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919. Kshaminam varah - The Foremost whose very presence made the situation bearable for the elephant.

920. Vidvattamah - He gave yogic treatment to the elephant, healing it of its wounds by His mere touch.

921. Vita bhayah - He who dispelled the fear of Gajendra that very moment He came in his presence.

922. Punya Sravana Kirtanah - He who has imparted sanctity to the very narration and listening to this episode of Gajendra's rescue by Him. "O, the best of Kurus, a person who hears, thinks or talks about the episode of Gajendra's rescue by the Lord, is at once rid of all his/her sins." (Vishnu Dharma)

923. Uttaranah - He who lifted up both the elephant and the crocodile from the lake.

924. Duskritiha - The slayer of the evil doer. Having brought both the elephant and the crocodile on to the land. Madhava slew the crocodile with the discus.

925. Punyah - He who sanctifies even us who recall the episode of Gajendra Moksha.

926. Dussvapna Nassanah - How does He purify us as stated in the previous name? It is by cutting out the evil dreams. The passage in Vishnu Dharma 69 reads - mere recollection of the episode of the Gajendra Moksha is potent enough to allay (upasamayalam) the effects of bad dreams.

927. Viraha - He who exterminated the powerful adversary of Gajendra.

928. Raksanah - Bhagavan saved the elephant by gently placing His hand on it, embracing it and addressing soothing words of solace.

929. Santah - He who exists (for His devotees) or He who grants the devotee's desires (being the past participle of verb sanoti bestows) or He who increases the progency of the pious.

930. Jivanah - He redeemed even the crocodile through its regeneration into its former state as a Gandharva, duly rid of his curse. Huhu the Gandharva had been transformed as a crocodile due to the curse of sage Devala. Later, when the crocodile got slain by the Paramatma. He went back to swarga in the regenerated form (Vishnu Dharma 69).

931. Paryavashitah - He who enveloped Gajendra affectionately 'Pritiman Pundarikaksha! Saranagatha vatsalah (Vishnu Dharma). The lotus eyed Lord is affectionate towards those who seek refuge in Him.

932. Anantarupah - In such instances as this. He assumes innumerable forms at His volition to suit the needs of the occasion such as fish for saving the Vedas, tortoise for saving the Mantara mountain, Narasimha for saving Prahlada etc.

933. Anantasrih - He of interminable (unlimited) wealth all of which are meant to be bestowed on His devotees, Gajendra attained a divine body and left for the supreme abode.

934. Jitamanyuh - He who has conquered anger (keeping it under restraint, invoking it only for the nonce to quell the enemies of the devotee). In this particular context, He kept under restraint, His anger against the crocodile once the work was over.

935. Bhayapah - He who dispels the fear of the devotees. By virtue of His proverbial love for His devotees, Janardana could always be relied upon by them, as their unfailing saviour who would surely get rid of their fear (of Samsara). A true devotee has therefore no reason to feel lonely and helpless.

936. Chaturasrah - He who is adept in fulfilling the desire of His devotees (like Gajendra for whose rescue He dashed forth).

937. Gabhiratma - He of deep and profound nature. Even as He is easy of access to devotees as above. He is hard to get for others like Brahma etc.

938. Vidisah - He who is out of reach in all directions to their words of entreaty (for those as in previous nama 937).

939. Vyadisah - He who assigns duties to the respective functionaries in the divine heirarchy as above.

940. Disah - He does not treat Brahma and other functionaries who function as His subordinates in the governance of the sprawling universe with the same degree of intimacy and affection shown by Him to Gajendra, but issues commands to them.

941. Anadih - Bhagavan places Himself unreservedly in the hands of His devotees even though they are mere animals like Gajendra. He, however,, grants only fruits of lower order to Brahma and others because they do not consider Him as their foremost.

942. Bhur bhuvah - If a person has the correct knowledge of his essential nature that he is the servant of the Lord who is the Sole Master, then only he is said to exist. Bhur in the real sense. For that person (bhu) Bhagavan becomes the abode (bhuvah). That is why He assured Gajendra 'Nivasisyati mayyeva ata urdhvam na samsayah'. (Hereafter, you will live in Me alone. There is no doubt about it).

943. Lakshmih - The wealth. He alone is the aggregate of all riches for His devotees. Sarva Sampacca. My kingdom, my life and my happiness are all centered in you. (Ramayana, Yuddha Kaanda 99.5). For the Pandavas. Lord Krishna was everything (Krsnsrayah krsnabalah krsnanathasca pandavah).

944. Suvirah - He who possesses great valour. (it is by virtue of peerless valour, He retrieves His devotees from downfall and resuscitates them).

945. Ruchirangadah - He who exhibits His lovely form (unto devotees like Gajendra).

Na te rupam ... etc. They form is not for Thee, nor Thy body, weapons and abode are for Thee. Still Thou showest Thyself in the form of Purusha for the delectations of Thy devotees (Jitante Stotram). By Himself He needs none of these. In short it looks as though all that He does is only to regale His devotees, O, What a marvel !


athAto "brahma" zignAsA - Then thereafter be inquisitive to enquire about "the Absolute"