Faith

Vishnu the enabler

Lord Mahavishnu is lauded as Vijayah in the Vishnu Sahasranama. That is because He makes it possible for Brahma and others to execute their duties successfully, explained M.A. Venkatakrishnan in a discourse. He is jEtA — that is He makes them act according to His wishes. He is VishvayOnih — that is He is responsible for making the Universe function. He is Punarvasu — He is present in everyone and makes it possible for everyone to do their respective work. Nothing is possible without His grace and without His willing it. If something turns out well when we execute it, it is because of His blessing. We may observe that a skilled artist may paint a lovely picture, but may sometimes not be able to reproduce the same picture if asked to do it again. That is because the Lord decides what we achieve and when and how.

Nammazhvar, in one of his verses, talks about the episode of the burning of the three cities of the demons by Lord Siva. The story is a Vedic one, and it is the reason why Siva is known as Tripurantaka. It was Vishnu who was present at the tip of the arrows of Siva. Brahma imparts jnana to the devas, but it is Lord Mahasvishnu, who as antaryami, makes this possible. So ultimately, it is Vishnu, who is the enabler, the One who is responsible for the imparting of jnana to the devas.

The Vishnu Sahasranama extols the Lord’s many avataras, and not just the Dasavataras. The Sanskrit word dasa means ten, but it also means ‘beautiful.’ So, while we take the word dasa to mean ten and talk of His ten avataras, the word dasa can also be taken to refer to the beautiful nature of His avataras, and this would apply not only to the Dasavataras, but to all His avataras. Thirumangai Azhvar, in his Peria Tirumozhi celebrates all the ten avataras in one verse.

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