108 Names of the Sun: Surya Ashtottara Shatanamavali 108



Om nityanandaya namaha, Salutations to the Sun who is the embodiment of eternal bliss.


 

Glossary
nitya—daily Adi 10.67, Adi 10.68, Adi 10.99,
nitya—eternal SB 3.33.27, Adi 3.5, Adi 7.18-19,
nitya—always Bg 4.20, Bg 5.3, Bg 12.2, SB 8.2.9-13,
nitya—eternally SB 4.9.15, SB 4.22.38, SB 5.4.14,
nitya—regularly Bg 8.14, Antya 5.132
nitya—always Bg 9.22
nitya—who are always SB 5.24.8
nitya—daiiy Madhya 4.100
nitya—regularly, without fail Madhya 19.155
ānanda—bliss Adi 4.72, Madhya 8.163, Antya 5.126
ānanda—happiness. Madhya 9.340, Madhya 10.115, Antya 15.27
ānanda—the transcendental bliss. Madhya 16.31, Madhya 16.34, Madhya 16.36
ānanda—ecstasy SB 1.6.17, Madhya 10.81
ānanda—blissful SB 4.12.18, Madhya 6.152
ānanda—full of happiness. Adi 1.87, Madhya 11.61
ānanda—of bliss Adi 1.96, Antya 20.12
ānanda—pleased Madhya 4.110, Madhya 5.114
ānanda—great happiness. Madhya 9.282, Antya 6.108
ānanda—fully blissful SB 10.13.54
ānanda—joy Adi 4.187
ānanda—bliss. Adi 4.233
nit Hin. adv. always, daily.
nitya Hin., San. adj. invariable, permanent; continual; perpetual, eternal, unaffected by duality, time and space adv. always, constantly; for ever.
nityānanda (nitya+ānanda) San. m. the state of [being established in] eternal bliss.

 

Stupidity and suffering cannot be destroyed by rituals and rites – you know, the action of karma – this is the lesson the Upanishads teach us. In fact, what is happening now is Man has forgotten his real nature. He believes that he is the body, the senses etc. Man craves for objective pleasures and he convinces himself that this is wanted by himself and under this mistaken notion, he seeks to fulfil their cravings. He deludes himself that he can secure Ananda – eternal bliss – by catering to the body and the senses. However, he cannot earn bliss through such attempts. Instead, he is rewarded with disillusionment, defeat and even disaster. The Sun does not know sorrow, defeat, disaster. Why?

A critical point to consider is the regularity of the Sun, the attention the Sun pays to duty and proper performance of the task. The Sun has an eternal, endless capacity to fulfil the task of illuminating humanity which comes from the Sun embodying the eternal order of the Universe, dharma. The Vedas tell that dharma is the basis of life and how to reach the goal of life.

The word ‘Veda’ originated from the root ‘Vid’, meaning ‘to know’, “Vidana thu anena ithi Vedah”, “That which reveals and makes clear all knowledge is Veda”. The Veda can be mastered neither by limited intellect nor by limited experience. The sacred Veda instructs all that one requires for his spiritual advancement. It instructs one the means and methods to overcome all sorrows and grief. It instructs one in all the spiritual disciplines which can give unshaken peace. No one has understood correctly the beginning of the Veda or its end. So, it is hailed as Anaadi (Beginningless) and Sanathana (Eternal). Since the first and the last of the Veda are not known, it is Nitya, Everlasting.

The Sun is nitya, eternal, beyond the boundaries of Time; anandam as it is always filled with bliss.

 


Om nityanandaya namaha, Salutations to the Sun who is the embodiment of eternal bliss.

 

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