Shri Vishnu Measures Universe In Three Steps

Shri Vishnu
Shri Vishnu
“When Kash returned from meditation he narrated this incredible journey to his father, who believed it but had some difficulty about a giant snake. But Kash insisted that he was sure it was as he felt the body heat of this great Divine Serpent. The difficult portion of his story was that while sitting on the Sheshnaga he felt one peculiar sensation: It gently swayed from side to side, as if floating. But he could not see through the thick mist swirling all around, and was unsure if they were indeed floating on a body of water.

His father, quite ignorant of Hinduism, was skeptical that a serpent could float in a stationary coiled-up position. Kash was asked whether he was sure that they were surrounded by water. Perhaps they were on land all the while, a more plausible explanation for a serpent to support weight while motionless. His son replied that he felt that the Cosmic Serpent was floating and gently swaying, and was not completely stationary as on land.

Due to lack of visible confirmation of a body of water and Kash's own inability to give verifiable evidence, this floating fact was thus omitted in the original notes.”

A Floating Serpent!? Are YouSure?

One day in November 1993, as Kash sat with the Great Adi Shakti in his Sahasrara, Shri Padmanabha Sahodari Devi decided to take him to visit Shri Vishnu and Lakshmi. She levitated him and they traveled at stupendous speed and soon reached their destination that was engulfed in thick mist. Kash could hardly see more than a few feet.

They landed on something unusual, and felt alive.

Kash was introduced by Shri Mataji to Shri Vishnu and MahaLakshmi. The lotus-eyed Supreme Personality of God was resting peacefully on the lap of Lord Ananta Sesa. The complexion of Shri Vishnu, who was wearing yellow garments, was like a dark-blue cloud. His face was very handsome and cheerful with its smiling glance and lovely eyebrows, its raised nose and finely formed ears, and its beautiful cheeks and red lips. Shri Vishnu's broad shoulders and expansive chest were beautiful, and His arms long and stout. His neck was strong, His navel deep, and His abdomen bore lines like those on a banyan leaf. He had large loins and hips, thighs like an elephant's trunk, and shapely knees and shanks. His raised ankles reflected the brilliant effulgence emanating from the nails on His petal-like toes of His lotus feet of causeless mercy, revealing the most beautiful flowerlike division.

Adorned with a head gear, bracelets and armlets, which were all bedecked with many brilliant gems, and also a belt, a sacred thread, necklaces, ankle bells and earrings, the Lord shone with dazzling effulgence. In one hand He held a lotus flower, in the others a discus, club and conch shell. Gracing His broad chest were the Srivasta mark, the brilliant Kaustubha gem and a flower garland.

His consort Shri Mahalakshmi, who wore a dazzling pink sari. He noticed that She had a ring in Her nose and a tikka (red dot) on the forehead. Her feet had a sheen of golden turtle. She had four arms with delicate and soft fingers. Her black hair was tiny, soft, and delicate. She wore rows of pearls interlaced with emeralds and a garland of gold hung over her shoulders with dazzling beauty.

Kash looked up and an incredible sight of immense power and matchless splendor held him spellbound — an awesome, gigantic multi-headed snake was standing guard over them! They were resting on the bed of the completely white gigantic Sesa-naga [snake] lotusflower, under the umbrella of the serpent hood of Shri Sesha. The Primordial Cosmic Serpent was all gloriously bedecked with priceless head jewels.

When Kash returned from meditation he narrated this incredible journey to his father, who believed it but had some difficulty about a giant snake. But Kash insisted that he was sure it was as he felt the body heat of this great Divine Serpent. The difficult portion of his story was that while sitting on the Sheshnaga he felt one peculiar sensation—it gently swayed from side to side, as if floating. But he could not see through the thick mist swirling all around, and was unsure if they were indeed floating on a body of water.

