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Vaikuntha Dham - Abode of LORD VISHNU.
With the blessings of SHRI HARI and our revered Guru OM SWAMI, we invite you on a virtual tour of Vaikuntha Dham - Abode of LORD VISHNU, which consists of 1008 names of LORD VISHNU in Vishnu Sahasranama, expounding His greatness and venerating His attributes.

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Sahasranama

The main body of Sri Vishnu Sahasranama consists of 107 stanzas which contain the One Thousand names of Sri Maha Vishnu. Each one of the one thousand names refer to one guna (quality, characteristic, or attribute) of Paramatma. These names evoke a deep sense of bonding with the Lord.

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Incarnations of Vishnu Bhagwan

Shrimad Bhāgavata says that the original form of Mahā Viśnu is Nārāyanā which is the imperishable seed of various avatars and to which they all return (I.3.5). Shrimad Bhāgavata refers to 21 avatars of Narayana and the twenty second avatar Kalki is yet to come.

Generally, only ten avatars of Mahā Viśnu are often referred to. They are popularly known as dasa-avatars (dasa means ten). They are Matsya, Kūrma, Varāha, Narasimha, Vāmana, Varasurāma, Rāma, Kṛśna, Buddha and Kalki. Out of this ten, Kalki avatar is yet to happen, probably towards the end of kaliyug.

Following are the 22 avatars mentioned in Bhāgavata. They are Sanaka Kumarās, Vāraha, Sage Nāradā, Nara and Nārāyanā, Sage Kapila, Sage Dattatreya, Aakūti, Riśabadeva, Prithu, Matsya, Kurma, Dhanvantari, Mohini, Narasimha, Vāmanā, Paraśuramā, Sage Vyāsā, Rāmā, Balarāmā, Kriśna, Buddha and kalki (I.3.6-25).

Lord Vishnu takes the form of human and come down to the earth in order to save the mankind from the grasp of evil powers. It is known by all that Lord Vishnu has 10 avatars.

The whole spiritual journey is from being a vaman(tiny dwarf) to Virat (all encompassing). Notice the small v and big V.

Kurma

Matsya

Vishnu’s first avatar is Matsya which is a fish that symbolises Creation. The word “Matsyanyay”. Matsya means fish and Nyay means justice. In this Matsyanyay system it is not considered as injustice or unfair if a big fish devours a small fish.

Kurma

Kurma

The Kurma or tortoise is the symbol of balance between good and evil. It teaches us to maintain balance in whatever we do in life. If imbalance exists in whatever we do, the mission cannot be accomplished.

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Varaha

Varaha or wild boar symbolises the force. If the evil power cannot be controlled and goes beyond limitation then the use of force becomes the necessity. The Varaha Killed Hiranyaksh when he kept the Mother Earth inside the ocean and in this way Varaha saved Mother Earth.

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Vaman

This avatar of Vishnu gives us one important lesson and that is, one cannot have each and everything in life. There is a limitation in each and everything we do. So, we should not brag about even if we have got everything in the form of earthly things.

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Narsimha

Narsimha as the name suggests, was half lion and half human and he was symbol of wit and cleverness. It indicates that God is everywhere. All you need to do is keep your eyes wide open and keep him in prayers. God cannot be found in idols only, it is found in the hearts of pure people.

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Parshu Rama

Vishnu was born as Parshu Rama in order to save Brahmins from the hands of oppressor Kshatriya kings. By incarnating as Parshu Rama , Lord Vishnu wanted to tell the human race that a saint can resort to armed resistance against oppressors if need be. When the Brahmins were being tortured, executed and oppressed by the Kshatriya kings, Lord Vishnu appeared as Parshu Rama in order to save Brahmins from the clutches of Kshatriya kings.

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Rama

We often consider Rama as Maryada Puroshottom, which means Honourable Supreme Being. It represents a magnificent personality which follows code of conduct and ethics in whatever it does and achieves be it in the battlefield fighting against enemies or family life. Going beyond ethics and violating code of conducts is equivalent to sin to these kinds of personalities. What is the most important thing is that Rama represents a rigid kind of personality which follows a certain set of principles without flexibility.

Krishna

Krishna

Krishna is the most flexible and dynamic mythological character in Indian mythology. It teaches us to break rules if need be. It teaches us not to be confused when it comes to the question of performing duty, and not to hanker for results of action. Keep our focus on action instead. The most important lesson we have got from this character that we need to customise ourselves according the changing situation instead of clinging to the rigidity.

