[Advaita-l] The Meaning of "Vishwa"
srikanta.narayanaswami at yahoo.com
Tue Feb 22 00:17:28 CST 2011
In continuation of the topic above,the term "Vishwa"means the world inhabited by
birds and the four legged animals."Vi"means which fly,the birds which have two
legs(bipedal),and "Shwa"means the four legged creatures.Man who has two
legs(bipedal)is also included in the world of creatures.The
"Vishnusahasranama"states,"Om. Vishwam Vishnuvashatkaro Bhuta,Bhavya Bhavat
Prabuh".The world is an utterance of the Lord Vishnu.The realised man (Jnani) is
also called,"Dvija",born twice.In that sense he is also a bird,which is born
twice,first when it is hatched,and next ,when it comes out of the egg.
At the end of the Vishnusahsranama there is a beautiful shloka which summarises
the Advaita Vedanta:
"Eko Vishnuh Mahatbhutam prthagbhutananekash
TenaTrilokanvapya bhunkle vishwabhugavyayah"
The one Mahabhuta,Vishnu became many bhutas(beings),and that pervades the three
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