His father, quite ignorant of Hinduism, was skeptical that a serpent could float in a stationary coiled-up position. Kash was asked whether he was sure that they were surrounded by water. Perhaps they were on land all the while, a more plausible explanation for a serpent to support weight while motionless. His son replied that he felt that the Cosmic Serpent was floating and gently swaying, and was not completely stationary as on land.

Due to lack of visible confirmation of a body of water and Kash's own inability to give verifiable evidence, this floating fact was thus omitted in the original notes.

More than a year later the searing Truth of a child's Third-Eye Vision came streaming forth. As his father watched Ramayana, an epic mythical narration of ancient Hinduism, there appeared for the first time the glorious form of Shri Vishnu reclining on Shri Ananta in the vast Milky Ocean! Kash had indeed witnessed this timeless Vedic Truth and his sensation of being afloat correct. The Spirit of the Living God, Shri Adhiparasakthi Shri Nirmala Devi, had indeed taken him to the Cosmic Causal Ocean where Shri Vishnu and Shri Lakshmi rested on the floating Shri Sankarsana — Shri Vishnu's serpent bed!

Vishnu Sleeping on Shesha” alt=
Vishnu Sleeping on Shesha, Hucchappaya
temple, Aihole, Deccan. Early Chalukya period,
7th C. Prince of Wales Museum, Bombay

“The sayana-murti is the most common Visnu image in South India. Visnu is represented as resting on Sesa, the world-snake, attended by Sri and often also by Bhumi, who is considered to be his second wife. He represents the highest bliss, the state of absorption of everything in him; through his darsana one obtains highest bliss; It is the presentation of Vishnu in Vaikuntha. The snake itself is a highly symbolic figure in Vaisnavism; though it is the enemy of Garuda, it is also the symbol for eternal life and immortality, of secret power and mystery. The association of the serpent with the water is also very meaningful: water is the primeval element, the source of everything.” (K. K. Klostermaier, Hinduism: A Short History, p. 120)

"Visnu, for example, who through his incarnation in Krsna became the revealer of the Bhagavad Gita, is represented in Hindu myth as the Milky Ocean of Immortal Life, out of which the transient universe arises and back into which it again dissolves. This ocean is personified as Adi-sesa, the primordial giant serpent of the abyss, who carries the unfolded universe on his heads and is the life-giving dragon in the depth of space. Meanwhile, in anthropomorphic form, Visnu is pictured as recumbent on this serpent. The serpent is both himself and his living couch, and supports him on the surface of the Milky Ocean, which again is himself in his elemental form. For this divine being is the primary life-sap or substance, which evolves and nourishes all the shapes of all the living creatures in the universe. The god is dreaming. From his navel, as from the universal water, the lotus-calix grows on which Brahma is seated, the first-born of the universe, who is about to supervise the cosmic process of creation. The shining lotus is the flower of the world, which is the dream of Visnu; and the god upon it, Brahma, the“Creator,” is an emanation from the womb of Vishnu's cosmic sleep.”1

"Vishnu, (from the Sanskrit root 'vish', to pervade) is the second god of the Hindu triad and as the preserver of the universe represents mercy and goodness. He is said to be the cosmic ocean nara, meaning water, which was the only thing in existence before the creation of the universe. For this reason, he is also known as Narayana, or"one who moves on the waters.”

Vishnu is represented as a dark man with four arms. In one hand, he holds a club, in another a conch shell, in the third, a discus (Chakra), and in the fourth, a lotus (Kamal). He is usually dressed in yellow robes and therefore also known as Pitambara, or"one with yellow garments.” The river Ganga is said to originate from Vishnu's feet. He is also depicted as resting on a coiled serpent Seshnaga or Ananta which floats on the cosmic ocean. According to the Mahabharata, Vishnu's abode, Vaikuntha, is made of gold and .jewels. However, he is usually depicted reclining on Seshnaga, who floats on the cosmic ocean. His vehicle is Garuda, and his weapon is the discus, Sudarshana Chakra.