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Buddha

According to the Buddhist scholars, Buddha has never been avatar of Lord Vishnu. Without going to that controversy, it could have been said that Buddha preaches the idea of loving each other and love men and women alike putting aside all our prejudices based on casteism.

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Kalki

Kalki is described as the final incarnation of Vishnu, who appears at the end of each Kali Yuga. He will be atop a white horse and his sword will be drawn, blazing like a comet. He appears when only chaos, evil and persecution prevails, dharma has vanished, and he ends the kali yuga to restart Satya Yuga and another cycle of existence.

Please watch from 5.20 min till the end.

matsya

Matsya

Vishnu’s first avatar is Matsya which is a fish that symbolises Creation. The word “Matsyanyay”. Matsya means fish and Nyay means justice. In this Matsyanyay system it is not considered as injustice or unfair if a big fish devours a small fish.

Kurma

Kurma

The Kurma or tortoise is the symbol of balance between good and evil. It teaches us to maintain balance in whatever we do in life. If imbalance exists in whatever we do, the mission cannot be accomplished.

matsya

Varaha

Varaha or wild boar symbolises the force. If the evil power cannot be controlled and goes beyond limitation then the use of force becomes the necessity. The Varaha Killed Hiranyaksh when he kept the Mother Earth inside the ocean and in this way Varaha saved Mother Earth.

matsya

Vaman

This avatar of Vishnu gives us one important lesson and that is, one cannot have each and everything in life. There is a limitation in each and everything we do. So, we should not brag about even if we have got everything in the form of earthly things.

matsya

Narsimha

Narsimha as the name suggests, was half lion and half human and he was symbol of wit and cleverness. It indicates that God is everywhere. All you need to do is keep your eyes wide open and keep him in prayers. God cannot be found in idols only, it is found in the hearts of pure people.

matsya

Parshu Rama

Vishnu was born as Parshu Rama in order to save Brahmins from the hands of oppressor Kshatriya kings. By incarnating as Parshu Rama , Lord Vishnu wanted to tell the human race that a saint can resort to armed resistance against oppressors if need be. When the Brahmins were being tortured, executed and oppressed by the Kshatriya kings, Lord Vishnu appeared as Parshu Rama in order to save Brahmins from the clutches of Kshatriya kings.

matsya

Rama

We often consider Rama as Maryada Puroshottom, which means Honourable Supreme Being. It represents a magnificent personality which follows code of conduct and ethics in whatever it does and achieves be it in the battlefield fighting against enemies or family life. Going beyond ethics and violating code of conducts is equivalent to sin to these kinds of personalities. What is the most important thing is that Rama represents a rigid kind of personality which follows a certain set of principles without flexibility.

Krishna

Krishna

Krishna is the most flexible and dynamic mythological character in Indian mythology. It teaches us to break rules if need be. It teaches us not to be confused when it comes to the question of performing duty, and not to hanker for results of action. Keep our focus on action instead. The most important lesson we have got from this character that we need to customise ourselves according the changing situation instead of clinging to the rigidity.

matsya

Buddha

According to the Buddhist scholars, Buddha has never been avatar of Lord Vishnu. Without going to that controversy, it could have been said that Buddha preaches the idea of loving each other and love men and women alike putting aside all our prejudices based on casteism.

matsya

Kalki

Kalki is described as the final incarnation of Vishnu, who appears at the end of each Kali Yuga. He will be atop a white horse and his sword will be drawn, blazing like a comet. He appears when only chaos, evil and persecution prevails, dharma has vanished, and he ends the kali yuga to restart Satya Yuga and another cycle of existence.

Prologue

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Yudhishthira, the righteous, asked six questions, Bheeshma, the constant devotee of Krishna, the gigantic Man of Action, calmly answered them all. This is how we find the “Thousand Names of Lord Vishnu” introduced in the immortal classic of the Hindus, the Mahaabaarata.

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Dhyan Verses

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क्षीरोदन्वत्प्रदेशे शुचि-मणि-विलसत्-सैकते मौक्तिकानां मालाक्लुप्तासनस्थः-स्पटिकमणिनिभै-मौर्तिकै-मण्डितांगः। शुभ्रै-रभ्रै-रदभ्रै-रुपरिविरचितैर्-मुक्त-पीयूष-वर्षैः आनन्दी नः पुनीया-दरि-नलिन-गदा-शङखपाणिर्-मुकुन्दः॥

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