Introduction to Viṣṇu sahasranāma - by Swami Dayananda Saraswati

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    Introduction to Viṣṇu sahasranāma

    by Swami Dayananda Saraswati

    from the book "Vishnusahsranama'
    .
    The importance of the VS is further enhanced by the fact, that a person, no less than Bhagavān śrī śaṅkarācārya wanted to write his first commentary on the Upanishads, he asked one of his disciples to bring the Taittiriyopanishad, but the disciple brought the VS. This was repeated the second and the third time. śrī śaṅkarvcārya felt, that this was ordained by the Lord himself and therefore wrote the commentary on the VS first before commencing his commentaries.

    In the first verse of the bhāṣyam śaṅkara salutes śrī kṛṣṇa param brahma ātmā
    and also as the guru .

    सच्चिदानन्दरूपाय कृष्णायक्लिष्टकारिणे ।
    नमो वेदन्त वेद्ययाय गुरवे बुद्धिसाक्षिणे ॥

    saccidānandarūpāya kṛṣṇāyakliṣṭakāriṇe |
    namo vedanta vedyayāya gurave buddhisākṣiṇe ||

    "Salutations to śrī kṛṣṇa, whose nature is sat, cit and ānanda, who acts effortlessly, who is to be known through Vedānta, who is in the form of one's Guru and who is the witness of the intellect."

    In the second verse he salutes Sage Vyāsa, the author of this sahasranāma.

    कृष्णद्वैपायनं व्यासं सर्वलोकहिते रतम् ।
    वेदाब्जभास्करं वन्दे शमादिनिलयं मुनिम् ॥

    kṛṣṇadvaipāyanaṃ vyāsaṃ sarvalokahite ratam |
    vedābjabhāskaraṃ vande śamādinilayaṃ munim ||

    "I salute Sage Kṛṣṇadvaipāyana Vyāsa, who is desirous of the welfare of all beings, who is the sun to the lotus of the Vedas and who is an abode of the qualities like self-mastery and so on."

    (Sage Vyāsa is known as Kṛṣṇadvaipāyana because he had a dark complexion and was born in a dvipa)

    In the third verse, he praises the sahsranāma itself. He also gives the reason for undertaking the explanation of these nāmas.

    sahasramūrteḥ puruṣottamasya sahasranetrānanapādabāhoḥ |
    sahsranāmnāṃ stvanaṃ praśastaṃ nirudhyate janmajarādiśāntyai ||

    "The praiseworthy hymn of the thousand names of puroṣottama, who has thousands of forms and thousands of eyes, mouths, feet and arms, is commented upon for the cessation of birth, oldage and so on.

    Salutations to Bhagavatpada Sri Shankaracharya guruvarya
     

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