Vishnu's consort is Lakshmi, the goddess of wealth and fortune. She is believed to have emerged from the samudra manthan, and considered to be the daughter of Bhrigu and Khyati. She is a fair woman who wears red clothes, and is always depicted as sitting or standing on a red lotus (see Kamal). She is often worshipped by herself as Sri, Bhagya Lakshmi and Dhana Lakshmi, the goddess of all things auspicious, of good fortune and wealth.”2

“In the Brahma Pr., in the Lalitapakhyana, Devi says,” My male form is bewildering the milk-maids.”In the same place Visnu says to Virabhadra,” The ancient Sakti of the Lord is divided into four forms, that Sakti becomes Bhavani in its ordinary form [bhoga], in battle she takes the form of Durga; in anger that of Kali; and she is also my male form.”

The Kurma Pr. when Himavin praises Devi says,” I salute thy form called Narayana, O Lalita, which has a thousand heads, which is of infinite energy, having a thousand arms, the ancient Person, reclining on the waters.”

In the Kurma Pr. when Siva showed his universal form to Mankanaka, the latter said: “What is this terrible form of thine, facing every side; who is she shining by your side?”Thus questioned, Siva, after explaining the glory of his own nature, says,” She is my supreme maya and prakrti of triple qualities. She is said by munis to be the ancient womb of the universe.”3

Note: Nearly two years later on October 29, 1995, at 10:45 a.m. Kash was again asked to describe Shri Shesha on whose coils he had sat together with Shri Mataji, Shri Vishnu and Shri Lakshmi. His father wanted information on the number of heads.

He again replied that there were 6 heads (see first fax) and that the middle head was larger than the rest. He was requestedto state the number of smaller heads on either side, that is, whether two on left or right of middle head, and the remaining three on the either side. Kash realized that he had all the while not counted the larger middle head. He then told that Shri Shesha had seven heads, with three smaller heads on either side of the larger middle one.

These Ramayana videotapes were borrowed from the Gulati family of Toronto. This trivial information is given as another piece of evidence that would enable readers to understand the Divine Drama of the Great Primeval Mother. The entire Shri Adi Shakti: The Kingdom of God is a tight tapestry of interlocking incidents, people, places and proof, crisscrossed by intertwining weaves of scriptural evidence and prophecies, all held firmly together from beginning to end with the unbreakable thread of Truth and Reality.

The Great Adi Shakti Shri Mataji Nirmala Devi
Shri Mataji Nirmala Devi
“He is the Shesha as they call the Serpent, which sleeps on the Bhavasagara, on which Shri Vishnu rests. The same Shesha had taken birth as Shri Lakshmana. Now for a western mind you see if you talk about snakes, they only know the Adam and Eve snake that's all. They don't understand anything, and they can't understand why people worship snakes.”

Sri Visnurupini Devi
Shri Rama's Birthday Puja, London, U.K.
April 2, 1982
(Vishnurupini [893] In the form of Visnu (Visnurupini.)




Vishnu Measures The Universe


I will proclaim the mighty deeds of Visnu,
Who measured out the earthly regions and propped the heavens above,
Accomplishing in his course three mighty strides. For this his prowess Visnu is acclaimed.
He inhabits the mountains like a savage beast wandering at will; In his three mighty paces are set all worlds.
Now may my prayer ascend to the far-striding Visnu, the Bull, who dwells upon the mountains,
To him who unaided measured with threefold step these far-flung spheres.
The marks of his three strides are filled with honey imperishable; each is cause of joy.
Alone he supports the three spheres — Earth and Sky and all things living.
May I attain to Visnu's glorious mansion where the faithful rejoice,
Where, close beside the Strider, within his highest footstep springs the well of purest honey!
O for your realms where dwell the tireless oxen, abundantly furnished with horns, whence shine,
From the highest step of the widely striding Hero, His multiple splendors!

