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Vishnu by Mind Map: Vishnu
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Vishnu

God

supreme

God of the past, present and future, the creator and destroyer of all existences, one who supports, sustains and governs the Universe and originates and develops all elements within.

preserver of the world

takes on a human form when things are bad and fixes them

animals are constantly fighting to show the opposite forces that make the happy middle of Vishnu.

Appearance

blue-skinned

nature is a infinite as the sky

four arms

The physical existence of Vishnu is represented by the two arms in the front while the two arms at the back represent his presence in the spiritual world.

his all-powerful and all-pervasive nature.

north, south, east, west

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Discus

represents the spinning universe

held by upper right hand

represents purified spiritualized mind

burns away the spiritual ignorance and illusion

also called chakra or "Sudarshana", "Su" means good, superior, "Darshan" means vision or Sight; together it is "Superior Vision

destruction of ones ego

Golden Mace

held by lower left hand

symbolizes Vishnu's divine power is the source all spiritual, mental and physical strength.

signifies Vishnu's power to destroy materialistic or demoniac tendencies

Vishnu's mace is the power of the Divine within humans to spiritually purify and uplift them from their materialistic bonds

conch seashell

held by the upper left hand

represents Om, the sound from which the universe manifested.

water, fire, air, earth and sky or space.

represents the five airs or Pranas that are within the body and mind.

symbolizes that Vishnu is the primeval Divine sound of creation and universal maintenance.

often shown reclining or asleep as he awaits the next annihilation and renewal of the world

Lotus

held by lower right hand

represents spiritual liberation, divine perfection, purity

The lotus opening its petals in the light of the Sun is indicative of the expansion and awakening of our long dormant, symbolizes that god is the power and source from which the universe and the individual soul emerges.

Eyes

left eye: dark, symbolic of the night

right: light, symbolic of the day

earrings

He is to shown wearing two earrings: The earrings represent inherent opposites in creation — knowledge and ignorance; happiness and unhappiness; pleasure and pain.

Snakes

infinity- symbols of the ocean, from which creation emerged and where it will return

Avatars

Matsya

incarnated himself as a fish

similar to Joan of Ark story

After the world was flooded, Vishnu created the new era

Kurma

incarnated himself as the tortoise

held up Mt. Mandara on his back

Varaha

incarnated himself as the boar

saved the Vedas after they were stolen from Lord Brahma by the demon Hiranyaksha

Narasimha

incarnated himself as a half man-half lion

killed the demon Hiranyakasyapa

Vamana

incarnated himself as a dwarf priest

crushed the greedy Bali

Parasurama

incarnated himself as a brahmana (priest)

avenged all the kshatriyas who had become arrogant and were suppressing the brahmans in the world., A kshatriyas was a member of the second highest of the four castes of traditional Indian society, responsible for upholding justice and social harmony, and including people in governing and military positions.

Rama

incarnated himself as Rama, Rama is a deified hero worshiped as an incarnation of Vishnu.

spends 14 years in the forest, with wife SIta

one version he kills his wife, the other he rescues her from a demon and they return to Ayodhya and rule for 1000's of years

Krishna

incarnated himself as Krishna, Krishna is the central character in the epic Mahabharata

about a war

Buddha

incarnated himself as Buddha, Buddha is the ascetic prince who renounced the throne to lead the world on the path of peace., founder of the Buddhist religion prominent across the world

he left his wife and children to a hermit's life in the forest, where he eventually became the "enlightened one".

Kalki

incarnated himself as Kalki

rides a white horse with a blazing sword

At the end of the present era, it is said that he is going to punish all evil doers in this world, destroy this world supposedly and recreate a golden age again.

Lakshmi

goddess of fortune

appeared with all of Vishnu's incarnations

Two of the most famous prayers for worshipping Ma Lakshmi are Sri Lakshmi Stuti and Sri Sukta.

Vaishnavism

Shiva, the main God of many Hindus is only a servant of their god Vishnu

The followers of Vaishnavism are referred to as Vaishnavas or Vaishnavites

includes the central beliefs of Hinduism such as reincarnation, samsara, karma, and the various Yoga systems

the ultimate goal of Vaishnava practice is an eternal life of bliss

Garuda

large mythical bird or bird-like creature that appears in both Hindu and Buddhist mythology

the mount of Vishnu

Appearance

Golden body

white face

red wings

eagle's beak

strong man's body, wears a crown on his head. He is ancient and has size enough to block out the sun.

Depictions

standing on a lotus flower

often accompanied by Laksmi

Reclining on the coiled-up thousand-hooded Shesha Naga, with his consort Lakshmi

Riding on the back of his eagle mount, known as Garuda.

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