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The Book Of Vishnu

Author: Nanditha Krishna
Publisher: Penguin Books India
ISBN: 9780143067627
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Beginning with an investigation of the possible non-Vedic, Dravidian origins of Vishnu, this book describes his form, aspects and attributes, as well as his various incarnations, such as Matsya the fish, Kurma the tortoise, Vamana the dwarf and many more.

The Death Of Vishnu

Author: Manil Suri
Publisher: A&C Black
ISBN: 1408833255
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Vishnu, the odd-job man in a Bombay apartment block, lies dying on the staircase landing. Around him the lives of the apartment dwellers unfold - the warring housewives on the first floor, the lovesick teenagers on the second, and the widower, alone and quietly grieving at the top of the building. In a fevered state Vishnu looks back on his love affair with the seductive Padmini and comedy becomes tragedy as his life draws to a close.

Vishnu Sahasranama

Author: V. Ravi
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Vishnu means all pervading. Vishnu is the administrator of the universe. He puts in place, the laws of the universe and administers the universe strictly according to the law. He is a strict disciplinarian, yet highly compassionate in nature. He presides over all the seven planes of the universe. The abode of Vishnu is supposed to be the Supreme one. He has prescribed various paths through which one has to travel to reach His abode, the point of no return for a soul, known as liberation. He has been referred to in Vedas. Without Vishnu, no fire ritual is complete. He is quite often referred to as Purusha, the Supreme Soul. His famous sleeping posture on Ananta, the snake, who floats on the ocean of milk, is very well known. This posture is not merely a gross description, but has got subtle meaning. Ananta means infinite and the milk of ocean refers to the eternal bliss. He lies in the ocean of eternal bliss. Those who seek Him also enter the state of bliss at some point of time. He incarnates in different forms to destroy evil doers. His avatars occur whenever there is imbalance between morality and immorality. When immorality begins to dominate over morality He incarnates. His notable incarnations are Lord Rama and Lord Krishna. The scene of unfolding this great Sahasranama happened in the great epic Mahabharata authored by sage, Veda Vyasa. Bhisma was lying on a bed made of arrows awaiting his death. At that time, he was meditating on Krishna. Knowing this, Krishna asked Yudhishthira (eldest among Pandava brothers and known for his righteousness) to seek spiritual initiation from Bhisma and also told Bhisma to initiate Yudhishthira. Yudhishthira asks Bhisma kimekam daivatam loke meaning who is the Supreme Lord of the world. Bhisma replies by saying, that the purest, the most auspicious, the chief among the gods and the father of all the beings is the One who is Supreme, referring to Lord Vishnu. This conversation appears in the prrvabhag of this Sahasranama. The spiritual initiation of Yudhishthira by Bhisma is Vishnu Sahasranama. Krishna was also present when this happened and this Sahasranama was blessed by the Lord Himself. Vishnu is also known as Narayana. Garuda Purana (III.24.54, 55) explains the etymological meaning of Narayana. “As He is the resort of merits and demerits and as He abides in the waters of ocean, He is called Narayana. Water is also called nara (probably meaning cosmic water); as His Abode is water, He is called Narayana.” Vishnu is the most auspicious form of the Brahman. He is not only invoked during auspicious occasions, but also while performing funeral rites. At the time of conclusion of all rituals, the effect of the rituals are surrendered to Vishnu. Vishnu Sahasranama consists of three parts – purvabhag or the first part; stotrabhag or the main part from which one thousand names or nama-s are composed; and uttarabhag or the concluding part. The main part consists of 108 couplets from which all the 1000 nama-s are derived. Apart from these three parts, this Sahasranama has seven dhyana verses by which one can meditate upon His auspicious form. All the one thousand nama-s have been interpreted based on ancient Scriptures like Upanishad-s. Wherever possible, quantitation from Upanishad-s and other Scriptures have been used. Many of the nama-s are interpreted from the point of view of attaining Him to get liberation. Wherever needed, Sanskrit verses have been used along with IAST, for the sake of proper pronunciation.

Vishnu Purana

Author: B. K. Chaturvedi
Publisher: Diamond Pocket Books (P) Ltd.
ISBN: 9788171826735
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Author: Devdutt Pattanaik
Publisher: Penguin UK
ISBN: 9385990683
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How many avatars does Vishnu actually have? Is Buddha an avatar of Vishnu? What do Bodhisattva and Vishnu have in common? What do all of his avatars symbolize? Is there a connection between Vishnu’s avatars and Darwin’s theory of evolution? It is believed that Vishnu always comes to earth when Devi is suffering—Parashurama for Renuka, Ram for Sita. Another belief is that every time Vishnu takes an avatar, Devi too is born. A Vishnu avatar went on a rampage destroying all Kshatriyas, but also strives to protect the weeping earth goddess who appeared before him as a cow. Which of these many personas does Vishnu represent? Find out more about the rich symbolism of his multitude of personas in this short, sweet read from Devlok.

Seven Secrets Of Vishnu

Author: Pattanaik, Devdutt
Publisher: Westland
ISBN: 9789380658681
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It is significant that the stories of Vishnu rose to prominence after the rise of Buddhism. Prior to that, Hinduism was the religion of the elite-based complex rituals known as yagna and esoteric speculations captured in texts known as the Aranyakas and the Upanishads. Bestselling author Devdutt Pattanaik offers insights into the stories and pictures of Vishnu.

The Strides Of Vishnu

Author: Ariel Glucklich
Publisher: Oxford University Press
ISBN: 0195314050
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An accessible and comprehensive introduction to Hinduism combines historical material with key religious and philosophical ideas, supported by substantial quotations from scriptures and other texts, emphasizing archaeological as well as textual evidence.