[Advaita-l] Notes on sha.nkaras usage of vishhNu, iishvara, etc.

Jaldhar H. Vyas jaldhar at braincells.com
Thu Apr 15 00:38:11 CDT 2004

On Wed, 14 Apr 2004, M. S. Ravisankar wrote:

> I recently saw a quotation (while studying chamakam[1]), which said that
> among the devata-s agni is the lowest and vishhNu is the highest [2]. This
> was used in the context of agnAvishhNu in the starting of chamakam -saying
> that the term agnAvishhNu  represents all devata-s starting from the lowest
> to the highest.
> Should this be interpreted differently?

Agni is the vahni (vehicle) and the purohit who brings Mans' sacrifices
to the Gods.  Vishnu as we have seen recently strides up to the highest
heaven.  So they are literally 'low' and 'high'.

Jaldhar H. Vyas <jaldhar at braincells.com>
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