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Spechless Again…

September 12, 2011


The Hindu Trinity, Vishnu, Brahma and Shiva.

Vishnu, lying on the coiled body of the Shesh Nag, the thousand headed snake (Also Known as Adishesha, the Foremost amongst snakes), floating on the Ever Shifting Ocean of Life, which is nothing but Vishnu’s dream.

From his Belly sprouts a Lotus on which rests Brahma, the Creator.

And from his right hand, he pours his benediction on the Linga, representing Shiva.

Causation, Preservation, Sublimation. All from the same source.

This is the great circle of life to awaken from. This is the great dream to escape from. This is the wheel meant to be broken.

But awesomely represented, hmmmmmmm?

Such Archetypes….. ancient hindu sculpture in pure gold.

Pure gold indeed….

Mahavishnu and Trinity

Mahavishnu and Trinity


















And the stories, gripping….

1) Adishesha:

In Hindu (Vedic) tradition, Shesha (शेष) is the king of all nagas, one of the primal beings of creation, and according to the Bhagavata Purana, an avatar of the Supreme God known as Sankarshan.

In the Puranas, Shesha is said to hold all the planets of the Universe on his hoods and to constantly sing the glories of Vishnu from all his mouths.

“Adishesha”, which means First snake.

2) Ananta-Shesha:

Shesha is generally depicted with a massive form that floats coiled in space, or on the universal ocean, to form the bed on which Vishnu lies. Sometimes he is shown as five-headed or seven-headed, but more commonly as a many hundred-headed serpent, sometimes with each head wearing an ornate crown.

He is closely associated with Vishnu. His name means “that which remains”, from the Sanskrit root sis, because when the world is destroyed at the end of the kalpa, Shesha remains as he is.

So he is refered as “Ananta-Shesha” which means “Endless Shesha”.

Lord Vishnu is seen resting on the coils of the serpent Shesha, also called Ananta. Sheshanaga is the expansion of Lord Balarama, Lord Krishna’s brother, and serves the Lord in this way as the Lord’s support and paraphernalia. Shesha has a thousand heads swinging to and fro over the form of Lord Vishnu, creating a shelter and couch for the Lord.

Ananta is endlessly singing the praises and glories of the Lord from His thousand hoods without ever reaching the end. His hoods are also supporting the many planetary systems in the cosmic creation that are orbiting throughout the universe above His heads. Ananta also means endless in terms of the endlessness of cosmic time. This is also represented by His thousand hoods as divisions of time. The material worlds are created within the element of time, and are thus sustained by time. During the process of the universal annihilation, time ceases to exist, in which case the material planets are also forced into obliteration.

Lord Shesha is often seen floating on the causal waters of the Garbhodaka Ocean, which exists on the bottom of the universe. Lord Vishnu is thus resting on Sheshanaga as They float on the ocean. At other times, They are viewed floating on the Kshiramudra, or an ocean of white milk. This represents the Prakriti or the ingredients of the unmanifest material nature in its purest form.

3) Ananda Sesha as incarnation of Godhead:

(i) Srimad Bhagavatam 10.1.24:

“The foremost manifestation of Krishna is Sankarshana, who is known as Ananta. He is the origin of all incarnations within this material world. Previous to the appearance of Lord Krishna, this original Sankarshana will appear as Baladeva, just to please the Supreme Lord Krishna in His transcendental pastimes.”

(ii) Srimad Bhagavatam 5.25.1:

“My dear King, approximately 240,000 miles beneath the planet Patala lives another incarnation of the Supreme Personality of Godhead. He is the expansion of Lord Vishnu known as Lord Ananta or Lord Sankarshana. He is always in the transcendental position, but because He is worshiped by Lord Siva, the deity of tamo-guna or darkness, He is sometimes called Tamasi.

Lord Ananta is the predominating Deity of the material mode of ignorance as well as the false ego of all conditioned souls. When a conditioned living being thinks, ‘I am the enjoyer, and this world is meant to be enjoyed by me,’ this conception of life is dictated to him by Sankarshana. Thus the mundane conditioned soul thinks himself the Supreme Lord.”

(iii) Sri Chaitanya Caritamrita Adi-lila 5.120:

“That Ananta Sesha is the devotee incarnation of Godhead. He knows nothing but service to Lord Krishna.”

(iv) Srila Jiva Gosvami, in his Krishna-sandarbha:

“Sri Anantadeva has thousands of faces and is fully independent. Always ready to serve the Supreme Personality of Godhead, He waits upon Him constantly. Sankarshana is the first expansion of Vasudeva, and because He appears by His own will, He is called svarat, fully independent. He is therefore infinite and transcendental to all limits of time and space. He Himself appears as the thousand-headed Sesha.”

(v) A. C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada:

“Sankarshana of the quadruple form descends with Lord Rama as Lakshmana. When Lord Rama disappears, Sesha again separates Himself from the personality of Lakshmana. Sesha then returns to His own abode in the Patala regions, and Lakshmana returns to His abode in Vaikuntha.”