Rig Veda I, 154



Shri Visnu, who is so dearly beloved and who has inspired, and indeed still inspires, in his devotees"fervent worship either of his own person or of his earthly manifestations Rama and Krishna, is not a major divinity in the Rig Veda. It is the Sama Veda and Shatapatha Brahmana, where Visnu is constantly identified with sacrifice, which accord him an important place, while at a later date the prolific literature of the Puranas, of which the myths concerning Visnu form the basis, made him immensely popular. This prominence has been maintained and indeed enhanced right up to modern times.

Our hymn mentions the famous strides (pada) of Visnu so frequently featured in later iconography and legend. Two of his strides are visible to Men (those encompassing the earth and the air) and the third is in the heights of heaven (the sky). This third step is like a veil affixed to the sky, the proper abode of Visnu. The sky is his favorite haunt, a place of happiness, where Men go after death and rejoice together with the Gods and where there is to be found a fountain of honey, that is, nectar (hence the allusion to his third step being filled with honey).

His trivikrama, or three strides, have also been interpreted in a temporal way, connected with the sun's orbit: the rising, the zenith, and the setting of the sun. In any event Visnu, as the sacrificial rituals remind us, is the deity who encompasses both time and space, that is to say, past, present, and future as well as earth, air, and heaven. The power of Vishnu is a disguised one. Time and again he appears as a dwarf, thus hiding his true nature. It is in his dwarf's form that he deceives the asuras and makes them accept the challenge described in so many texts.

The story is delightfully told in the Bhagavata Purana. Bali, king of the asuras and grandson of Prahlada, was performing the ashvamedha or horse sacrifice. Present at the sacrifice was Vamana, that is to say, Visnu in the form of a dwarf, one of his avataras. The king received Vamana and, though reluctantly and against the advice of his guru, adhered to the rules of hospitality to the extent of allowing Vamana to take for his own“As much land as he could cover with three steps.”Thereupon Vamana assumed his divine form and with just two strides covered all the worlds. This he achieved by virtue of the identification mentioned just now,” Visnu is the sacrifice.'' Another text affirms in this same connection that"much have they given us, who gave us that which has the same size as the sacrifice.” "4

On January 23, 1994, Kash was told to ask Shri Mataji if he could be shown how Shri Vishnu measured the universe in three steps. Bhupinder told both father and son that this incident took place thousands of years ago in the Spirit World. Perhaps Shri Mataji might show Kash how such a feat was possible, difficult as it is to even visualize and even harder to believe. After all not all myths are true and if Shri Visnu did not measure the Universe in three steps (or more), then the Great Adi Shakti would just tell him so.

Kash went into Sahaj Samadhi and the coiled Kundalini (Nectar of Immortality) sprang into life, and coursed through Sushumna Nadi. It instantly revealed the Paramjyoti in the Sahasrara — This was the Absolute Truth revealed by ancient Hindus to humankind ages ago when the rest of the world was still spiritually primitive. The Divine Radiance shone ever so brilliantly from above Shri Vaisnavi Devi as the Holy Spirit sat in Bliss and Joy. He bowed to Her. As usual She greeted him with a smile.

Kash then asked if he could be shown how Shri Vishnu measured the Universe in only three steps. Shri Ayonih Devi smiled even more radiantly and assured the fulfillment of his request.

The Divine Messengers were already present, sitting in semicircle and waiting in eager anticipation to witness again such a rare feat of awesome spiritual powers.

When all were ready a three-dimensional projection suddenly appeared out of nowhere, suspended in mid-air like a giant drive-in movie screen — except that it was three-dimensional and real. Shri Vishnu appeared alone and took His first step. Shri Vishnu kept on widening His step until He became too minute to be seen. Countless constellations whizzed past as His leg expanded at super-warp speed. (Only His legs kept on stretching but not the body.)

After a while He appeared from another direction and again took another giant step far into empty space again. His third and last step appeared to be again starting from far, far away and Shri Visnu then returned back to His original starting point. (Kash said that he could not ascertain in which sequence the universe was covered — length, breadth or height — due to the sheer magnitude of the feat. All he knew was that Shri Vishnu was measuring it.)

