In the Hindu pantheon, Vishnu is the central deity. There are three gods in the triumvirate, and they are in charge of the world’s creation, maintenance, and eventual annihilation. In addition to Vishnu, Brahma and Shiva are the other gods.
According to Hindu mythology, Brahma is the universe’s creator whereas Shiva is its destructor. It is Vishnu who keeps everything in order and safe. Being a Hindu, I’ve often wondered what Vishnu stands for; after learning more about him, I now understand his significance.
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Significance of Lord Vishnu: He Represents Absolute Consciousness
When trying to understand Vishnu as a personified God, his numerous incarnations in Hindu mythology can be a bit bewildering. However, Vishnu, like the other Hindu gods, is a metaphor for human awareness and personal characteristics. We perceive him as Absolute Truth, and in Vedic literature, he goes by the names Hari and Lord Narayana. Vishnu represents the ultimate state of awareness. This is why Hindus look to Vishnu as the ultimate guardian of the cosmos.
If you will observe any poster of the statue of Lord Vishnu you will notice some objects in his hand that is not just there to show what he looks like but has a meaning beyond that.
- The primordial sound of creation is symbolized by the conch, whose sound is “Om.”
- The mind is represented by the chakra.
- The lotus blossom is a symbol of glorified life and freedom.
- The mace is a symbol of both mental and physical might.
Lord Vishnu maintains the law and order in the universe, and not just that he upholds Dharma for the betterment of this world. Vishnu is revered by Hindus as the maintainer, protector, sustainer, and guardian of the earth, Hindu spiritual ideals, and the Vedic rules.
This duty continues to be one of Vishnu’s most prominent responsibilities. And just as he, as God, does what needs to be done, so, I think, do we, as mere humans, when, along the path of this life, we gain new insights and understandings, a responsibility to act morally.
Realizing one’s actual nature as the absolute consciousness that Vishnu symbolizes allows one to let go of their ego and find inner serenity, paving the way for a life of unending joy.
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