Vishnu

Vishnu - V ishnu, whose name means All-Pervading, is the...

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Vishnu, whose name means “All-Pervading”, is the protector of the world and the restorer of moral order (dharma). He is peaceful, merciful, and compassionate. Vishnu is often pictured with his consort, Lakshmi, and usually has four arms. Each hand holds an emblem of his divinity: the conch, discus, club, and lotus. Vishnu is also often shown reclining or asleep as he awaits the next annihilation and renewal of the world. The 4 hands of Vishnu express dominion over the 4 directions of space. They also symbolize the 4 stages of human life: The quest for knowledge (Brahamacharya), Family Life (Grihastha), Retreat into the forest (Vana- Prastha), Renunciation (Sannyasa). Vishnu is best known through his 10 avatars, which appear on earth when there is disorder in the world. The ten avatars of Vishnu are: Matsya (fish), Kurma (turtle), Varaha (boar), Marasimha ( man-lion), Vamana (dwarf), Parashurama (warrior- priest), Rama (prince), Krishna (cow-herd), Buddha (sage), Kalki (horseman, who has yet to appear)
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This note was uploaded on 01/26/2011 for the course REL 1300 taught by Professor Canter during the Fall '08 term at FSU.

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