Vishnusahasranama

Shambhuh: One who provides happiness to everyone by His beauty

‘Sham’ means true and real joy or happiness and ‘Bhuh’ means the one who provides. Shambhuh is therefore the one who provides happiness.

Everyone is very much enamored by this worldly beauty. Material beauty is false as its manifestation is very, very brief. It is so brief that seems like a mirage. The Vedas mention that the reservoir of beauty is Krishna, the Supreme Lord. The beauty we see in this world is all from Him.

veṇuṁ kvaṇantam aravinda-dalāyatākṣaṁ barhāvataṁsam asitāmbuda-sundarāṅgam

kandarpa-koṭi-kamanīya-viśeṣa-śobhaṁ govindam ādi-puruṣaṁ tam ahaṁ bhajāmi (BS 5.38)

I worship Govinda [Krishna], the primeval Lord, who is adept at playing on His flute, whose blooming eyes are like lotus petals, whose head is bedecked with a peacock’s feather, whose figure of beauty is tinged with the hue of blue clouds, and whose unique loveliness is charming millions of Cupids

The Supreme Lord Krishna has manifested  Himself and His beauty is eternal and spiritual. His beauty is ever fresh and blooming.

Adharam madhuram vadanam madhuram nayanam madhuram hasitam madhuram

hṛdayam madhuram gamanam madhuram madhuraadhi-pater akhilam madhuram (Madhurashtakam)

“His lips are delightful, His face is delightful, His eyes are delightful, His smile is delightful, His heart is delightful, His walk is delightful – Every little aspect of His is delightful”.

Let’s chant the Holy Name and meditate on this very beautiful form of the Lord and seek to see His beauty always. May our eyes look towards the real beauty, the eternal and true one, Shyam Sundara.

Nama 38 – VishnuSahasranama

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