Hiranyagarbah: He who resides in a lovely Abode, He who resides as the soul of this golden universe

The Lord’s spiritual realm is as splendid as gold. He resides as the soul in all beings of this creation including Brahma.

The conditioned souls who rested within the body of the Personality of Godhead after the dissolution of the last creation came out in the sum total form of the lotus from the Lord’s navel. This is called hiraṇyagarbha.

sa eva puruṣas tasmād aṇḍaṁ nirbhidya nirgataḥ
sahasrorv-aṅghri-bāhv-akṣaḥ sahasrānana-śīrṣavān (SB 2.5.35)

The Lord [Mahā-Viṣṇu], although lying in the Causal Ocean, came out of it, and dividing Himself as Hiraṇyagarbha, He entered into each universe and assumed the virāṭ-rūpa, with thousands of legs, arms, mouths, heads, etc.

dvi-parārdhāvasāne yaḥ pralayo brahmaṇas tu te
tāvad adhyāsate lokaṁ parasya para-cintakāḥ (SB 3.32.8)

Worshipers of the Hiraṇyagarbha expansion of the Personality of Godhead remain within this material world until the end of two parārdhas, when Lord Brahmā also dies.

Persons who are worshipers of Hiraṇyagarbha, the plenary expansion of the Supreme Personality of Godhead Garbhodakaśāyī Viṣṇu, do not directly approach the Supreme Personality of Godhead in Vaikuṇṭha. They remain within this universe on Satyaloka or other higher planets until the end of the life of Brahmā. Then, with Brahmā, they are elevated to the spiritual kingdom.

‘sahasra-śīrṣādi’ kari’ vede yāṅre gāi (CC Madhya 20.292)

Garbhodakaśāyī Viṣṇu, known within the universe as Hiraṇyagarbha and the antaryāmī, or Supersoul, is glorified in the Vedic hymns, beginning with the hymn that starts with the word ‘sahasra-śīrṣā.’

sahasraśīrṣā puruṣaḥ sahasrākṣaḥ sahasrapāt |
sa bhūmiṃ viśvato vṛtvāty atiṣṭhad daśāṅgulam || (Ṛg Veda-saṁhitā 10.90.1)

Puruṣa, who has a thousand heads, a thousand eyes, a thousand feet, investing the earth in alldirections, exceeds (it by a space) measuring ten fingers

The Lord’s expansion of Garbodhakashayi Visnu in this cosmic creation is known as Hiranyagarbha. The Sun God who is the giver of sight to all is also known as Hiranyagarbha. When the Lord at very rare times takes the position of Brahma, He is known as Hiranyagarbha.

Lets chant the Holy Name of the soul of this Golden Universe and pray to be in His devotional service with true gold like Bhakti.

Nama 71 – VishnuSahasranama

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