108 Names of the Sun: Surya Ashtottara Shatanamavali #57

Om bhagavate namaha, Salutations to the Sun who the Divinity of the Supreme Personality.


bhagavate San. M. dat. to God (bhagavat), for God.
bhagavate — unto the Supreme Personality of Godhead SB 3.9.18,
bhāgavate — in Śrīmad-Bhāgavatam Adi 2.9,
bhagavate — unto the Personality of Godhead SB 1.1.1,
bhagavate — the Supreme Personality of Godhead SB 4.30.42,
bhagavate — the Supreme Personality of Godhead, full with six opulences SB 6.16.48, SB 6.19.7
bhagavate — unto the Personality of Godhead Śrī Krishna SB 2.6.38
bhagavate — unto the lotus feet of the Supreme Personality of Godhead SB 5.18.18
bhagavate — unto You, the Supreme Personality of Godhead SB 5.18.30
bhagavate — the most powerful SB 5.20.33
bhagavate — unto You, the Lord, who are full in six opulences SB 6.16.25
bhagavate — Your Lordship SB 6.16.47
bhagavate — unto the Supreme Person SB 7.10.10
bhāgavat Hin. bhāgavata San. adj. having to do with God – usually Vishnu and his incarnations m. devout vaishnava (devotees of Vishnu and his incarnations), those godly people who follow the bhāgavata dharma and practice seeing the Lord’s presence in all; the stories of those with intense yearning for God
bhagavat mfn. (-vān-vatī-vat) Respectable, worshipful, adorable, and hence the common appellative of a prince or deity.

Sage Sukha Addresses Parikshit

The sage Suka adjusted himself in his seat and began: “The Supreme Sovereign Lord manifesting Himself as Brahma, Vishnu and Maheshwara, through the prompting of Primal Desire (Moha) is engaged in creating, fostering and destroying the worlds. In what is thus created, there is always the principle of Dualism. There is difference and disparity between one and another. If these differences and disparities are harmonized wisely, the world will have happiness and peace. If, on the other hand, living beings behave wrongly, the world will be sunk in anxiety, misery, and confusion. When these arise, the Lord assumes appropriate Forms and affords necessary protection and correction. He sets right the damaged world, removes the evil forces that caused the damage, and instructs mankind in the science of fostering the right and the good.

Such is the task of the Supreme Personality; in each manvantara, there is a new Supreme Personality, there are successive Big Bangs, and a new era begins. Once again, The Sun reflects the Supreme Personality in an eternal jyoti-darshana, manifestation of light which manifests the divine form without change to its nature, its state of all-giving, all-loving, all-encapsulating. We are all fish swimming in the ocean of divinity – some would call it bhavasagara tharanam, the ocean of suffering, the life with ups and downs, inevitable hopes and joys, sorrows and suffering. Once a soul enters the womb of maya and takes birth, the duality of maya and all its suffering is inevitable.

For the whole world, the sun is the visible manifestation of the Lord. And the sun is the source of time. Surya is the father of time (Kala) as the Sastras declare. The sun limits and regulates the number of years each one lives; the sun diminishes every day a fraction of the allotted span. So the sun is the supreme arbiter, the maker of man’s destiny. Whether one wills or not, every deed of his is performed under His auspices and dedicated to Him. Consider the fruits of the path of dharma that the Sun follows and offers to all on Planet Earth. That is within the daily experience of all; every one is witness to that. The Sun is the source of all life, plant and animal, upon this planet. Without His rays, it will be a desolate waste. He draws up into the sky the waters of seas and lakes, and from the clouds He pours rain on the crops. He is ever the Dharmadevatha, scattering His rays equally on all.

At the point of creation, the great Shiva lingam where new sparks of the Divine burst forth each and every spark of the divine takes its own journey, ever an inseperable part of the divine, yet ever on a journey of its own choosing. Some choose to walk the path holding the hand of the divine in the darkness of the dawn; other sparks of the divine take their journey into seemingly shoonya, the emptiness, without the hand of the divine, yet ever to return and finally merge once again in the divine in involution. There is no judgement which path the spark of the divine takes when it emerges from the great Shiva Lingham. Just as there no jugement, so also, the Sun is the Supreme Personality, ever following dharma and giving light and heat, scattering his rays equally on all.



Om bhagavate namaha, Salutations to the Sun who the Divinity of the Supreme Personality


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