Prayer of the Day
Prayer from Rig Veda
ऋषि : नारायण
दॆवता : पुरुषः
छन्दस् : अनुष्टुप्
त्रि॒पादू॒र्ध्व उदै॒त्पुरुषः॒ पादॊ॑ऽस्यॆ॒हाभ॑व॒त्पुनः॒॑ ।
ततॊ॒ विष्व॒ङ्व्य॑क्रामत्साशनानश॒नॆ अ॒भि ॥ १०.९०.४ ॥
Mantra as Romanized text
RuShi : Narayana
Aspect Hailed: Purusha
Chandas : Anushtup
tripAdUrdhva udaitpuruShaH pAdO&syEhAbhavatpunaH |
tatO viShva~gvyakrAmatsAshanAnashanE abhi || 10.90.4 ||
( tripAt Urdhva udait puruShaH pAdO asya iha abhavat punaH |
tatO viShva~g vyakrAmat sa ashana anashanE abhi || )
Meaning of the Prayer Mantra:
Three quarters (most part) of the Being is up above!
His one quarter (small part) appears here again!
That pervades in everywhere - the eating (living) and the non eating (non-living)!
1. ud - up; abhavat - appears; viShva~g - all directions;
vyakrAmat - pervades; ashana - eating.
2. These Vedic mantras provide the basis for the philosophy of our religion.
3. tripAdUrdhva udaitpuruShaH pAdO&syEhAbhavatpunaH |
Literally taking the meaning as three quarters of the God is above and
one quarter is seen here - will be a very limiting explanation not expressing the intent of the hymn.
This mantra impresses that the presence of the God is much beyond the limits of what
our limits of exploration are.
punaH is an interesting word in this mantra. This world is transient and not eternal.
Whenever there is creation God as well appears in them - He is both the creator (Nimitha Karana)
as well as immanant in the creation.
4. tatO viShva~gvyakrAmatsAshanAnashanE abhi
God is omnipresent in everything - whether they are living beings or non-living.
God is Ashtamurti - resides in five elements, sun, moon (material)
as well as in life.
c.f. மண்ணும் புனல் உயிரும் வரு காற்றும் சுடர் மூன்றும்
விண்ணும் முழுதானான் இடம் வீழிம்மிழலையே