The Three Vishnus

Vishnu, from the Vedic angle, is different from Purusha and Narayana.

While Purusha is the Cosmic form of Reality as explained in the Purusha Suktha,Narayana is he principle that governs the Universe setting the principles,

Nara Ayana, Path to be Followed by Humans.


Vishnu, from the Vedic angle, is different from Purusha and Narayana.


While Purusha is the Cosmic form of Reality as explained in the Purusha Suktha,Narayana is he principle that governs the Universe setting the principles,


Nara Ayana, Path to be Followed by Humans.



There is another explanation that one who sleeps in the Water, Nara meaning Water.


Vishnu is different from Purusha and Narayana.


The term Vishnu is from Jishnu in Sanskrit,meaning one that suppots.


Vishnu is the Protector and His wife is Bhuma Devi, the Earth.


Vishnu was the One who has allowed King Bruthu to plough the Eart,.


Hence the name Prihvi for Earth.


Gaudiya Vaishnavam, there is a view that there are three aspects of Vishnus, or three Vishnus.


The Supreme God is Maha Vishnu.


This is represented by the Mahat Tatva of Sankhya.


Sankhya elaborates the Principles of Evolution, Starting from Mahat to Purusha, Prakriti,Ahamkaara,Three Gunas,Buddhi,Five Tanmatras, Five Elements,Five Organs of action, Five organs of Knowledge.


Ther form of Vishnu is Garbhodakaśāyī Vishnu.


This form is in the form of Creation of the Universe.


The third, Kṣīrodakaśāyī Vishnu, is diffused as the all-pervading Supersoul in all the universes in heart of every living being and is known as Paramātmā. He is present even within the atoms. Real object of meditation in Yoga is a Paramātmā. Anyone who knows them can be liberated from material entanglement..



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7 thoughts on “The Three Vishnus”

  1. In Brahmanism i.e. Non Puranic, Vedic tradition, Brahma is not part of a trinity. From Brahma comes his light Mitra who together with his fluid Varuna and matter Aryama form the cosmos. Mitra forms and sustains 12,000 types of Suns. From the Sun comes his light Savitur (father) comprising the three Gunas of Virinchi (creative etc), Narayana (sustaining etc) and Shankara (transcreative etc), who, as light, warmth etc (Sandhya), life etc (Savitri), sound etc (Gayatri) and knowledge etc (Sarasvathi) forms and sustains life here in unison with water (Aapa) and soil (Bhu) the two mothers. Here is the backdrop: ( a piece of History that has been covered up for political reasons by Vaishnavism and other persuasions): The nomadic, pastoral, bracycephalic, ruddy complexioned, non-proselytizing Aryans were Brahmins (worshipers of Brahma) with an advanced law, astronimcal-navigational, and military science but without agriculture or architecture, who held the Sun to be the living idol of Brahma and all of nature to be his temple, originated from Central Asia. The Dravids or Druids were tall, fair, encycephalic, semites, with advanced agricultural and architectural skills from Mesopatamia, they are the polytheist, idolatrous Lilith (Lalitha) worshiping lost tribes of Israel who refused to bend their knee to the jealous, androgynous God of Abraham and worshiped Vishnu, Shakthi, and Shiva and also experimented with the Kabala that had its origins in Brahmansim. Harried by the Aryans as well as their own apostates who had embraced Yahweh, the Druids scattered from the Ur civiilization in Mesopatamia. Some of them entered the Indo-Gangetic plain, over laying the native Negroids who worshipped Ganapathi, Kali and various forms of Mother Goddesses and among other things, created the Indus Valley Civilization contemproraneous with the Aryan Rig Vedic and Shukla Yajur Vedic periods. The Aryans (the noble or “those who know” the Prathamo Upanishad or the “Covenant of Brahma” given to their patrilineal ancestors, the Saptha Rishis) then over laid the Druids and settled in the Indo-Gangetic Plain, exacting tribute (the fruit of the agricultural and architectural skills of the Druids). The Chief of these Aryas. Bharatha, entered into a treaty with Arya Mihira, the Chief of the tribes of Central Asia that protected the Indo-Gangetic Plain from further invasions in return for tribute. Simultaneously, a “one for all and all for one” treaty of laws and code of chivalry was entered into by all the Aryan Chiefs in the Indo-Gangetic plain. Here began the joyous tones of the Krishna Yajur Veda fueled by plenty and welded the Aryans of the Indo-Gangetic plains into a formidable force that kept India free of invasions and adventurers including other Aryan tribes till Ashoka dismantled the treaty of Bharatha. The Krishna Yajur Veda was succeeded by the decadence of the Sama Veda that gave rise to classical Indian music. Subsequently, the Atharva Veda included Dravidian agriculture, temple worship, architecture and so on through the Agama (that which came from outside) Shastras. This saw the formation of the Dravido-Aryan civilization with the Dravidians and Aryans freely inter marrying till Ashoka drove Brahmanism together with the Vedas, Guru Kulas, and Brahma Suthras under ground, and destroyed and looted the temples and other Dravido-Aryan institutions, persecuting them in revenge for having been declared an out caste. This ossified the caste system. Till today, orthodox Brahmins look down on the Atharva Veda without really knowing why. Adi Shankaracharya revived Sanskrit, and wove the various religions into the Panchayatana (the five deities) comprising the Aryan Sun (idol of Brahma), and merging the Aryan Narayana with the Druid Vishnu, the Aryan Shankara and Rudra with the Druid Shiva, the Aryan Sandhya, Savithri, Gayathri and Sraswathi with the Druid Lalitha, Lashmi, and Parvathi with the tribal Mother Godess into Durga Parameshwari and included the tribal Ganapathi. This might be the origin of “Sanathana Dharma”. Subsequently, we had the dark ages of Islamic rule. Comparatively balmy British rule and then the darkest age of the “Indian” Republic that have confused the matter thoroughly for political convenience. The confusion has been fomented by western educated revisionists of the British period who are now venerated as beatified authorities, the hostility of the Republic to all politically inconvenient truths and History, and the fact that no History or Knowledge was written till the Atharva Veda Period and that there were long periods when the Shroutha-Smartha (heard and remembered) Brahmin tradition was driven underground through persecution by Ashoka, other invaders and the Moslems. That the culture, religions and civilization managed to survive and procreat here though eradicated in the places of origin was due to the treaty of Bharatha and the long period of stability enjoyed by the Indo-Gangetic Plain and because of this, in the lands South of the Vindhyas which also aped many of the Dravido-Aryan cultural, social and legal aspects though osmosis and beyond into South East Asia.


