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03 November 2007, 01:06 PM
Hey Sadhu what can you tell me about Shesha Ananta and his relation to the Vedas? I know that Krsna describes himself, "of the Nagas, I am Ananta" in the Bhagavad Gita, but this only confuses me more.

Can you help?

03 November 2007, 08:49 PM
S.A.D.H.U. is turned off, but I can say something about Ananta.

Ananta is one of the heads of Adi Shesha, the Divine Serpent upon whom Vishnu rests (and an incarnation of Vishnu in some Vaishnava Sampradayas). Ananta is seen as the greatest of all the thousand heads of Adi Shesha, which is why Krishna say "Of Nagas I am Ananta". Upon Ananta's hood - according to the Bhagavata Purana/Srimad Bhagavatam - rests this universe which is "as small as a mustard seed" when compared with the rest of his body.

To learn more about Lord Ananta, just read Canto 5, Chapter 25 of the Bhagavata Purana. You can read it here:


03 November 2007, 11:53 PM
Namaste Naomi,

ananta is “endless, boundless, eternal, infinite”
anantA is “the number one”
anantam is “the sky”

ananta is nara (or hara), the eternal foundation of nArAyaNa (or hari)

hara is bearing, and hari is born
hara is wearing, and hari is worn
hara is taking, and hari is taken
hara is bringing, and hari is brought
hara is removing, and hari is removed
hara is conveying, and hari is conveyed
hara is destroying, and hari is destroyed
hara is receiving, and hari is received
hara is obtaining, and hari is obtained
hara is captivating, and hari is caught
hara is color, and hari is colored
hara is variety, and hari is variegated
hara is the divisor, and hari is divided
hara is the seizer, and hari is seized
hara is the denominator, and hari is nominated
hara is luminous, and hari is illuminated
hara is the fire, and hari is the radiant beam
hara is the sky, and hari is the sun or moon
hara is the waters, and hari is the winds
hara is the source, and hari is the manifestation
hara is the conception, and hari is the realization
hara is intention or will to create, and hari is completion or perfect creation
hara is the father and the inheritence, and hari is the son and the heir
hara is nara, and hari is nArAyaNa
hara is the horse or vehicle, and hari is the rider or driver
hara is indra, and hari is viSNu
hara is varuNa, and hari is vAyu
hara is ananta, and hari is nArAyaNa

hara is the second person imperative to “ Create! ” ( bRMhan ), and
hari is the present and imperfect reply: “ I am created, and I am creating ” ( abRMham )

hara is “ to be ”, and hari is “ I am ”

05 November 2007, 12:10 AM
Thank you both that is very helpful.


23 January 2008, 05:01 AM
Naomi Chan, things that we see on the internet are, generally speaking, distorted versions of the original sanskrit texts. We have to learn sanskrit and read the originals. You can find complete hindu mythology in the 18 puranas authored by legendary sage VEDAVYAS.
I for one am so poor in sanskrit that I have not been able to compose even a single shloka so far.

03 March 2008, 07:33 PM
Things that we see on the internet are distorted versions of the original sanskrit texts.

Namaste Soham,

I am not sure what prompted your comment, but I would hope that this is not the case here on HDF. ;)

09 April 2008, 08:05 AM
Namaste Soham,

I am not sure what prompted your comment, but I would hope that this is not the case here on HDF. ;)

Namaste Soham, and Sarabhanga,

As with everything, one has to consider the source. Do your research and find out their credentials. This is as true with the internet as books, or anything else.

25 January 2009, 04:44 AM
Sanskrit is supposed to be written only in the devanagari script otherwise its intonations get affected and this is tantamount to wringing its neck. Improper chanting of some mantras may prove to be counter-productive.