jiva swaroopa guna dhyuchit sukhOjas saha bala
yaaparOksha pradAta vashatkAra namO eMbe
sarvasyavashi mahAaiswarya jnAna yashas veerya
shreevairAgya guNakriya poorNavAgi uLLavane ||
There are many levels of meaning for every meaning and there are many meanings for each of the names of VishnuSahasranama.
The essence of the soul is called “jiva swaroopa”. Madhwa’s philosophy states that there are innumerable jivas and each jiva has its own individual essence and is different from other jivas. This can be easily validated through our expereince.If we examine our own life, our birth in a particular family, relationships, economic status, personal endowments like appearance, intelligence, talent and interest are all unique to ourselves . All of us will be agreed on the point that none of us chose our particular position in life and it just IS. This situation of being,”IS” is caused by Vashatkaara. He coaxes each one through their different experiences as per their inner essence and then endows them with sukha-bliss, bala- strength of health,wealth,knowledge, family etc and finally when that soul is ready He shows Himself to them. He is hence called,”praData” because He bestows the most excellent of gifts”aparOksha” which is seeing the Bimba roopa of the Lord inside ourselves. I bow down to this Vashatkaara again and again.
Now we may ask? What of some rebels? If they don’t want to accept what He is unfolding for them? To this the answer is “sarvavashi” He dispenses and everyone has to bow down to His wish. He has everything and everyone in control. The necessity to rebel arose in Hiranyakashipu and he rebelled and met his respective fate, which as per his essence. There is no question that Hiranyakashipu was following whatever directions seemed right to him in his mind and that mind is under the control of “Vashatkaara”.
“people are doing the best that they can from their own level of consciousness.”
― Deepak Chopra… a famous Indian America doctor and spiritualist.
This conciousness is from where each of us are impelled and that it under the control of Vashatkaara who impells and propels as per the jiva’s own essence.
Why only Vashatkaara? Could not any other person be behind this? To that the answer comes promptly- He is the only one complete with the requirements for such a massive task. We shall tackle one important question before we proceed?
What is this massive task?
For each jiva among those having bodies of different forms, different things give pleasure, they have different intelligences and the person who is control of who has to expereince what… has to know intimately about the essence of that person, and all the previous experiences of that person, the inherent strengths and weaknesses, the future journey of that soul and all that along with the same sets of data for all the co-actors of each experience. This is a huge and impossible task for any human being. We are limited in time, space and attributes . God , Hari, Vishnu, Vashatkaara is not limited. He is complete in all the six attributes which matter.The six are just pointers to indicate the infinite omnisceince and omnipotence of Hari.
They are as described in the Shruthis and referred to by Prasanna Shreenivasa Dasaru..
mahAaiswarya jnAna yashas veerya
Mahaishwarya is the all encompassing indepencdence and control on everything sentient and insentinet, jNana- complete knowledge of everything at all times and places, yashas-fame which shows His repertoire of successful actions in all times and places, veerya- His wish comes to fulfillment without fail. This follows from the fact that He is completely independent, has complete knowledge and impells all action. shree- the heights of bliss unreachable by anyone else. vairaagya- no hankering for any kind of thing,acheivement or relationship- This follows from the fact that He is in complete control of everything and is full of all attributes and there is nothing more that He needs to make Him complete.
He is thus the only entity who has the complete qualitites to design, create and bring to being the course of the journey of each jiva.