Everyone then clapped very softly in appreciation of Shri Mataji Nirmala Devi's Supreme Power to materialize ancient Time into present, a vivid demonstration of the infinite Power of the Great Cosmic Matriarch. Again the Great Adi Shakti, the very Power of Brahman, had fulfilled Kash's desire to witness something that hundreds of millions of Hindus have proclaimed for thousands of years.

The material projection then disappeared into thin air. Shri Yoni-nilaya Devi then requested that all meditate. They raised their Kundalinis in unison and went into Sahaj Samadhi.

After everyone had finished Kash asked permission from the Supreme Goddess for leave. He bowed down to Her, wished all the others, and then descended from the Tabernacle of God back to this decadent world of spiritual wastelands and religious badlands.

Note: According to Kash this materialization of a feat which had taken place aeons ago was very much real and vivid. It did not look like a projection at all for it had solid form. It should be understood that Shri Vishnu Himself was sitting in the semicircle and witnessing the whole '3D movie' depicting one of His numerous spiritual feats that are epics of the Sanatana Dharma.

Vaisnavi (892nd): She is the female counterpart of Visnu bearing Sankha, Cakra, and Gada; or She is Mahalaksmi, the power of Visnu.
Ayonih (894th): Yonih means Original Cause. She has no such cause because She is the Cause of all causes. Or Yoni is the first triangle in 'Sri-Cakra' representing 'Avyakta.' She is beyond this Avyakta. Or 'A' means Visnu and 'Yoni' means 'Mother' meaning 'Mother of Visnu.'
Yoni-nilaya (895th): The Abode of all origins, as the Cause and Source of all causes. (Rukmavarnam Kartaramisam Purusam Brahma-Yonim.) The golden-hued, the Doer, the Ruler, the Self, The Mother of Brahma—(Mundakopanishad 3-1-3.) Or She resides in the first triangle in Sri Cakra. Trikona-Rupini-Sakti Bindu-Rupah Sivah Smrtah: Sakti is of the form of a triangle and Siva of circle (Sruti.)


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Note: This is one revelation in the Sahasrara which the DEVI initiated on Her own. In other words, i never asked Kash to visit Shri Vishnu It took me some time to confirm that Kash was indeed telling the truth regarding this 'snake'. Before that neither of us knew such a snake even existed. i can only speculate that the DEVI knew i would probably never ask about the snake.

Above all else, this revelation grounds the very nature of the DEVI i.e., SHE is absolute, flawless Truth. Without question, it was an actual visit as real as, for example, a visit to Disneyland. By this i mean Shri Visnhu is probably reclining on the Shesnag at this very moment. It is neither a myth nor a figment of human imagination. And if there is a thick fog swirling around and you know next to nothing about Vishnu then, if you are to visit Him, your experience will be no different from that of Kash.

regards,

jagbir



BOUGANTOUCHE Nicole Nov 12 3:20 AM

Dear Jagbir and all,

Indeed the the Deities as real and exactly as the "myths" describe them. The Gods and their abodes are the Reality, we live in illusion.

In the nineties i met a canadian anthropologist, J. Narby. This man studied a tribe of indians in Peru. The initiates of this tribe use to drink ritually a root called ayahuashca, which has the form of a Kundalini, i.e. double helix. This root is considered as divine and given to them by the Gods. A painter from this tribe started to paint what he experiences when he drinks this mixture and i saw a few of these paintings. i was stunned when i saw Shri Shiva, represented exactly as in the indian tradition and other Deities. They evolve in cities, it's just extraordinary when you think that these people never stepped out of their jungle.

When j.Narby asked them how they had all the knowledge in so many fields, they just replied, that a snake taught them and this Snake is their Mother (Kundalini ?).

