“O Vaidehi, you shall today see Rama along with Lakshmana, joining in determination like Vishnu killing the Daityas.” (Hanuman, Valmiki Ramayana, Sundara Kand, 37.22)
drakṣyasi adya eva vaidehi rāghavam saha lakṣmaṇam |
vyavasāya samāyuktam viṣṇum daitya vadhe yathā ||
Though Lord Vishnu is known as the maintainer, He is actually the origin of everything. The unmanifest material substance, pradhana, cannot do anything on its own. It is like having a sofa in the living room. If the desire is to move it someplace else, outside intervention is necessary. Paurusham, human effort, of some kind is necessary.
That Sanskrit word is based on purusha, which is person, enjoyer, male, or spirit. The original purusha is the Supreme Personality of Godhead. One of His many names is Vishnu. Purusha is dominant over prakriti, and since no one is superior to Vishnu, He is the original purusha to everything…
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