The Profound Import of ‘Jai Srimannarayana’


Jai Sriamannarayana!

The Profound Import of Jai Srimannarayana!

H H Chinna Jeeyar Swamiji during his inimitable pravacanamu explained the meaning of “ Jai Srimannarayana “ during a Vikasatarangini Volunteer training camp conducted a  few years ago at JET Bldg, Domalguda, Hyderabad. This dasudu is one of the fortunate to listen and ventures to put a few words in a humble effort to translate it in English.

HH Chinna Jeeyar Swamiji started saying that it is not the name of any person.  Incidentally, tirunamams of H.H. Pedda Jeeyar Swami H.H. Chinna Jeeyar swamiji are same  as Sriman ‘Srimannarayanacharyulu’ in their purvasramam. Then what it is? The santhimantram we recite taken from ‘Ishavasyopanishad’ “Ishavasya”  and  “Purnamidhaam” just explain the nature and quality of the ‘Tatvamu’ of the God who is creator and controller of the universe.   We are trying to describe the quality which we adore and worship. We want to get to the core of the  source entire power and love  manifested and unmanifested  in the Universe. “NARA” means all things and “AYANA” means the base supporting from both outside and inside.  Support   from outside is like   the engine which makes it move. The inside support is like container holding a liquid. “ NARA+ “AYANA” forms one word “ NARAYANA”.  It represents  power. The quality which describes this power is ‘Narayana’. We are not limiting Him to any name.

The power alone is not useful and purposeful.  It should be   directed with love. Love means ‘Sri’. The person who has this quality is called Sriman. Like we say who has ‘buddhi’ is called  ‘buddhiman’.  Then, what business has He got to do all these things. Because he has got love for you, me and to entire universe.

Putting together the two words of  ‘Sriman’ and ‘Narayana’ together  becomes  one word  ‘Srimannarayana’ . Now, “ Srimannarayana” is a small ‘Mantra’ . Like a bulb has the quality of giving light, we may the quality as  “Prakasini”. It is  the ‘Tatvam’ the nature of that particular power. We want to keep the feeling of  ‘Srimannarayana’ to be ever present and topmost on our mind. Mind is like a ocean, it has many feelings.   We want that feeling to succeed and pervade all our life . So, we want that feeling to succeed in our lives.  We say ‘Jaya Ho’ for that feeling.  Then it becomes  “ Jai Srimannarayana!”  It is a feeling. Like we say  ‘hello’ to greet. We can express our greeting as a feeling like “Jai  Srimannarayana” . We are trying to describe the quality of God. The quality should have both power and love and it should flourish and spread all over.

It may be incidental that  we give a name to  quality of a person, ironically, the person may not a have iota of that  described quality. In a lighter vein,  like “ Suhasini”  with that name  she/ he  may be a very  bad tempered.  But, God has truly all those quailities symbolized in  “ JAI SRIMANNARAYANA”


Addanki Ramakrishna Ramanuja dasu

12th May 2010


One Response to “The Profound Import of ‘Jai Srimannarayana’”

  1. Pushpa Says:

    Very well and beautifully explained uncle.

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