With Love

nicole



“Visnu, for example, who through his incarnation in Krsna became the revealer of the Bhagavad Gita, is represented in Hindu myth as the Milky Ocean of Immortal Life, out of which the transient universe arises and back into which it again dissolves. This ocean is personified as Adi-sesa, the primordial giant serpent of the abyss, who carries the unfolded universe on his heads and is the life-giving dragon in the depth of space. Meanwhile, in anthropomorphic form, Visnu is pictured as recumbent on this serpent. The serpent is both himself and his living couch, and supports him on the surface of the Milky Ocean, which again is himself in his elemental form. For this divine being is the primary life-sap or substance, which evolves and nourishes all the shapes of all the living creatures in the universe. The god is dreaming. From his navel, as from the universal water, the lotus-calix grows on which Brahma is seated, the first-born of the universe, who is about to supervise the cosmic process of creation. The shining lotus is the flower of the world, which is the dream of Visnu; and the god upon it, Brahma, the“Creator,” is an emanation from the womb of Vishnu's cosmic sleep.”

Heinrich Zimmer,Philosophies of India





“OM NAMO NARAYANAYA"

This mantra of Lord Vishnu is recited for the attainment of material prosperity and liberation.

The word itself means the Great Omnipresent. He is reclining on Ananta on the Milky Ocean. Ananta or the snake stands for cosmic energy. The ocean of milk stands for Ananda or beatitude. Vishnu's colour is blue like the sky, indicating his infinitude. He is Achyuta, because there is no rise or fall for him.

The four-faced Brahma rising from his navel is symbolic of his creative power. Brahma has four heads because he is the creator of the entire universe.

The Chakra or discus in one of the upper hands of Vishnu symbolises the cycle of time (Kala-chakra) whose whirlgig bringd in consolation as well as revenges, according to varaha Purana. it is also described as the Dharamachakra, maintaining orderlines and proper functioning of the Universe.

The Shankra or conch in the other upper hand, according to the same Purana is the destroyer of Avidya, represented by darkness and silence. When Maha Vishnu touched Dhruva on his cheek with his conch he removed Dhruva's Avidya. Others say that Shankha represents Nada-brahma.

In one of his lower hands Vishnu holds the Asi (sword) or sometimes the club. The sword is meant to cut the knot of Samsara which man has woven round himself through numberless births. It is a weapon of detachment. If a club, it is for setting right the irregularities of the world, dushtanigraha and sishta paripalana.

The lotus with the stem in the other hand of Vishnu, according to Varaha, represents Mother Earth eternally at work at her wheel of creation. Some would have it as representing the beauty and freshness in the cosmos.”

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“Bali, the chief of the Daityas or asuras in the treta-yuga, or the second age, had acquired immense powers on account of his austerities, and again Vishnu was approached by the devas, who sought freedom from Bali's tyrannical behavior. In the guise of a dwarf, Vamana, Vishnu appeared before Bali, who in his generosity agreed to grant the dwarf as much land as he could cover in three steps. Little did he know what Vamana was capable of doing: with his first two steps, he astrode the entire earth, heavens, and universe; and as Vamana had no place for placing his foot anywhere, he stepped on Bali's forehead. In his sixth incarnation, Vishnu appeared as Parasurama, or"Rama with the axe", armed with the mission of liberating the Brahmins from the yoke of the Kshatriyas. The seventh, eighth, and ninth avatars of Vishnu suggest the heroic, and to some degree, historic element. It is quite likely that Rama was a local hero, who was ultimately elevated to the status of a divinity; and in the Ramayana, which celebrates his exploits, he is described as an avatara of Vishnu who had perforce to kill the demon-king, Ravana. Krishna, the eighth avatara, was similarly most likely a hero or minor king at first, and in the Mahabharata he is described as a prince of the Yadava clan. He was eventually absorbed into the pantheon of Vishnu's avatars, but assumed such importance that he was taken to be the Supreme Being himself. The Buddha appears as the ninth avatar, according to the puranas, and some scholars have pointed to this as an illustration of the tendency within Hinduism to absorb its rivals. Finally, the tenth avatar is yet to appear at the end of the present or kali-yuga: it is represented as Kalki, a figure seated on a white horse, with a drawn sword flashing away, cutting at the forces of evil.”

