Vishnu karnodbhavam chaapi madhu naama mahaasuram |
tasya taavadvadhaadeva deva daanava maanavaah madhusoodana ityaahur-rshayashcha janaardanam ||’ (Mahabharata 2.63.13)
Because Sri MahaVishnu destroyed the MahaAsura by the name ‘Madhu’, He is called Madhusoodana by the Sages, Devas, Asuras and Men.
Madhu also represents Karma-phala or fruits of action, Madhu = Honey. Every actions creates and impressions and these Vaasanaas or Desires or habits are destroyed when we chant the Holy Name of the Lord and so the Lord is known as Madhusoodhanah – “The Destroyer of these Vaasanas or desires”.
Sridhara Svami defines the name as follows: “False ego is as sweet as honey and resides in the heart of everyone, making one forget his own identity. It intoxicates everyone. He who destroys false ego with the torchlight of knowledge is called Madhusudana.” By extension, the word madhu has come to refer to both the bumblebee and Krishna. Just as bees tend to enjoy the honey of the lotus, Krishna enjoys the honey of His devotees’ love. Srila Rupa Goswami, the great Vaishnava saint of sixteenth century, uses this dual meaning of Madhusudana in Act Five of his devotional drama Vidagdha Madhava:
Lets chant the Holy Name of the destroyer of the false ego and pray to Him t destroy our false ego, and all our fuiritve Vaasanas or desires and just desire to simply keep us in His devotional service always
Nama 74 – VishnuSahasranama
End of Shloka 8
Ishaanah Praanadah Praano Jyeshttas Shreshttah Prajaapatih |
Hiranyagarbho Bhoogarbho Maadhavo Madhusoodanah ||8||
Hare Krishna Hare Krishna Krishna Krishna Hare Hare
Hare Rama Hare Rama Rama Rama Hare Hare Hare