108 Names of the Sun: Surya Ashtottara Shatanamavali #78

Om acintyaya namaha, Salutations to the Sun who is of inconceivable nature.


acintya — inconceivable Bg 8.9, SB 4.8.57, Adi 5.90,
acintya – śakti — inconceivable potency Adi 17.305, Madhya 21.71
acintya – prabhāva — inconceivable influence Antya 2.33
acintya – śakti — inconceivable power Madhya 6.170
acintyaḥ — inconceivable Bg 2.25
acintyāḥ — inconceivable Adi 17.308
acintya mfn. (-ntyaḥ-ntyā-ntyaṁ) Inconceivable, unimaginable, incomprehensible.
E. a neg. cintya conceivable.


The Sun – as planet – is also one of the Gods and is self-effulgent, just as the atma (soul within) is self-effulgent. As we have seen, the Sun is both the inner and outer Sun. It is the Inner Sun because the atma – the soul within – is in fact a spark of the Divine, it is divinity itself. Just as divinity is inconceivable in nature, so also, the Sun is inconceivable in nature.

When you remember fire, you do not feel the heat; it is only when you hold it in your hand that you experience the heat. So too, all objects are different from the knowledge you have about them. Knowledge is one thing, actual experience is another. Moreover, the search for the First Cause is an endless adventure. For, even in the complete absence of the snake, one sees it in the rope. It is all a figment of the imagination. In dreams, with nothing concrete, all the joy and sorrow of manifoldness are undergone. For the machinations and inferences of the mind, no basis or explanation is needed. Irresponsible inferences about the unreal world will pester the mind so long as the illumination of Truth is absent.


 The First Cause is beyond the senses and inconceivable in nature.

In the Bhagavad Gita, Krishna says:

Kavim puraanam Anushaasithaaram
Anotaneeyaan samanusmaredhyah
Sarvasya dhaathaaram Achinthyaruupam
Aadhithyavarnam Thamasah parasthaath.

(The Being who is wise, ancient, the ruler, smaller than the smallest, the sustainer of all, inconceivable form, resplendent like the sun and beyond the darkness of ignorance).


Om acintyaya namaha, Salutations to the Sun who is of inconceivable nature.


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