Sep 6, 2008


अग्रणीर्ग्रामणीः श्रीमान् न्यायो नेता समीरणः।
सहस्रमूर्धा विश्वात्मा सहस्राक्षः सहस्रपात् ॥

അഗ്രണീര്ഗ്രാമാണീഃ ശ്രീമാന്‍ ന്യായോ നേതാ സമീരണഃ
സഹസ്രമൂര്ധാ വിശ്വാത്മാ സഹസ്രാക്ഷഃ സഹസ്രപാത്

அக்ரணீர்க்ராமணீ ஸ்ரீமான் ந்யாயோ நேதா சமீரண
சஹஸ்ரமூர்தா விசுவாத்மா ஸஹஸ்ராக்ஷ ஸஹஸ்ரபாத்

ಅಗ್ರಣೀರ್ಗಾಮಣೀಃ ಶ್ರೀಮಾನ್ ನ್ಯಾಯೋ ನೇತಾ ಸಮೀರಣಃ
ಸಹಸ್ರಮೂರ್ಥಾ ವಿಸ್ವಾತ್ಮಾ ಸಹಸ್ರಾಕ್ಷ ಸಹಸ್ರಪಾತ್

అగ్రణీర్గ్రామణీః శ్రీమాన్ న్యాయో నేతా సమీరణః
సహస్రమూర్ధా విశ్వాత్మా సహస్రాక్ష సహస్రపాత్

agraneer-graamaneeh sreemaan nyaayo netaa sameeranah
sahasra-moordhaa visvaatmaa sahasraakshas-sahasrapaat

218. Agraneeh - One wh0 guides us to the end - the peak. Also the One, wh0 leads (Agra) the entire pilgrim- age-the Guide. He moves ahead and following His footsteps, keeping Him in our gaze, faithfully following Him, we shall reach the Goal and thus He is called as the leader, Vishnu.
219. Graamaneeh - One who controls, guides and leads the “Collection”, the “flock” (Graama). In Sanskrit Graama means “a collection of many number of things”.
220. Sreemaan - Sree means Light, Effulgence or glory. Consciousness has all these three, and therefore, Sreemaan means the Self, the Lord.
221. Nyaayah - The word in its direct meaning is “Justice”. In the spiritual world, it connotes logical arguments (Tarkaand) lines of contemplation (Yukti), which help us in arriving at the absolute experience indicated in the Sruti, are together called Nyaaya.
222. Netaa - the leader - one who protects, nurtures, nourishes and guides all living creatures in the world. One who is being the Superintendent of the machinery of life - (“Jagat-Yantra Nirvaahakah”)- Sankara.
223. Sameeranah - One who efficiently administers all movements of all living creatures. In the physical body, all physiological activities are controlled by the five ‘Praanaas’ and thus in the form of ‘Praanaas’ He who governs all movements of all living creatures in the universe is Maha Vishnu.
224. Sahasria-Moordhaa - One who has endless number of heads. All living creatures are His manifestations and He Himself is the One who has become the many. Therefore all heads are His, just as in a factory the proprietor considers all the employees as his own ‘hands’. Here the term Sahasra means innumerable.
225. Visvaatmaa - The very Soul of the universe; the very inner Essence in all living creatures.
226. Sahasraakshah - In describing the macro- cosmic form of the Lord we have an endorsement of this declaration in the Bhagavad Geeta.
227. Sahasrapaat - In the Purushasookta of the Rig-Veda, the same terms are used in describing the Infinite Form of the Mighty Truth: (“The Purusha is thousand-headed, thousand-eyed, and thousand-footed.”) The “many heads” (224), “many eyes” (226), “many legs” (227), together indicate that, through all these equipments of thinking (head), of action (leg) and of perception (eyes), the Thinker, the Doer and the Seer, the One Infinite Consciousness expresses everywhere, in all forms, at all times, and He is Lord Vishnu.



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