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    Shesha Ananta

    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?

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    Re: Shesha Ananta

    Namaste.
    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:

    http://bhagavata.org/canto5/chapter25.html

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    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 ”

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    Thank you both that is very helpful.

    wow

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    Re: Shesha Ananta

    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.

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    Re: Shesha Ananta

    Quote Originally Posted by soham3 View Post

    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.

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    Quote Originally Posted by sarabhanga View Post
    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.

    Pranam,

    Devi

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    Re: Shesha Ananta

    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.

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