Vishnu Sahasranama

Shree Vishnave namah-We shall apply a little of the implications of the meaning of this roopa of Hari to the work involved in the making of proteins, the basic building blocks of the cells of all living beings. This is not a class in science, but to pique your interest in the marvellous activities going on inside every living thing. A picture to understand the complexity of the cell membrane and the structures of amino acids.

Vishnu -The meaning of this name as described by Shree Prasanna Shreenivasa dasaru -who is the driving force for exceptional and unique actions, is so qualified uniquely because of His infinite,limitless strength, I down down to that Vishnu. He is the Trivikrama who is always soaring above the boundaries of space,time and material. In his avatara as Vamana , He portrayed this by taking three steps , rising to show Himself as Trivikrama in a matter of no time(timeless), conquering the entire universe in a step, and reaching to unknown heights of the Brahmanda in the next step and then accepting Bali’s surrender in the next(boundless) .Ah! How limitless He must be in all the different strengths that may be required to accomplish this?

visheshadi chehTegala mADisuvavanu neenu

asama urubalAdi roopa vishnu namastubyam

dEshakAlavastu sarva vyApisiha trivikrama

sushubaroopadi pAdakramaNa mADidi vishnO||

Amino acids are used in every cell of our body to build protiens which we need to survive. Even simple structures in the membrane need protiens. There are as many as 100 thousand kinds of protiens in our body and each of these require different combinations of amino acids to be manufactures. Further each amino acid is a complex combination of chemicals which need to be precisely bonded to obtain the required results.

Let us reconcile this action with the understanding of the name Vishnu.

To obtain any kind of result, some action is required. All action needs a thinking entity with intelligence to make it happen.In one human beings who has approximately 37.2 trillion cells, with cells being of different kinds, performing different actions incessantly and being replenished at periodic intervals, we can see the unimaginable number of intelligent decesions required to make this happen seamlessly in one body. It makes one wonder ,”What could be the magnitude of energy, knowledge, precesion in time as per requirements needed for making this happen even in one human body, then what of all the people in the world? And not just humans all fomrs of life needs such living cells made of protiens of different kinds albeit of different modes of synthesis for different kinds of organs. This a timeless activity which keeps going on and one relentlessly and creatures in the world are diverse not just in their inherent make-up but their places of survival- in the deep sea, inside the depths of the earth, aaaargh! inside the human stomach, inside the mouth , in the air …………………. . By looking and observing and relating it with the Shruthis which proclaim Hari as Vishnu, the limitless one we can arrive at the conclusion that the limitless force we just became aware of through a little scientifc enquiry(Ha! Ha very superficial no doubt) but sufficient, to wonder about !

It is no wonder the ancients called the Lord- Vishnu who designs and implements immense and unique actions

Author: Parimala R

I am a student of Madhwa's philosophy and a listener of the expositions of Shri Madhwa's works through my gurugalu Shri Bannanje Govindacharya .This blog is an attempt to express the jewels contained in those along with the verses of a Haridasaru, Shri Prasanna Shreenivasa dasaru . I speak on the verses of the Harikathamruthasaara to students at my place and in the nearby Turahalli Rayar mutt and also on skype. I am also into studying the Bhagavad gita closely with a small group, since the past year, the source of study being the expositions of Shri Bannanje .

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