1000. सर्वप्रहरणायुद्धः - Sarvapraharanaayudhdh = He who has all implements for all kinds of assault and fight.
Praharana refers to fighting/resisting/defeating obstacles. Sarva= all. aYudhah: weapons
In the last naam it was already mentioned that the Lord does not need weapons, but the intention is to say, He is armed for every kind of problem that the devotee has, or He can defeat every kind of difficulty a devotee has, even if at times, the problem has been created owing to a boon the Lord Himself has granted.
Such as in the case of Ravana. This celebrated king of Lanka was once a great scholar and vedic expert. His 10 heads held/represented the 4 vedas and the 6 shastras, they say. Such a learned man asked for the boon of immortality from Brahmaa and got it. But dharma always supercedes. And so it was with Ravana too. He was killed by the Lord Himself using a weapon that Lord Brahma himself had made for Indra and which was pointed to Lord Rama by Matali, His charioteer --sent for His service by Indra, whose charioteer Matali was and who Indra sends on special duty when he sees that the Lord is fighting from the ground while Ravana was on a well-equipped chariot. We know that Sri Rama was in exile and hence not in possession of any ammunition or chariot.
ततः संस्मारितो रामस्तेन वाक्येन मातलेः |
जग्राह स शरं दीप्तं निःश्वसन्तमिवोरगम् || ६-१०८-३
यं तस्मैन् प्रथमं प्रादादगस्त्यो भगवानृषिः |
ब्रह्मदत्तं महाबाणममोघं युधि वीर्यवान् || ६-१०८-४
Then, the valiant Rama, who was reminded thus by Matali, took hold of a blazing arrow, which was given by Brahma and which in turn was given to him by the glorious sage, Agastya earlier in the battle-field and which looked like a hissing serpent.
We see that the Lord was gifted weapons by various devas, some by ordinary folk, some made especially for Him. Thus Ravana is killed by the Lord with a weapon made by Lord Brahma. So even a blessing of the Lord can be called back if the jiva does not respect it, as we saw in the case of Ravana.
Such as in the case of Hiranyakashyap who had also obtained a boon of near immortality from Lord Brahma (again) and prowess in weaponry from Lord Shiva as a result of which he could not be destroyed at all. When his tyranny crossed limits, the Lord came as Narasimha and ended him using His claws as weapons. But the compassion of the Lord is immeasurable, for we know that Hiranyakashyap was Jaya, the doorkeeper of the Lord who had incurred the wrath of the Sanatkumaras and then been condemned to 3 human lives on earth. And the choice they made was that their praharaNa should be at the hands of the Lord Vishnu Himself!
Ditto Hiranyaksha his brother who was killed by the Lord assuming the form of a wild boar and kills him for stealing the earth, using His Sudarshan chakra.
Or Jarasandha, the father-in-law of Uncle Kamsa, who the Lord killed using tact/strategy/intelligence…. This will be difficult to grasp in one word. The Lord knew how Jarasandha was born. When after he had attacked the Yadavas 17 times, Krishna decided to relocate His clan to Dwarka. – asked him who he wanted to battle and he chose Bhima, and Bhima wrestled with him. Finally Krishna simply tore a blade of grass to indicate to Bhima that Jarasandha had to be ripped in two, for he was born as two half children (one to each of his father’s 2 wives) which a demoness Jara joined together. Hence his name Jarasandha. Thus, Bhagawan as Bhuta Bhavya Bhavat Prabhu (naam 4). There Gurudev says, He is the knower of the changes and the Illuminator of changes, the knower of our past-present and future, is the intelligence which He wields for accomplishing dharma. Dharma, says Krishna, is Supreme. If He resorted to adharma it was to establish dharma; whereas the kauravas used adharma to perpetrate adharma.
Likewise, Krishna wrestled Kamsa and killed him. But before that He kills Chanura the mountain of a man who was known to have crushed people with his weight. Krishna kills him by spotting his weak spot – his left leg that was painful. Krishna attacked him again and again on the left leg and exhausted him. The rest was easy. Once Chanura dies and Balarama kills Mushtika, Kamsa is hopeless; wrestling him was easy.
Every person killed by the Lord, has been found to be veering towards and steeped in adharma.
