shaanta-kaaram bhujaga-shayanam padma-naabham suresham
vishwa-dhaaram gagana-sadrisham megha-varanam shubhaangam.
lakshmi-kaantam kamala-nayanam yogi-bhi-dhyaana-agamyam
vande vishnum bhava-bhaya-haram sarva-lokaika-naatham.
Meaning of the Vishnu Mantra
I sing praise to Lord Vishnu. He who has the peaceful (shaanta-) demeanor and visage (-kaaram). He who sleeps and reposes (-shayanam) on the serpents (bhujaga-). He who has a lotus shaped (padma-) navel (-naabham). He who is the master and lord of all the gods (suresham). I pray to the Lord Vishnu. He who holds (-dhaaram) the universe (vishwaa-) in his hands. He whose vision (-sadrasham) exceeds beyond all the skies (gagana-). He whose color and visage (-varanam) is changeable like the clouds (megha-). And he who is filled with goodness (shubh-) in every part (-aangam) of his body. I sing praise to the Lord Vishnu. He who is the husband (-kaantam) of the goddess of wealth (-lakshmi). He whose eyes (-nayanam) are surreal like a lotus flower (kamala-). And he who yogis yearn to reach (-agamyam) through meditation (-dhyaana). I sing praises (vande-) to the Lord Vishnu (-vishnum). He who removes (-haram) all our fears (-bhaya) due to our inborn nature (-bhava). And he who is the master (-naatham) of the entire (-sarva) universe and creation (-lokaika).
विश्वाधारं गगनसदृशं मेघवर्णम् शुभाड्गं ।।
लक्ष्मीकातं कमलनयनं योगिभिध्यार्नगम्यं ।
वंदे विष्णुं भवभयहरं सर्वलोकैकनाथं ।।
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