Sep 9, 2008


असंख्येयोऽप्रमेयात्मा विशिष्टः शिष्टकृच्छुचिः।

सिद्धार्थः सिद्धसंकल्पःसिद्धिद सिद्धिसाधनः॥

അസംഖ്യേയോ അപ്രമേയാത്മാ വിശിഷ്ട ശിഷ്ടകൃച്ഛുചിഃ

സിദ്ധാര്‍ത്ഥ സിദ്ധസങ്കല്പ സിദ്ധിദ സിദ്ധിസാധനഃ

அஸங்க்யேயோ அப்ரமேயாத்மா விசிஷ்ட சிஷ்டக்ருச்சுசி

சித்தார்த்த சித்தசங்கல்ப சித்தித சித்திசாதன

ಅಸಂಖ್ಯೇಯೋ ಅಪ್ರಮೇಯಾತ್ಮಾ ವಿಶಿಷ್ಟ ಶಿಷ್ಟಕೃಚ್ಚುಚಿಃ

ಸಿದ್ಧಾರ್ಥ ಸಿದ್ಧಸಂಕಲ್ಪ ಸಿದ್ಧಿದ ಸಿದ್ಧಿಸಾಧಾನಃ

అసంఘ్యేయో అప్రమేయాత్మా విశిష్ట శిష్టకృచ్చుచిః

సిద్ధార్థ సిద్ధసంకల్ప సిద్ధిద సిద్ధిసాధనః

asankhyeyo-aprameyaatmaa visishtah sishta-krit-suchih

siddhaarthah siddhasankalpah siddhidah siddhisaadhanah.

247. Asankhyeyah - Sankhyaa means number; Asankhya=numberless. Asankhyeyah is one who has numberless names and forms. The infinite variety of things and beings that constitute the manifested Universe are all His Own Form, and hence He is indeed numberless, whom He expresses Himself as the Universe. In the 11th Chapter of Geeta, we see through Arjuna’s eyes the Cosmic Form of the Lord. Of boundless forms on every side with numberless arms, stomachs, mouths and eyes-neither end nor middle, nor beginning do I see, O Lord of the Universe.
248. Aprameya-Atmaa - Prameya=Pramaana Vishaya- anything that can be known through any of the “Sources-of-knowledge”-direct or indirect. Atman, the Self, cannot be apprehended by the intellect through any of the known “Sources-of-Knowledge” (Pramaana) and so He is called as Aprameya. One who has this nature is the Self, Aprameya-Atmaa, Sri Narayana.
249. Visishtah - The One who transcends every- thing, in His Glory is the Supreme (Visishtah). Something that is other than the three bodies, something other than the five kosas, something definitely different from the finite world of perishable things is the Infinite Self-which cannot be defined in terms of either the waking or the dream or the sleep conditions. The Self is something other than all these: This Supreme-most Truth is Maha Vishnu.
250. Sishtakrit - One who governs; One who is the Law Maker and the Law that governs the universe. The goal of His administration is the protection of the good (Sishtah). Maha Vishnu is the Governor of all, and the Protector of the good.
251. Suchih - One who is Pure. The immaculate Reality which is never contaminated by the Maayaa and its by- products is Maha Vishnu. When dirt (Mala) exists upon anything, it becomes unclean. In the Absolute Oneness there can be nothing other than itself and therefore the Fourth-plane-of- Consciousness (Tureeyam) is indicated in our Scriptures as the Transcendental Ever-Pure Self, Sri Hari.
252. Siddhaarthah - One who has gained all that has to be gained and achieved all that has to be achieved. That which has to be achieved in life during an individual’s existence have all been classified under four heads and they are called as the four “aims of life” (Purushaartha). Theyare Righteousness in conduct, (Dharma), Wealth and Possession (Artha), desires and ambitions (Kaama), liberation from imperfections (Moksha). One who has gained all these “four” have nothing more to gain as there cannot be any sense of imperfection in Him. One who has gained (Siddhah) all that has to be gained (Arthah) is Siddhaartha, Lord Vishnu.
253. Siddhasankalpah - Sankalpa means “intellectual willing and wishing”. One who gains all that He wishes for, or One who immediately gains what He wills is called Siddha-sankalpah. Ordinarily we fail to gain what we demand because of the disintegration within ourselves. The Lord, the Perfect, is One who instantaneously gains all that He wishes; hence the Upanishads define Him as the Satya Sankalpavaan. This great Paramesvara of the Upanishads is the Maha Vishnu, the theme of the “Thousand Chants’ (Sahasranaama).
254. Siddhiddah - One who is the Giver of the appropriate reward for all actions, for those who are doing spiritual practices. Lord Narayana is the great Universal Power that brings about the reward for all actions.
255. Siddhi-Saadhanah - One who is the very secret force which enables the seeker to diligently continue all efforts of his seeking. Siddhi ordinarily means “fulfilment”, here it means all efforts at a given fulfilment. It is also interpreted by some as the One Mighty Reality, to worship at whose altar is the very means (Saadhana) for all achievements (Siddhi), and this is 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