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“The fourth lineal descendant of Hiranyakashyap, named Bali, through his devotion and penance defeated Indra, the god of firmament, humbled other gods and extended his authority over the three worlds.

All the gods appealed to Lord Vishnu for protection and He became manifest in His Dwarf Avatar of Vaman for the purpose of restraining Bali.

Once when this king was making a great religious offering, Lord Vishnu in the form of Vaman appeared before him in the company of other brahmins. Bali was extremely pleased to see a holy man with such a diminutive form and promised to give him whatever he should ask. Lord Vishnu asked only for as much land as he could measure by three steps. Bali laughingly agreed to grant the boon of three steps. Lord Vishnu as dwarf stepped over heaven in first stride and earth in the second stride. Then out of respect to Bali's kindness and his grandfather Prahlad's great virtues, Lord Vishnu stopped short and left him in pathal, the subterranean region. Bali's capital was Mahabalipuram.”

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“There was a very powerful demon king ruling earth, his name was Bali. He became invincible through austerities and tapas. He decided to conquer the kingdom of gods, the heaven. King Indra was ruling the heaven that time. Indra became panicky when he came to know the ill design of king Bali to invade his kingdom of Heaven. Indra took refuge at the holy feet of Lord Vishnu and begged to save him and his kingdom from all-powerful demon King Bali. Lord Vishnu promised to help Indra, the righteous.

Accordingly, Sri Vishnu incarnated on the earth in the form of a dwarf Brahmin called as Vamana. King Bali was engaged in the final ritual of sacrifices - yajna - which would ensure his victory in the battle with gods and Indra. Bali was liberal in offering land and wealth to the

deserving Brahmins.

Vamana approached the king and saluted him. King Bali was highly impressed with solemnity and halo of purity on the Brahmin's face. He served Vamana with courtesy and requested him to ask for anything, and that he would be glad to give the same.

Vamana asked for that much of land, which his three steps would measure! Everyone was surprised at this unusual demand, and even thought this dwarf Brahmin to be an idiot! They thought it foolish to ask for three yards of land when the king was willing to give even three villages.

But the king was all modesty. He said to Vamana,” O noble Brahmin, I assure you to grant that much of land which you would cover in three steps.”

Thus assured, Vamana, who was no other than Lord Vishnu, changed Himself into very large - Virata - form. The dwarf form now became as tall as Everest, as vast as the sky, and as deep as the ocean. With one step he covered the earth, with the second the heavens, and turning to the king.

Bali said,” O noble king, you have assured me three step-full of land. I have covered whole universe with my two steps where should I keep my foot for the third step?”

Realizing his folly, and also realizing that Lord Vishnu Himself had come to test him, Bali with all humility bowed down and said,” O lord, cover my head with the third step.”

Pleased with the attitude of surrender and sincerity of Bali, the Lord sent him to the land of Patal to rule there for eternity. King Bali praised the Lord and requested him to grant him one boon. Lord Vishnu wanted to know what boon Bali desired. To this Bali replied, 'O God of Gods, I wish you come to Patal once every year and protect me from evil and ignorance. Grant me knowledge and faith. The lord was more than pleased to grant King's desire.”

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“The Devimahatmya refers to two different traditions regarding the origin of the Great Goddess: in the first Devi is explained as the Mahanidra of Visnu embodied as the universe, eternal, incarnated in many forms. She is"drawing herself out from the eyes and the various organs and limbs"of Visnu: when Great Sleep leaves Visnu, he awakens. In this form she is the great creator: she creates the entire universe, she is the cause of bondage and transmigration, the cause of final liberation too. She is both fierce and auspicious: she gives to mankind boons for their final liberation.

The second account of Devi's origin has a different ring and seems to be the older one. It not only mentions the Vedic gods but it is somehow reminiscent of the Indra-Vrtra myth—the fight of the High God against the demon usurper, who has conquered the gods and assumed the place of Indra. Devi here is no longer the prakrti of Visnu but the essence of all the gods,” godhead“In a concrete sense. She surpasses all the individual gods in power and glory because in her all the qualities of the gods are embodied...

