We’ve explained the first divine Act of God- the Act of Creation. Now, let’s understand His Act of Sustenance. As is generally known in this context, Vishnu is associated with the Act of Sustenance – the second divine Act of God (the last being His Act of Destruction)
But when and how does God sustain the world through Vishnu and what are the adornments in the hands of Vishnu, a symbol of?
The real meaning of ‘Vishnu’
Now, by Vishnu we understand the one who has no vices or is completely vice-less.
But if we look around, we will observe that today every human soul considers itself as the body and not the soul in it. This has give rise to the 5 vices of lust, anger, ego, attachment and greed in individuals and the society. The growing crime and sufferings are a result of these vices in each human soul, today. It is to liberate oneself of the vices and sufferings, that we have been reaching out to God. For it is only God, who is forever liberated and can lead man out of sufferings and pain.
However to accomplish His task, God too has to manifest Himself. Being forever unborn – i.e. He does not take birth through the womb of a mother – but takes a divine birth in the body of an old human being whom He names Brahma . It is by using His mouthpiece, that God who is the Supreme soul, delivers divine knowledge and teaches, easy Rajyog – or an easy connection with Him. This is known as the divine presence of God.
It is only then that God inspires man to become completely free from vices or become Vishnu! Let’s know of the knowledge that God explains.
The ornaments in the hands of Vishnu signify the aim/objective of human kind
The conch which is shown in the hand of Vishnu is a symbol of purity of speech which God inspires man to adopt. The discus or the wheel shown in the other hand, is a symbol of knowing the self as a soul we move through our 84 births as a human soul. Similarly, the lotus shown, is a symbol of detachment. A lotus even while blooming in muddy water – remains above it, – much like the aim of a human soul- to remain loving to all and yet detached and connected to the One Supreme being. The mace that Vishnu is shown riding is symbol of winning over the five vices in all senses.
The double crown of Vishnu – one of the halo of light and the other of gold- bedecked with jewels, is a symbol of peace and prosperity, respectively. It is by adopting Vishnu as one’s ideal that one attains peace and prosperity today and as enjoyed by deities Shri Lakshmi and Shri Narayan even in the forthcoming ages. The 4 arms of Vishnu are in fact symbolic of Shri Lakshmi and Shri Narayan (2 arms each) and their deity status in the upcoming age of purity and prosperity or Satyuga. This is the reason that it is sung that ‘Vishnu sustains the world’.
The lessons from the understanding of Vishnu
The time now, is to recognise one’s true self and to connect to the Almighty. It is only by doing so, that there can be peace and prosperity stems from purity in thoughts and actions- both today and tomorrow- and we can all become Vishnu in the true sense.