In this very special livestream presentation, Sri Dharma Pravartaka Acharya will be discussing the glorious characteristics, attributes, powers and qualities of Sriman Narayana – the Supreme Being of Sanatana Dharma. Acharya will be accomplishing this by commenting upon several verses from the Vishnu-Dharma-Sastra in which Sri Lakshmi Devi Herself describes the glories of Lord Narayana.
[Sri Lakshmi Devi said] “Oh Narayana (Sustainer of All Beings), Oh Jagannatha (Sovereign of the World); you hold the shell, the discus, and the mace in your hands. You have a lotus (Brahma) springing from your navel. You are the lord of the senses. You are most powerful and endowed with conquering strength.” (Vishnu Dharma Shastra, 1.50)
“You are beyond the cognisance of the senses. Your end is impossible to know. You are brilliant. You hold the bow Sarnga. You are Varaha (the boar avatara). You are fiercesome. You are Govinda (the protector of cows). You are ancient. You are Purushottama (the Supreme Person).” (Vishnu Dharma Shastra, 1.51)
“Your hair is golden. Your eyes are everywhere. Your spiritual body is the sacrifice. You are free from stain. You are the “field.” (realm of material activity). You are the principle of life. You are the ruler of the world. You are lying on the bed of the ocean.” (Vishnu Dharma Shastra, 1.52)
“You are mantra. You know the mantras. You surpass all conception. Your frame is composed of the Vedas and Vedangas. The creation and destruction of this whole world is effected through You.” (Vishnu Dharma Shastra, 1.53)
“You know what is right and what is wrong. Your spiritual body is Dharma. Dharma springs from You. Desires are gratified by You. Your powers are everywhere. Your are imperishable like amrita (ambrosia). You are heaven. You are the destroyer of Madhu.” (Vishnu Dharma Shastra, 1.54)
“You cause the increase of the great. You are inscrutable. You are everything. You give shelter to all. You are the chief one. You are free from sin. You are inexhaustible. You are the creator.” (Vishnu Dharma Shastra, 1.55)
“You increase the welfare of the world. The waters spring from You. You are the seat of intelligence. Material action is not found in You. You preside over seven chief thing. You are the teacher of religious rites. You are of the ancient. You are Purushottama.” (Vishnu Dharma Shastra, 1.56)