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Keshav Srinivasan

I'm a Sri Vaishnava (an Iyengar to be precise).

My questions tend to be fairly obscure. I put a lot of effort into them, so I'd appreciate it if you at least try to read them. If you don't understand one of my questions, or you don't feel like reading it and you want me to summarize it for you, feel free to leave a comment or ping me in chat.

My email address is lugita15 AT

Let me close with the Sri Vishnu Stuti, a prayer to Vishnu from the preamble to the Vishnu Sahasranamam (it's part of the Dhyana Shlokas, i.e. the appearance of Vishnu you're supposed to meditate on while reciting the Sahasrananam):

  1. Shantakaaram Bhujaga Shayanam,

Padmanabham Suresham

  1. Vishvadharam Gagana Sadrusham,

Megha Varnam Shubhangam

  1. Lakshmi Kantam Kamala Nayanam,

Yogibhir Dhyana Gamyam

  1. Vande Vishnum Bhava Bhaya Haram,

Sarva Lokaika Naatham

Here's the meaning:

Shantakaram: Embodiment of Peace

Bhujaga Shayanam: Reclining on a Serpent

Padmanabham: Who has a lotus flower coming from his navel, from which Brahma was born

Suresham: The Lord of the gods

Vishwadharam: Sustainer of all things

Gagana Sadrusham: Pervading the whole cosmos

Megha Varnam: Whose skin is dark blue like rain clouds

Shubhangam: With a pure and flawless body

Lakshmi Kantam: Husband of the goddess Lakshmi

Kamala Nayanam: Whose eyes are like lotus flowers

Yogibhir Dhyana Gamyam: The one who practitioners of Yoga try to reach through meditation

Vande Vishnum: I worship Vishnu

Bhava Bhaya Haram: Remover of the fears of life

Sarva Lokaika Natham: Lord of all of all worlds and universes

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