Lord Vishnu is the powerful, omnipresent, supreme divinity of creation. The word Vish refers to the Universe and Nu refers to the one who pervades or embodies. Vishnu is the one who pervades the universe or embodies the universe.
Lord Vishnu is also known by the name of Narayana or Hari. He is the preserver and sustain the Hindu Trinity. Together with his companion Goddess Lakshmi, Vishnu protects the circumstances of all beings in creation.
Vishnu is also the protector of Dharma or righteousness. In the Bhagvad Gita, Chapter 4 and verse 7 Lord Vishnu in the form Lord Krishna declares –
Yada yada hi dharmasya glanirbhavati bharata|
Abhythanamadharmasya tadatmanam srijamyaham ||
Paritranaya sadhunang vinashay cha dushkritam|
Dharmasangsthapanarthay sambhabami yuge yuge ||
“Whenever virtue subsides and wickedness prevails, I manifest myself. To establish virtue, to destroy evil, to save the good I come from Yuga (age) to Yuga.”
The Ten Incarnations of Lord Vishnu
Vishnu Purana tells that Lord Vishnu has ten incarnations called Dashavatar (Dash is ten and avatar is an incarnation of God). Two of his most famous incarnations are Krishna and Rama. However, all of his manifestations have beautiful stories to enlighten the mind and brighten the spirit. The incarnations of Lord Vishnu are –
Matsya (the fish)
Kurma (the turtle)
Varaha (the boar)
Narasimha (half-lion, half-man)
Vamana (the dwarf)
Parashurama (Defender of Dharma with the battle-axe)
Rama (Lord Rama of the Ramayana)
Balarama (elder brother of Lord Krishna) or Lord Buddha, depending upon the tradition
Krishna (eighth son of Devaki and Vasudeva, beloved Lord of the Gopis, who spoke the great words of the Bhagavad Gita to Arjuna on the battlefield of Kurukshetra)
Kalki (Vishnu’s final incarnation, who, it is said, will appear at the end of the Kali Yuga)
Worship and its Benefits
The stories tell the glories of Lord Vishnu’s specific manifestations. Vishnu as the eternal and all pervasive consciousness of creation is everywhere at all times. There is no place where he is not present. This is the reason why people worship him.
We worship almighty Vishnu by paying attention. We focus our attention to the exclusion of the wandering mind and attain the efficiency of every thought and action. In doing so, we become aware of Lord Vishnu’s presence in all of our daily activities and every activity is the form of worship.
What is Vishnu Puja?
Puja is a type of spiritual discipline. The word Pu means merit and Ja refers to birth. Puja is the activity, which gives birth to the highest merit. The privilege to sit in the presence of God.
On one level, puja is a form of worship performed at the altar. It is a guided meditation in which we offer devotion to our chosen deity with the Sanskrit Mantras, flowers, yogurt, ghee, milk, sugar, honey, water and other offerings.
However, puja is not the only thing which is performed in the temple. To be true in worship, it must pertain to all life. It is an attitude of respect that we carry with us at all times. Puja is the attainment of complete absorption, complete surrender and total efficiency in every action performed by us for the God. Since Vishnu lives everywhere and in everything, there is no action performed by us that is not for Lord Vishnu. The remembrance of that is our puja.
Om Klīṃ Viṣṇave Namaḥ! – Om we bow to the Cause of Merging the physical manifestation in to Intuitive Perception of He who pervades the Universe!
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