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Shloka 2

In this Part we will explore the meaning of the 2nd Shloka of Sri Vishnu Sahasranama.

पूतात्मा परमात्मा च मुक्तानां परमागतिः |
अव्ययः पुरुषः साक्षी क्षेत्रज्ञोऽक्षर एव च || 2 ||

Pootatma Paramatma cha MuktaanaamParamaaGatihi |
Avyayah Purushas Saakshee Kshetragno Akshara Eva Cha ||2||

Purport:

The Lord is pure and is untainted by the actions of the body (Jivatma) in which he resides; He is the Ultimate Consciousness Who is the Knower, Seer, Sustainer, Enjoyer and those immersed in his thoughts attain Paramagati or Moksha, and enjoy the eternal bliss that is limitless.

This Shloka contains the following 8 Namas:

  1. Pootatma
  2. Paramatma (Cha)
  3. MuktaanaamParamaaGatihi
  4. Avyayah
  5. Purushah
  6. Saakshee
  7. Kshetragnah
  8. Aksharah(Eva cha)

The Lord is pure and untainted by the actions of the body (Jivatma) in which he resides, so He is Pootatma.

He is the Ultimate Consciousness who is the Knower, Seer, Sustainer, Enjoyer and the Paramatma. Those immersed in his thoughts attain Paramagati or Moksha, so He is MuktanamParamagatihi. He is immortal, indestructible and has no decay, hence He is Avyayah.

Our body is considered an abode and He resides there and hence He is Purushah. Bhagavan is Omniscient and sees everything as a Sakshee. He is Kshetragnah as He leads his devotees to Supreme bliss. He is without destruction and eternal, so He is Aksharah.