer. The State of Waking is the “destroyer” of the dream-world; the State of Sleep is the “destroyer” of the waking and the dream; the State of God Consciousness is the total “ Annihilator” of all the known three planes of Consciousness. He is Simhah - a word that has been formed by the mutual transposition of the letters in Himsaa. Even taking its obvious superficial meaning Vishnu is a Lion in our bosom, in as much as, He is the king of the forest of Samsaar: at the roar of Narayana all the animal-passions flee from the jungles of the mind. In the Geeta while describing His own Glory, the Lord says, “Among the animals, I am the King of animals, Lion.” -Geeta Ch. 10, St. 30.
201. Sandhaataa - The Co-relator, the Regulator, the One who co-relates the actions and their fruits. In fact, the fruit of an action is nothing other than the action itself; the action itself presents as its fruit in a different period of time, maturing under its own Law. This Great Law is the Lord, whom the devotee accepts as “The Giver of all fruits of action”.
202. Sandhimaan - The structural engineering of individuality is the mightiest of phenomenon available in nature. The Supreme is the Law and the Law-giver; and the Light of Consciousness functioning in the mind and intellect Itself is the individuality (Jeeva), that comes to suffer the good and bad results of the actions. Thus not only that it is He, who is the Giver of the results but It is He, again, Who is the enjoyer or the sufferer of the results. Hence He is called as the One who is apparently conditioned by the actions that emanate from Him, Sandhimaan, enjoyer (conditioned). In fact, He is the One presiding over and illumining all actions; the very Law of reaction Itself; the ensuing experience in all actions of all people, at all times. From the standpoint of our existence, with reference to our individual existence, the Divinity in us, for all appearances, seems to be conditioned; this Sandhimaan, the Jeeva in His own Pristine Purity is Maha Vishnu.
203. Sthirah - Firm, consistent. One who is ever consistent in His nature and One who remains changeless, at all times.
204. Ajah - Unborn. Ajah is also a term denoting the Creator, Brahmaaji; He who, in the form of Hiranyagarbha, apparently creates the delusory world of plurality is Vishnu.
205. Durmarshanah - One who cannot be attacked and vanquished. In the long run, everyone in his own maturity will have to come and accept and walk the path of Vishnu -He is the final Goal. In the lesser levels of evolution, the animal-man may deny himself the peace and joy of living the spiritual values, and deluded by the senses and enchanted by the flesh, he may live a life of sense-joys and temporary fulfilments. But soon enough irresistibly he will be seeking the “feet” of Vishnu for real happiness and true achievement. His also is the final victory and one can stand apart from Him in a victory over him.
206. Saastaa - One who rules over the universe, Not only that He is the Administrator of the laws of the Phenomenon but also He is the Saastaa. He is the One who, through Sastra, with firm hand, instructs and guides us through the righteous path, drives us along steadily to progress in cultural beauty and finally reaches us at the Great Goal of all evolutions: the Seat of Vishnu.
207. Visrutaatmaa - The famous term Aatmaa, famous in all the Vedas, is Vishnu. This term clearly shows that all the thousand terms, used herein, though can be considered for the Saguna worship of Vishnu, represent nothing other than the Pure Self, which is the famous theme of the Hindu Scriptures. Through hundreds of suggestive definitions, this Great Self has been successfully pointed out through declarations of Its Transcendental Nature and through statements of negation indicating what He is not.
208. Suraarihaa - Sura=“God of the Heaven”, Ari=“enemies”, Ha=“destroyer”. The Supreme is the Destroyer of the enemies of the gods. The sensuous claims of the flesh, the mild assertions of the ego, the nocturnal devils of i desires and passions, are the common enemies of the higher mind aspiring to evolve. When invoked with true devotion, He who drives away and destroys the inimical negative tendencies, and helps the devotee to master himself, is Suraarihaa, Sri Narayana.



Inspiration & courtesy:
Contribution of Shivkumar Kalyanaraman, Professor, Department of ECSE, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, Troy, New York, U.S.A.

Sanskrit script Courtesy:
Shri. N. Krishnamachari