Monday, July 19, 2010

Dear All,

It is with great regret that i must inform those who read this blog:
Unfortunately, am not in a position now to access the material for this blog.
By the grace of Perumal, i will continue writing, but i do need a short hiatus now.
Bear with me!
When i find myself in a better position to do justice to the subject, i'll write here.

(btw, my other blog does continue to be active, by the grace of Krishna: )

Till then,
Yours sincerely,
(Forever) In Love With Krishna

Monday, June 21, 2010

The Questionnaire

The Vishnu Sahasranamam is a work by a devotee, for a devotee, and of the devotees, and as usual, orchestrated by the Lord Himself.
The questions were posed by Yuddhishtir, who was sent to Bhishma by Lord Krishna Himself, to solve his doubts.
The answers were given by Bhishma, who was awaiting the time when he would reach the lotus feet of the Lord, and perhaps, chanting the Lord's names was the Lord's way of cleansing his soul.
The compilation is by none other than Ved Vyasa.
So, whatever a devotee seeks, the Lord arranges it for him/her.
Yuddhishtir wanted knowledge, he got it.
Bhishma desired salvation, he too got it.
We are lucky, as He predicted that we will be asking for this and that, and so He arranged for this gem of a compilation through Veda Vyasa.
Let us all seek Him!

Now, what did Yuddhishtir ask?
1. "kim ekam dhaivatam loke?
(Who is the greatest Lord in the world?)

First, Yuddhishtir begins by asking what a kid would ask!

2. kim vaapyekam parayanam?
(Who is the one refuge of all?)
Now, caught in the troubles of the world!

3. stuvantam kam prApnuyuh mAnavah subham?
(By glorifying whom, can man attain peace and prosperity?)
The lookout for 'achievement' in life, and help in that very process!

4. kam arcanat prApnuyuh mAnavaah subham?
(By worshipping whom can man reach auspiciousness?)
The lookout for a 'meaning' in life! Who will provide it?!

5. kO dharmah sarva dharmANaam bhavatah paramO matah?
(What is, in your opinion, the greatest Dharma(relegion)?)
Searching for knowledge on 'relegion'.

6. kim japam mucyatE jantur janma samsAra bandhanAth?

(By doing Japa of what, can creature go beyond the bonds and cycle of birth and death?)
Last but not the least, how do I releive myself from this turmoil of birth, and death, and this in-between thing called 'life'?

Yuddhishtir progresses from the most straightforward of questions, and then stacks the intensity.
Poor Bhishma, lying on a bed of arrows!
What would he tell this rather inquistive king?
To be continued...

Vishnu Sahasranamam

What is the Vishnu Sahasranamam?
The Vishnu Sahasranaamam was composed by Shri Veda Vyasa.
In the Mahabharata, Bhishma Pitamaha spoke to Yuddhishtir the 1000 names of Lord Narayana, and it was put in its present lyrical form, thanks to the poetic genius of Ved Vyasa.
In this blog, i intend to give the English translation/meaning of the names of the Lord.
It is not my personal work, but what i have put together by reading from different sources.
As someone who is in the habit of reciting these 1000 names on a regular basis, being enlightened with their meanings was an eye-opener of sorts. i must say that am still in the learning process, but i wish to share what i do know with the people who come across this blog!
From my next post, by the grace of the Lord, i'll post the Sanskrit slokas with their English meanings.