Oct 10, 2008


महावराहो गोविन्दः सुषेणः कनकङ्गदी।

गुह्यो गभीरो गहनो गुप्तश्चक्रगदाधरः॥

മഹാവരാഹോ ഗോവിന്ദഃ സുഷേണഃ കനകാങ്ഗദീ

ഗുഹ്യോ ഗഭീരോ ഗഹനോ ഗുപ്തശ്ചക്രഗദാധരഃ

மஹாவராஹோ கோவிந்த சுஷேண கனகாங்கதி

குஹ்யோ கபீரோ கஹநோ குப்தஸ்சக்ரகதாதர

ಮಹಾವರಾಹೋ ಗೋವಿಂದಃ ಸುಷೇಣಃ ಕನಕಾಂಗದಿ

ಗುಹ್ಯೋ ಗಭೀರೋ ಗಹನೋ ಗುಪ್ತಶ್ಚಕ್ರಗದಾಧರಃ

మహావరాహో గోవిందః సుషేణః కనకాంగది

గుహ్యో గభీరో గహనో గుప్తశ్చక్రగాదాధరః

mahaavaraaho govindah sushenah kanakaangade

guhyo gabheero gahano guptaschakragadaadharah.

538. Mahaa-Varaahah - One who had manifested as the Great Boar. In order to heave up the world from the slush that formed naturally when the waters of the deluge receded. This is the third of the Lord’s incarnations.
539. Govindah - One who is to be known (Vid) through the declarations of the Vedanta (Go). In Vishnu Tilaka we read: Here, “Gobhih” means the statements and declarations of the Upanishads.
540. Sushenah - He who has a charming army. The army of Vishnu is called as His Ganas. They are mainly constituted of the great sages and hence, their compelling enchantment.
541. Kanakaangadee - The bright-as-gold armlets. Armlets are ornaments worn on the upper arm covering the shoulder and the top portion of the arm.
542. Guhyah - The mysterious; the Profound. Due to the profound nature of the Truth even in the upanishads the essential theme is mysteriously secretive. Therefore, the entire Upanishadic literature is called as “the secret literature.” Vishnu is to be realised in the secret chambers of the heart, so He is called as the Supreme “Secret” (Guhya).
543. Gabheerah – “The Unfathomable.” Even the Upanishads declare that He is unknown. The limited human intellect cannot apprehend or visualise, or plumb the depth of, or unravel the mystery of His Wisdom, Power, Strength or Purity.
544. Gahanah - He is impenetrable; Imponderable. We cannot dash into the domain of His Nature Divine. Through surrender alone can we reach the realm of the Self.
545. Guptah - The Well-concealed. He is not easily revealed by words. Nor can the sense organs ever recognise Him. All the Upanishads repeatedly declare that the Self-being the very “subject,” the instruments of the body, mind and intellect can never apprehend Him. He can only be apprehended by a steady mind that has been purified by continuous meditation “Being the hidden nature of all beings he is not manifested.”
546. Chakra-gadaa-dharah - One who is the bearer of the Discus and the Mace. His Chakra is called Sudarsana; His Gadaa is called Kaumodakee. The ancient Acharyas have declared that the Discus represents the Mind and the Mace represents the Intellect.



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