Vaikuntha

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By Swami Harshananda

Vaikuntha literally means ‘that which is without or beyond destruction’.

Vaikuṇṭha, a Synonym of Viṣṇu

This word is used as one of the names of Viṣṇu and also of his abode or world. Viṣṇu is called Vaikuṇṭha since he is:

  1. Without or beyond destruction
  2. The ruler of jīvas[1]
  3. The giver of knowledge

Vaikuṇṭha, an Abode of Viṣṇu

Vaikuṇṭha is more well-known in the epics and purāṇas as the abode or world of Viṣṇu. This world is of infinite dimensions. The liberated souls live there having a similar form as the Lord Viṣṇu. It is full of unimaginable wealth and splendor. Great beings like Brahmā, sages like Śanaka and other perfected beings live there in eternal bliss under the loving care of Viṣṇu and Lakṣmī serving them with deep devotion.[2]


References

  1. Jivas means individual selves.
  2. Bhāgavata 3.15.14-25
  • The Concise Encyclopedia of Hinduism, Swami Harshananda, Ram Krishna Math, Bangalore