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Fwd: VishNu Sahasranama

From: Narasimhan Krishnamachari (champakam_at_yahoo.com)
Date: Tue Sep 21 1999 - 21:46:20 PDT

Dear bhAgavata-s:

One devotee was kind enough to send me some comments
based on his reading of some of my earlier postings on
SrI vishNu sahasra nAmam.  I found it very interesting
and useful in giving additional perspectives on these
nAma-s, and am sharing them with you.

-dAsan kRshNamAcAryan
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--- Venkataraman <venkataraman@pacific.net.sg> wrote:
> Date: Tue, 21 Sep 1999 19:43:49 +0800
> From: Venkataraman <venkataraman@pacific.net.sg>
> Reply-to: venkataraman@pacific.net.sg
> Organization: Venkataraman
> To: Narasimhan Krishnamachari <champakam@yahoo.com>
> Subject: VishNu Sahasranama
> 
> Dear Sir,
> 
> Jagat-prasuuti-sthiti-nasa-hetave namaH.
> 
> I have been studying your posts on Sri Vishnu
> Sahasranama and
> benefitting from the efforts you are putting in to
> collate different
> interpretations given by different
> scholars.  I salute your marathon effort for the
> benefit of others.
> 
> As my own insignificant contribution (like the
> squirrel which is said
> to have contributed to the building of the Sethu), 
> may I bring to
> your kind notice some points which I came across
> during my aimless
> reading of books.  Pardon me if you find this
> irrelevant. Be assured
> that I am not trying to be irreverent.
> 
> 
> 1. Re: the nama *vashatkaraH* -- *va* is a
> mangalavachaka.  *shat* is
> six. vashatkarah perhaps refers to the six qualities
> called *bhaga* in
> bhagavan. 
> 
>
> 2.  Re:  the nama *mahaa maayaH*  ---  An example of
> how He cast his
> spell even over other mayaavis occurs in Srimad
> Bhaagavatam  X.6.8 :
> 
> vibudhya taam balaka-maarikaa-grahaM 
> cara-acara-atmaa''sa
> nimiilitekshanaH |
> 
> anantam-aaropayad-ankam-antakam  yathoragam
> suptam-abuddhi-rajju-dhiiH  ||
> 
> 
>  Puutanaa approached baby Krishna's cradle in
> disguise as a maayaavi.
> The cara-acara-atmaa recognised her to be a baby
> killer.  HE closed
> His eyelids and pretended to be asleep.  She lifted
> up the snake
> (sleeping ananta) and laid Him on her lap under the
> illusion that it
> was a harmless  piece of rope.  
> 
> Thus the Lord proved to be the greater mayaavi.
> 
> 
> 3.  Re:  The naama *mahabalaH* ---  Many instances
> of the Lord's
> superior bala can be talked of.  When RaavaNa tried
> to lift the Kailas
> mountain with his hands, the Lord merely pressed His
> big toe down and
> RaavaNaa's hands were crushed underneath the
> mountain.  The latter
> gave out a loud cry, which earned him the epithet of
> RaavaNa.  This
> story is given in Valmiki RaamaayaNam, uttara
> kaaNdam.
> 
> 
> naraayaNa naaraayaNa.
> 
> ---   V.M.Sundaram <venkataraman@pacific.net.sg
> 

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