108 Names of the Sun: Surya Ashtottara Shatanamavali #66

Om sauraye namaha, Salutations to the Sun who is born of heroism and valour.


śaurya—the strength SB 3.19.38
śaurya—influence SB 4.24.56
śauryam—heroism Bg 18.43
śauryam—chivalry SB 1.16.26-30
śauryam—power in battle SB 7.11.22
saura mfn. (-raH-rii-ra.n)
1 Solar.
2 Celestial.
3 Spirituous. m. (-raH)
1 A month, consisting of thirty rising and settings of the sun, a solar month.
2 A solar day, whilst the sun is in one degree of the ecliptic. f. (-rii) The wife of the sun.
E. sura a deity, &c., muura the sun, aN aff., or suuryya the sun, and ~NiiSh aff. for the fem. form.


Modern scientists deny the existence of God out of their ignorance. There is no place where God does not exist. Sarvatah panipadam tat sarvathokshi siromukham, Sarvatah sruthimalloke sarvamavruthya thishthati (with hands, feet, eyes, head, mouth and ears pervading everything, He permeates the entire universe). The same was stated by Prahlada;

Never doubt that God is here and not there. Wherever you search for Him, He is there. (poem)

Prahlada had unflinching faith. Hiranyakasipu was a great scientist. He could travel up to the sun; he could even reach the stars. When he touched the Polestar, the planet earth began to shake. He was one of such valour and courage. Till this day, no scientist has been able to accomplish what Hiranyakasipu could achieve. But, in spite of his valour and knowledge, Hiranyakasipu could not comprehend divinity.

Sthalabalam — Influence of Location

Rama and Lakshmana soon stepped into the forest. Wild beasts were seen everywhere and eerie sounds were emanating from all directions. This was the domain of Ravana’s sister — the demoness Surpanakha — and a sense of fear struck anyone who dared enter the forest, as every step was fraught with danger. Hence Vishwamithra repeatedly said, “O Rama! May all auspiciousness be added unto you.”

Here one must remember that the atmosphere of a place you are in, has a telling effect on your behaviour. Much later in the story when Lakshmana was accompanying Sita and Rama in exile in the forest, on reaching a particular place, all of a sudden his mind totally changed. He suddenly burst out, “Brother! What is all this trouble? Why are you, who is supposed to enjoy every luxury, suffering here? Why am I supposed to suffer with you? Let us go back to Ayodhya now. Why should we proceed further in this terrible forest? How are we expected to eat and foster ourselves?” It was a sudden burst of anger from Lakshmana. Rama merely smiled and expressed no reaction.

Instead, he took Lakshmana’s hand and led him out of the forest. The anger that erupted in Lakshmana stayed till they reached the border of the forest. The instant Rama led Lakshmana out of the forest, he calmed down to his usual self. As Rama let Lakshmana relax and calm down under a tree, he explained to the perplexed Lakshmana: “This is the kingdom of Ravana’s sister, Surpanakha. She roams freely in this area. When you had stepped into that area, the vibrations of that place — ‘Sthalabalam‘, affected you. Surpanakha’s evil qualities diffused into you and forced you to behave thus. We shall leave this place and go away.”

Lakshmana felt thoroughly ashamed of his earlier behaviour “Alas! What a shame! How could I utter such rough and uncultured words? It is not in me to talk thus. This is definitely the vibration of demonic surroundings. They are not my true feelings.” So, consoling himself, he asked Rama’s pardon and proceeded on their journey. Shortly thereafter they could experience the pleasant vibrations of Siddhashrama. The cool breeze and the Vedic chants charged the place with holiness. Vishwamithra then explained, “Sons! This is our Siddhashrama. Lord Vamana was born here. Lord Shiva resided here for a few days.”



Om sauraye namaha, Salutations to the Sun who who is born of heroism and valour.


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