Friday, 24 May 2013

Part 08 : Greatness of Vishnu Namam

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"Vishnu” saptham is used while referring sahasranamam of Sriman Narayanan.  Narayana Gayatri Mantram is “Om Narayanaya Vidmahe Vasudevaya Dhimahi Tanno Narayanah Prachoddayat”. Out of the three names referred in Narayana Gayathri Mantra- Narayanan, Vasudeva, Vishnu – Vishnu is used while referring sahasranamam of Sriman Narayana. . If the third saptham “Vishnu”  is itself of great importance and is used to refer the 1000 names of Vishnu as Vishnu sahasranamam then think of the greatness of the words – Narayanan and Vasudevan. This is explained as per kaimuthika niyayam - “ithuve ippadina athu yeppadi”. Out of these three namam Vishnu namam is eliyathu, valiyathu Narayana Namam.

The importance of the Narayana namam and these names/sounds/sapthams is very obvious due to the presence of these names in the Dwayam, Thiru Manthiram and Charama slokam. Narayana namam has always been kept as a secret by our poorvachariyargal.  Note that in Dwayam – the sounds are kept secret. It is advised to recite Dwayam silently. In the Thiru manthiram and charama slokam the meaning as been kept as secret.   At least charama slokam is accessible to people when they read Gita unlike dwayam and thirumanthiram which needs be obtained from an Acharyan. Vishnu Nama is referred everywhere even while referring the Moommurthi – Brahma, Shiva, Vishnu.

“dhAmOdharanai AmOtharamaRiya ?” -  Shiva and Brahma worship dAmodara declaring that it will be impossible for anyone to understand the true nature of dAmOdara. Azhwar says in pasuram(2.7.12) of thiruvAymozhi
dhAmOdharanaith thani mudhalvanai * njAlam uNdavanai *
AmOdharamaRiya * oruvarkkenRe thozhumavargaL **
dhAmOdharan uruvAgiya * sivaRkum thisaimugaRkum * 
AmOtharamaRiya? * emmAnai en AzhivaNNanaiyE
Oru idaichi kaiyil kattu pattu irukkum kannan(damodaran) patthiye therinchukulaina appuram yeppadi narayananai patthi therinchukka mudiyum.  Understanding the leelai of Kannan is the first step and understanding  Sriman Narayanan is the ultimate step.  Understanding Vishnu  Sahasranamam is like the first step and understanding Narayana Namam  is the ultilmate step.

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