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shloka 6

In this Part we will explore the meaning of the Sixth Shloka of Sri Vishnu Sahasranamam.

अप्रमेयोहृषीकेशःपद्मनाभोऽमरप्रभुः | विश्वकर्मामनुस्त्वष्टास्थविष्ठःस्थविरोध्रुवः || 6 ||

Shloka 6

Shloka AprameyoHrisheekeshahPadmanaabhoAmaraprabhuh |
VishvakarmaaManustvashtaaSthavishthaSthaviroDhruvah ||6||

Purport:
The Lord is immeasurable and undefinable; he is the controller of all Indriyas, and he sustains the Universe, and HE is the Lord of all the Devas. He has chiseled and Created the world, all caused just by His thinking alone; He is changeless and remains whole through time and space; and is ageless who is not impacted by the Kaal Chakra.

This Shloka contains the following 10 Namas:

  1. Aprameyah
  2. Hrisheekeshah
  3. Padmanaabhah
  4. Amaraprabhuh
  5. Vishvakarmaa
  6. Manuh
  7. Tvashtaa
  8. Sthavishthah
  9. Sthavirah
  10. Dhruvah

Lord Vishnu and Goddess LaxmiBhagavan is Immeasurable, undefinable and cannot be realised by the five senses, hence He is Apremeyah. He is Hrisheekeshah as He is the Master of all Senses.

He is the underlying Cause for all Creation being the seat of Brahma the Creator. He is Padmanaabhah as Padma (Universe) emanates from his Naabhi (navel) sustained by something like an umbilical cord.

HE is the Lord of all the Devas and hence Amaraprabhuh. He has chiseled and Created the world like Vishvakarmaa does with his tools. He is Manah as He caused the Creation by His thinking alone; He is called Tvashtaa as He shrinks the World during Pralaya and subsumes it within Him.

He is Sthavistha as He assumes gigantic forms at His Will (like the huge Boar in Varaha Avatar or Trivikrama in Vamana Avatar). He is Sthavirah as He is older than the oldest. He is changeless and remains whole through time and space. He is ageless who is not impacted by the Kaal Chakra and eternal; hence He is called Dhruvah.