    1. The Aryan Dravidian theory is a Myth and has been busted.I have quite a few posts on this subject.That Brahma is not a part of Trinity is not supported by either the Ithihasas or Purana or the Veda.Calling Gods Aryans and Dravidians is strange.Please quote sources to enable me to study them and respond.Regards


      1. My Source is the Shroutha (Heard) Smartha (Remembered) Traditional History. As for the rest, the reasons why the puranas (mythology) are confused and the evolution of the Vedas etc are contained in my post. As for the Aryan-Dravidian theory being busted, this is just another myth of political convenience that hinges on genetic disproof of a “racial purity” that was never claimed in the first place. The many distortions that constitute mythology as a politically acceptable alternative to History, themselves, having crept in more than 2,500 years ago the contradictions have come to be accepted and have resulted in mythology (Puranas) masquerading as Knowledge (Vedas) Of course, as I belong to the Non Proselytizing, hereditary Aryan tradition, it is not my intention to convert anybody to my point of view but merely to posit the traditional History for others to test their beliefs against.


      2. Shoutha and Smriti, they mus have some source.Smritis are available for reference.

        The points you have mentioned are not found in any of the Smritis. se the link at the end.

        Even Shorutha is available , for example the Vaidyanatah Deekshitheeyam.

        What are the distortions in the Puranas?

        And where is the alternate History ?
        For whose Political convenience the Puranas have been written?

        Smritis also reflect the social Life of the Vedic India down the Ages.

        There are Eighteen Smritis.

        These are also called Dharma Sastras,Rules of Righteousness.

        They are,


        Yajnavalkya ,















        Atri and Saunaka.


      3. Shroutha-Smartha is the source. It is not, by definition, written. It is handed down from father to son and within the confines of the traditional sampradaya. It belongs to the Brahman RELIGION and is not subject to all the mythology and distortions of integrating Shaivism, Vashnavism, Shaktha, “Hinduism” etc. As a genuine Brahmin, I AM the source. I commend you to my earlier posts that contain within them the answers to all your questions. As for all the distortions of politically accepted mythology, I do not subscribe to them as they ultra vires my religion that has come to me by patrilineal descent from the Saptha Rishis together with the Prathamo Upanishad that they received from Prajapathi.


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