108 Names of the Sun: Surya Ashtottara Shatanamavali #86

Om paramatmane namaha, Salutations to the Sun who is the receiver of all this scintillating variety.


hari-the Personality of Godhead SB 1.2.13
hari-Visnu, the Personality of Godhead SB 1.2.23
hari-the Absolute Personality of Godhead SB 1.13.54
hari-unto the Supreme Personality of Godhead SB 4.31.31
hari-of the lion SB 5.8.4
hari-carrying Madhya 5.15


The Paramatman is the highest form of Brahmam, and when Brahmam is associated with qualities it is called Isharwa or Lord Shiva. In the trimurthi Lord Shiva is the receiver of all things.

The groups of Manthras in the Veda Samhithas are full of Stotras, glorifying Gods like Indra, Agni, Varuna, Surya and Rudra. The Aryans in ancient times earned peace and contentment and the fulfillment of their desires by sacrifices and rituals, addressed to these Gods through these Manthras. They realised that the Absolute Principle, the Paramatma, is One and one only; and they also knew that it manifests nevertheless as varied and manifold, under different Names and Forms.

Paramatma is characterised as Eternally Pure, eternally intelligent, eternally liberated, eternally illumined, eternally content, eternally conscious etc. It is Wisdom Itself and so it is the embodiment of all teaching. It is not attached to anything and so it is ever free. When the Brahmam is tasted, that very moment all hunger ceases, all desires come to an end and so it grants contentment.

The Sun, worshipped as embodiment of Paramatman, is worshipped in order to earn freedom from bondage. The mind is outward-going, as are the senses, which leap out before us. Whatever the mind sees, it takes the form of on the inner sky of the heart, the hrudayakasa. The mind is like a camera, we need to be careful before we point and click.

The mind is also in bondage to ahamkara, the tyranny of the ego which has its own mantra, “I, Me, Mine”. It is selfishness embodied, and if allowed to travel its own path, will bring its host to grief and suffering. As Buddha taught, the cause of suffering is desire.

The Sun as embodiment of Paramatman – Lord Shiva – is the one who burns up the mind, the body, the senses until there is only prajanam brahmam – constant integrated awareness remaining. The Sun is the receiver of all this distracting variety of maya, attachment and desires.


Om paramatmane namaha, Salutations to the Sun who is the receiver of all this scintillating variety.


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