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SrI vishNu sahasra nAmam - Slokam 70 - kAmI, kAntah.

From: Narasimhan Krishnamachari (champakam_at_yahoo.com)
Date: Wed Feb 20 2002 - 17:54:04 PST

              SrI vishNu sahasra nAmam - Slokam 70 - Part 2.

659. kAmI - a) He who has all things that are desirable.
	b) He who is of fulfilled desires.

a) SrI BhaTTar gives the interpretation that He is kAmI because He has
everything that is desired.  SrI v.v. rAmAnujan emphasizes the
abundance of all good things that He possesses, such that He can bestow
anything to the devotees that they want.

b) SrI Samkara gives the interpretation that He is kAmI because He is
One who has all His desires fulfilled (pUrNa kAma svabhAvatvAt).   He
is referred to as avApta-sarva-kAman.

660. kAntah - a) He Who is charming.
	b) He Who causes the end of brahma at the end of his period.
	c) He Who is present everywhere, and Effulgent. 

Om kAntAya namah.

We encountered this nAma earlier in Slokam 32 (nAma 297).

SrI BhaTTar gives the vyAkhyAnam - sa eva svayameva kamanIyah kAntah - 
By Himself He is fascinating.    Under the earlier occurrence of this
nAma, he indicates that this natural charm of bhagavAn is because of
His eternal saukumAryam, saundaryam, etc. - svayam saundarya,
saukumAryAdi rUpa guNaih.  SrI v.v. rAmAnujan refers us to nammAzhvar's
tiruvAimozhi - parugu innamudE  (7.1.7).  Unlike the deva-s who made
Him strain Himself by churning the ocean for getting the amRtam for
them, AzhvAr just wants to drink Him directly, because He is the amudam
Himself!  SrI rAmAnujan also gives reference to kulasekhara AzhvAr's
perumAL tirumozhi 8.2:  "kaNDavar tam manam vazha'ngum kaNa purattu en
karu maNiyE!" - Those who see Him in tirukkaNNapuram, just lose their
mind to Him and surrender to His beauty - such is His charm.

b) SrI Samkara gives an alternate interpretation - kasya brahmaNah
antah asmAt iti kAntah - Since He is the cause of the end of brahma at
the end of the parArdha (100,00 billion years), He is called kAntah  -
kasya antah kAntah).  

c) SrI satyadevo vAsishTha derives another interpretation based on the
root kani - dIpti kAnti gatishu, and gives the meaning that He is
around everywhere, and He is Effulgent. 

-dAsan kRshNamAcAryan


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