Salutations to Lord Vishnu (Narayana)
Vishnu, (from the Sanskrit root ‘vish’, to pervade) is the second god of the Hindu triad (see Trimurti) and as the preserver of the universe represents mercy and goodness. He is said to be the cosmic ocean nara, meaning water, which was the only thing in existence before the creation of the universe. For this reason, he is also known as Narayana, or ‘one who moves on the waters’.
“Vishnu’s consort is Lakshmi, the goddess of wealth and fortune.”
“What we require, therefore, is an omnibus formulation, a panacea for all ills and a KamadhEnu (the divine cow) that would provide us with all we need both here and in other worlds. This would be a one-stop-shop for all our requirements, a single mantra of sufficient potency, which would ensure satisfaction of all our desires.
“Looking at our avarice and helplessness, Azhwars, the true spiritual scientists they are, have indeed discovered such an omnibus formulation. Unlike modern scientists who insist on keeping their discoveriesinventions to themselves, patent them and appropriate to themselves all the attendant benefits, Azhwars, in their anxiety to ensure the upliftment of the suffering masses, proclaim their discovery from the rooftops, for all to hear and benefit.
“The potency of this formulation is such that it bestows on us the benefits of good birth and unlimited wealth, guarantees freedom from troubles and travails that plague the average man on the street, and, after ensuring a full and satisfied life, also transports us to the Eternal Land from where no one returns to this world of misery and misfortune. It is a mantra guaranteed to confer 100% satisfaction, says Sri Thirumangai Mannan-
“It is the mother who, even without being requested, anticipates every need of her child and fulfils them fully and in time. This mantra, however, is greater in glory than even the mother, for, while the mother can cater only to one’s material needs, this mantra takes care of our spiritual health too.
“Like a potent medicine that not only eradicates the crippling illness but also ensures a disease-free life, this mantra too rids us of troubles when they plague us and reserves for us an existence of unalloyed bliss. Even if one doesn’t require anything from life and is perfectly satisfied with what it has to offer, this mantra can be recited for the pure pleasure it offers and for its own sake, says Sri Kalian-
“Sri Satakopa Muni, for instance-he swears on all that he holds holy that the Narayana mantra is the one for us, if we wish to meditate on the Lord’s lotus feet-
“This glorious formulation is indeed a mirror, which reflects the ParamAtma, in all His glory, with astounding clarity.”
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