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shloka 9

Shloka 9 from Vishnu Sahasranama
In this Part we will explore the meaning of the Ninth Shloka of Sri Vishnu Sahasranamam.

श्लोक ९
ईश्वरो विक्रमी धन्वी मेधावी विक्रमः क्रमः ।अनुत्तमो दुरादर्षः कृतज्ञः कृतिरात्मवान् ॥ ९ ॥


Shloka 9

Īśvaro vikramī dhanvī medhāvī vikramaḥ kramaḥ ।Anuttamo durādarṣaḥ kr̥tajñaḥ kr̥tirātmavān ॥ 9 ॥

Purport:
The Lord is the controller of the Universe who makes things happen at His Will. He has giant strides and is ever so courageous, He is Rama amongst wielders of the ‘bow’. He is a ‘Medhavi’ or fountainhead of knowledge on all subjects and has a gigantic memory. He travels around the world on his Garuda Vaahana, the King of birds and He is the force behind all movement. He is unparalleled and unexcelled, and is invincible, yet He is grateful to his ardent devotees showering his kindness and compassion. He dwells in all of us and is Omnipresent.

This Shloka contains the following 11 Namas:

  1. Ishvarah
  2. Vikrami
  3. Dhanvi
  4. Medhavi
  5. Vikramah
  6. Kramah
  7. Anuttamah
  8. Duradharsah
  9. Kritajnah
  10. Kritih
  11. Atmavan

Summary
Ishvarah Universe who makes things happen as He Wills. He is Courageous and hence called Vikrami. HE is Rama amongst the wielders of the ‘bow’ and hence He is Dhanvi. He is a ‘Medhavi‘, fountainhead of knowledge on ALL subjects with a gigantic memory. HE travels around the world on Garuda, the king of birds and HE is the force behind all movement, so he is known as Vikramah. He maintains order in the Universe, so He is Kramah.

HE is unparalleled and unexcelled, so Anuttamah. He is invincible and hence He is called Duradharsah. He is grateful to his ardent devotees and always showers his kindness and compassion, hence He is Kritajnah. He is the force behind all actions and hence he is Kritih. He dwells in all of us and is omnipresent, so He is Atmavan.

Let’s examine the meaning of the above Namas in detail.