Vishnu - Characteristics

Characteristics

The number of auspicious qualities of Vishnu as the supreme god is countless, but the following six are the most important:

  • Jnana (Omniscience), defined as the power to know about all beings simultaneously
  • Aishvarya (Sovereignty), derived from the word Ishvara, which consists in unchallenged rule over all
  • Shakti (Power or Energy), which is the capacity to make the impossible possible
  • Bala (Strength), which is the capacity to support everything by will and without any fatigue
  • Virya (Vigor), which indicates the power to retain immateriality as the supreme being in spite of being the material cause of mutable creations
  • Tejas (Splendor), which expresses His self-sufficiency and the capacity to overpower everything by His spiritual effulgence

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