Sri Vishnu Puranam – Commentary-Part 7


Sri Vishnu Chapter – 7

Formation of the Universe

The  Evolution of  Sense-organs (Indriyas)

From  Sattvika – Ahankara eleven sense organs take shape. The five cognitive sense-organs (jnanendriya-s)  are  body,  eye, nose, tongue  and ear. Since they help man achieve cognition through actions like touch, they are known  as jnanendriya-s.  Through the body one experiences touch. In the same way the eye experiences  colour, the nose experiences smell, the tongue experiences taste and the ear experiences sound.

The five karmendriya-s (conative sense-organs) are tongue  (vak), the hand  (paani),  the feet (paadam), the  organ  for evacuation  (paayu) and the organ  for reproduction   (upastha). Since they are meant  for action,  they are known  as karmendriya-s.

The eleventh sense-organ is manas (mind). This is the most important of all the sense organs. This creation is known as aggregate creation of elements (samashti srishti).

Purposeful Adulteration

In today’s  world, one cannot see any unadulterated stuff. We have to learn to live with adulteration. Apparently this is nothing  new. It was so in the beginning.  But the adulteration  of today leads to destruction.  The adulteration of the earlier times was constructive.  The elements, which rose individually, could not bring into being this world. Can you build a structure just with mud  or stones or water? You have to mix them together  to build.

These  individual   elements  have  to be made to interact. Elements that are mixed up are known as samashti tattva-s. Elements resulting from mixing are known  as vyashti tattva-s.

If you want  to create gross Ether,  here is the method of mixing. One half of pure Ether and one­ eighth  each of Air, Fire, Water  and  Earth, when brought together, make one full Element.  This is gross Ether. Such a creation is known as vyashti srishti. In the same manner, one half of Air and the rest from other Elements create gross Air, and it is so for the rest. This is known as quintuplication (pancheekarana). This is also Brahman’s action. The Elements brought  together in this manner  remain as a unit,  and by the Will of the Lord they create the  Brahmanda according  to the  good  and  bad deeds of the jiva-s.

Formation  of the Universe 

Like the  bubble  of water  in rainy season, this universe is formed out  of the  five elements in a trice by the Will of the Lord. Innumerable worlds full of mountains, oceans, islands, and the brilliant globe appear in it. The  universe  looks like  a huge cauldron with the five gross Elements  above it. It is enveloped by  seven Elements like  egoity and mahat and by prakriti. You can take a coconut  as an example. The pulp within is enveloped by the shell, fibre and husk. In the same way, many Elements enclose the universe.

To be continued….

This English Commentary is written by Smt Prema Nandakumar based on the Tamil commentary written by HH 45th Azhagiyasingar of the Ahobila MuttHis Holiness has ‘commented’ only on select chapters of the Vishnu Purana. The English translation faithfully follows the original in this aspect. Words that appear in square brackets [ ] have been placed there to serve as a link and do not form part of the original. Reproduced from Nrusimhapriya.

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