108 Names of the Sun: Surya Ashtottara Shatanamavali #76

Om abjavallabhaya namaha, Salutations to the Sun is the beloved of – and brings delight to – the lotus flowers.


abja m. (-bja?)
1 The moon.
2 A kind of tree, (Barringtonia acutangula.)
3 The physician of the gods. See dhanvantari. mn. (-bja-bja) A conch. n. (-bja)
1 A lotus.
2 A large number, a million of millions.
abja-lotus flower SB 1.16.32-33, SB 4.7.20, Adi 12.1
abja-lotus SB 3.8.19
abja-a lotus SB 3.28.30
abja-from the lotus flower SB 3.33.2
vallabha mfn.
1 Beloved, desired, dear.
2 Supreme, superintending. m.
1 A lover, a husband, a friend.
2 A horse with good marks.
3 A superintendant, an overseer.
vallabha-pleasing. Adi 4.234
vallabha-of the name Vallabha Adi 10.84
vallabha-dear Vallabha Antya 4.34
vallabha-beloved Adi 4.218
vallabha-dear. Madhya 18.8
from the Navel of the Primal Person (the Purana Purusha), a lotus arose and bloomed, and all creation originated from that Lotus.


Creation is happening from beyond the beginning of Time. First, the lotus arose from the Navel of the Primal Person, called in the scriptures Narayana. From this Lotus, the Lord Himself manifested as Brahma; Brahma felt an urge to look at all the four quarters; so, he developed four faces. Brahma became aware that he must activate Himself, so that creation can happen; so He seated Himself in the Padmasana posture of Yoga and, entertained the Idea of all this Creation. Brahma is typically pictured seated on the Lotus Flower:



In the human body there are six nerve centres, all in the form of the lotus-flower. All the six lotus-forms have one letter or sound attached to each petal. Like the reeds in the harmonium, when the petals are moved, each one emits a distinct sound. Those who follow this statement intelligently may get a doubt; if the petals are said to move, who or what is moving them? Yes, the force that moves them is the primeval sound, the undistinguished indistinguishable sound, emanating without effort, irrespective of conscious will. That is the Pranava. As beads in the string, all letters and the sounds they represent are strung on the Pranava. That is the meaning of the statement that He is the “Pranava of the Vedas.” Krishna’s teaching is that you should merge your mind in the Pranava, which is the universal basis.

The lotus leaf is born under water; it floats on water; but it does not get wet. Man, too, must be in the world likewise – in it, by it, for it, but not of it

The lotus flower is a beautiful flower that can be found all over the world. But the start of this flowers life is not as beautiful is one might image. It’s unlike many other flowers. When the lotus first begins to sprout, it is under water, making its home in lakes and ponds in areas where the water remains fairly still on the surface. But underneath the surface, the lotus is surrounded by mud and muck and by fish, by insects, and simply dirty, rough conditions



Despite these conditions, the lotus flower maintains strength, and pushes aside each of these dirty obstacles as it makes its way to clearer surfaces. At this time, the lotus is still just a stem with only a few leaves, and a small flower pod. But in time, the stem continues to grow, and the pod slowly surfaces above the water, into the clean air, finally freeing itself from the harsh life conditions below. It is then that the lotus slowly opens each beautiful petal to the sun, basking in the worldly beauty surrounding it. The lotus flower is ready to take on the world.  Despite being born into dark, murky conditions, where hope for such beautiful life seems dubious, the lotus grows, rises above adversity. Ironically, this same dirty water washes it clean as it surfaces. As the lotus opens each petal to the air, not a stain or spot of mud remains externally. The inner lotus too, has never seen a drop of mud or dirty water. It is pure, and bright, and beautiful.

The supreme secret is that man must live in the world where he is born like the lotus leaf, which though born in water floats upon it without being affected or wetted by it. Of course, it is good to love and adore God with a view to gain some valuable fruit either here or hereafter; but, since there is no fruit or object more valuable than God or more worthwhile than God, the Vedas advise us to love God, with no touch of desire in our minds. Love, since you must love for love’s sake; love God, since whatever He can give is less than He Himself; love Him alone, with no other wish or demand.


Om abjavallabhaya namaha, Salutations to the Sun is the beloved of – and brings delight to – the lotus flowers.


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