Thus the salvation of gods and men has been accomplished, and Devi receives praise from all the devas. In the cause of this prayer all the essential qualities of the Devi are mentioned, and the basic Devi philosophy comes to the fore: Devi“Is the origin of the universe, the resort of all, the primordial prakrti.”She is the"supreme vidya (knowledge) which is the cause of liberation.”She is"durga, the boat that carries men across the difficult ocean of worldly existence,” she is"Sri who has taken her abode in the heart of Visnu,” and she is"Gauri, who has established herself with Siva. Devi offers a boon, and the devas choose the following: “Whenever we think of you again, destroy our direst calamities.”...

Devi-avataras are also found in the Puranas. They have the same function which Vainavas ascribe to Visnu-avataras, namely to protect the world in successive ages from demons and other evil. This theory also helps to explain the numerous goddesses as manifestations of One Supreme Goddess: “Bhavani is worshipped by the gods in all her repeated incarnations. She always kills demons by incarnating herself on earth and she protects all creation in heaven, earth and the nether world...

She explains her own nature according to Advaita: “I and Brahman are one.” "

K. K. Klostermaier, Hinduism: A Short History,
Oneworld Pub., 2000, p. 200-2.





“Visnu, for example, who through his incarnation in Krsna became the revealer of the Bhagavad Gita, is represented in Hindu myth as the Milky Ocean of Immortal Life, out of which the transient universe arises and back into which it again dissolves. This ocean is personified as Adi-sesa, the primordial giant serpent of the abyss, who carries the unfolded universe on his heads and is the life-giving dragon in the depth of space. Meanwhile, in anthropomorphic form, Visnu is pictured as recumbent on this serpent. The serpent is both himself and his living couch, and supports him on the surface of the Milky Ocean, which again is himself in his elemental form. For this divine being is the primary life-sap or substance, which evolves and nourishes all the shapes of all the living creatures in the universe. The god is dreaming. From his navel, as from the universal water, the lotus-calix grows on which Brahma is seated, the first-born of the universe, who is about to supervise the cosmic process of creation. The shining lotus is the flower of the world, which is the dream of Visnu; and the god upon it, Brahma, the“Creator,” is an emanation from the womb of Vishnu's cosmic sleep.”

Heinrich Zimmer,Philosophies of India





“The first four Avatars of Vishnu were supposed by tradition to have appeared during the first cosmic age of Krita Yuga.

The dwarf Vamana, the son of the Sage Kashyapa and of Adity, was the fifth incarnation of Vishnu. During that time, King Bali acquired the right to rule over the three worlds through devotion (Bhakti) and austerities (Tapas.) The dwarf asked Bali to give him as much land as can be encompassed within three steps. (Trivikrama = three steps; another name of Vishnu.) The monarch accepted and with the first two steps Vishnu regained his control over the heaven and Earth after which, as a sign of respect for Bali's virtues, let him reign over the underworld (Patala.)"

Dan Costian, Bible Enlightened, Computex Graphics, 1995 p. 225





“Nescience might be called the short-leggedness of man — in contrast to the reach of the divine Cosmic Man, Visnu, who with three gigantic strides created Earth, Atmosphere, and Firmament, simply by setting down the sole of his foot, at each stride, in what was empty space. The cosmic dynamism of which we ourselves are minute manifestations cannot be fitted to the dimension of our brain, any more than to the brains of ants; for the universe is the holy revelation of an absolutely transcendent essence.”

Heinrich Zimmer, Philosophies of India
Princeton University Press, 1974, p. 350



Notes
1. Heinrich Zimmer, Philosophies of India, Princeton U. Press, 1974, p. 425.
2. www.indiancultureonline.com/
3. R. Ananthakrishna Sastry, Lalita-Sahasranama, 1988, p. 338.
4. Professor Raimundo Panikkar, The Vedic Experience [www.cybrlink.com/]




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