(vi) Bhagavad-Gita, Chapter 10, Verse 29:

In the Bhagavad-Gita, when in the middle of the battlefied Kurukshetra, Krishna explaining his omnipresence, says: “Of Nagas, I am Ananta” indicating the importance of Ananta Shesha.

4) Avataras of Adishesha:

Balarama, Lakshmana, and Nityananda Prabhu, are considered avataras of Shesha.

Patañjali is also considered an emanation or incarnation of Shesha and is iconographically depicted in naga form with naga canopy.

5) More on Adishesha:

In a story from the Puranas, Shesha loosens Mount Mandara, to enable it to be used in the churning of the ocean by the devas and asuras.

According to the Mahabharata (Adi Parva), his father was Kashyapa and his mother Kadru.


Much more to this churning story, in every dimension of our lives.

More on that another day…













7 Comments leave one →
  1. Terrance permalink
    September 13, 2011 4:19 am

    Powerful symbol in golden splendor ….. Thank you for sharing!

  2. Ray permalink
    September 13, 2011 2:18 pm

    V…….your words are beyond my ken,
    but this most remarkable golden form – provokes my … re-mark.

    As a professional goldsmith – of inquisitive mind
    particularly regarding the techniques and styles of antiquity,
    I find this Golden Body……. ahhh…….wuts the word ? Ha
    guess there are none…….But so stunning is it that
    old man Faberge would have lain awake at night dreaming of
    creating its equal………..Dream On !

    I have never before seen it…….but do so greatly appreciate…
    Thank You !

    • September 14, 2011 5:50 am

      A professional goldsmith ehhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh? Aha!
      So yes, pretty darn stunning work eh? Indian gold and silver and stone work is equal to any. Old culture I suppose. Some things you see in temples just make you weak in the knees. SPLENDOUR!!!

      What kinds of things do you make from the most noble of metals Ray?

      • Ray permalink
        September 14, 2011 4:06 pm

        Indeed…the equal of any V !

        I love ancient Scythian, Sarmatian,
        and Celtic work.
        “Ancient” seems to be the key word.

        I am now “re-tired”
        ( I thought tired was sufficient )
        and no longer “make” anything
        except…. make the Dogs mind.

        But I have always wanted to “Blacksmith”
        which also has an intriguing history.
        Where would stonemasonry be, without
        the making of iron tools ?

        So I now,
        am in process of building a “Forge”.
        Want to make some “Gates”
        and “Big Chimes”
        and make some…”Fun” !

        Metal is so fascinating !
        Its plasticity is way seductive,
        be it Gold, Steel or Titanium !

        And “Fire”…….well……

        Regards for now…

  3. Ray permalink
    September 14, 2011 4:57 pm

    Regarding this representation of the “Linga”,
    all I know is what I read….ie.,

    Perhaps you have other thoughts on such ?

    I don’t suppose Vishnu to be reclining
    on his couch reaching for a can of beer !

    That certainly is a “Cylinder” …is it not ?
    Yes it has a “rounded top”
    but it is not so very “exactly” phallic !

    And the object that this cylinder rests upon ?
    It looks to have a “spout” with something “dripping” ?
    Again phallic yes but…….perhaps some thing more here ?

    A distiller of sacred spirit oil ?

    Recall that in ancient Egypt such “Oil” was
    more costly than Gold ! hmmm.

    or…something other ???

    • September 15, 2011 2:56 pm

      Ahhhhh, Ray, you are asking of things that need long nights by the campfire, copious amounts of smoke and deep conversations.
      The very root, literal and figurative, of the matter.
      In short, the Linga is very much the phallus of Shiva, the perfect, Dormant Masculine. It sits in the Yoni, the Vulva, the Active, churning feminine. And from the interplay of the two, drips the nectar, variously known…. the very stuff of LIFE.

      And from above, Vishnu drops the Ganga, holy waters. A torrent, a drip….. all very metaphorical and real….
      hmmmmm….. can you google the word Tantra and see where that journey takes you?

      And if you can find it, a book called Tantra, the Cult of the Feminine…..

      If called, clearly a discussion meant to be continued…..

  4. Ray permalink
    September 16, 2011 5:30 pm


    Dormant Masculine – Active Feminine.~
    Yes, long conversations and copious amounts.

    That “drip” of nectar……spherical metaphor.

    The “Sacred Sphere” again !
    Sacred Geometry….i.e., Celestial Navigation.
    The….”ROOT” ~

    You will find Drunvalos Melchizedeks,
    “The Ancient Secret of the Flower of Life” ( two volumes )
    to be of great interest !
    “Ancient” indeed and “Melchizedek” indeed.

    It clarifies certain teachings of “Thoth the Atlantean”,
    that are put forth in “The Emerald Tablets”,
    …( The “Hermetic Tradition”…”Gurdjieff” )..etc.,
    that I do so love to puzzle over.
    More copious amounts of smoke needed.

    We, so happen to have a campfire site on a very
    pretty little creek here…..replete with Birds & Beavers etc.
    You are herewith invited….for said conversation… 🙂

    Thank you for the book recommendation (Tantra)
    It is on order !
    Winter is whispering.
    Real work to do til deep cold sets in.
    We will nuzzle our way into it then.


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