‘Killing’ is only an expression we know to reflect the end of a body. But for the Lord it is paritraanaay sadunam and vinaashaaya (cha) dushkritam. It is merely moving an obstacle out of the way.
And for the Lord too it is not destruction as we see it, for we are attached to the external world and define ourselves through it. So any ‘damage’ to the body or the external world depletes us, hurts us, pains us as we identify with them all. We want to keep them, hold on to them, even if it is causing pain to another. But the Lord brooks no nonsense. If someone is causing obstacles or damage to His devotee, the Lord moved that person or object out of the way. And that is the ultimate price for a vasana. The Lord thus removes all vasanas using His weapons or Intelligence and fulfils His promise of salvation.
Towards this He has all kinds of weapons, strengths, abilities, skills, powers, intelligence. He has already told us in BG X: 4,5 that –
4. Intellect, wisdom, non-delusion, forgiveness, truth, self-restraint, calmness, happiness, pain, birth or death, fear and also fearlessness, . . .
5. Non-injury, equanimity, contentment, austerity, beneficence, fame, infamy --- all these different kinds of "qualities-of-beings" arise from Me alone.
If we ponder over these, we will see that it is all these that He brings to us, and if we have these, then they are from Him. And these itself come as rewards and as punishments; these themselves become the cause of our vasana building or vasana exhaustion.
So what the Lord possesses cannot even be listed. Everything is an aayudha, a weapon depending on how He uses it for our welfare. That is the point being made in this last naama: that the Lord has more weapons than we can count, or, For every difficulty, obstacle, He has a weapon for its removal.
As mentioned earlier, these aayudhas include the subtle ones too, not necessarily a tangible shankh-chakra-gada-nandakee… it is even the subtle, like His intelligence and His tact. And we know that even the experiences we experience are His prasaad. To corroborate this, we refer to Sri Adi Sankara’s words where he says, -- even though finger-nails are not considered Ayudham or weapons, we can see that the Lord used them as weapon in the case of Hiranyakashyap. From this every means used by the Lord can be extrapolated to mean aayudham.
And as Agranee He has undertaken to deliver us, to take us across the difficult, pain-ridden samsara, through fear and confusion and anxiety to the Goal. Hence how He does it includes the various aayudhas He applies. What we may see as weapons are mere means to protect us, to save us, exactly as He promised, ….
And even if we are enmeshed in a situation that seems like a dead end, He will save for He is Narasimha-vapuh (naam 21) – half human and half lion, who assumed that form only to show us that there is nothing that escapes His valour and victory.
He is Sarvah (naam 25) – He is the origin and end of all and at all times He cognises all. If He can be the cause of the ntire pralaya, what then is our meagre problems? Then again, He is Achyutah (100), One who NEVER falls from His Real Nature as the Agranee, the Deliverer, the Guide…
Every naam in the Sahasranaam can be recalled and repeated to corroborate His all-pervasive presence. That He is Sarvadarshanah (naam 94), sahasraaksh (226) – of innumerable eyes, Sarvatachakshuh (625) – who has eyes everywhere, and sahasrapaada (227) of innumerable feet – we remind ourselves that every difficulty and obstacle is seen and known by Him and He removes each and every one of them as He is the One who is leading us Home. Once again we remain reminded that He is Vaikuntah (405)who prevents men from going astray, and since He Himself is Nivruttaatma (229) completely withdrawn from all identification with matter, untouched by samsara He alone can, will and does remove every obstacle and sin/ vasana or karmaphala and deliver us.
Lastly, the Lord keeps His promise and that is critical for us to remember. He will protect us, guide us, lead us out of our own vasanas and erroneous ways, despite ourselves : that is His love and commitment to devotees.
To that One Who has weapons to meet any missile, however powerful, our koti koti prostrations. We may wander, but Oh Agranee, you bring us on track!
Om Sree Chinmaya Satgurave Namah, Om SarvapraharaNaayudhaaya Namah
OM SARVAPRAHARANAAYUDHAAYA NAMAH!
ॐ सर्वप्रहरणायुद्धाय नमः
SALUTATIONS TO THE ONE WHO HAS WEAPONS THAT ACT AGAINST EVIL