The Matrix of Maya: Vishnu
One of the three important Gods of the Hindu pantheon, Lord Vishnu is considered Mayapati: the lord of Maya. He spreads his delusions, reverie, and sometime charlatanry for pelf. Lord Vishnu is considered the preserver of this universe who looks after all the living and non-living things of the world. When required, Vishnu takes birth on the earth to save it from tyranny, chaos, evil, and demons and to make Dharma prevail.
Vishnu in Sanskrit means, ‘the preserver’ or ‘the one who is present in everything or is everything’. Vishnu is depicted as a blue or black coloured body form with four hands. Different things are held in all these four hands. On one hand, he carries Sudarshan Chakra, denoting war to restore dharma. One hand carries conch, which is spiral and is called Panchjanya, denoting the spiral cycle of life and death. The third hand is carrying Gada, a club denoting authority and power of knowledge. On the fourth hand, he carries the Padma, a lotus flower depicting purity and transcendence. He is also shown wearing Kaustubha mani: a gem, in his neck, and a garland of vaijanti flowers. He is mostly seen reclining on the coiled serpent called Shesh Naga or seated in a yoga pose.
The Mayapati Vishnu
Vishu is called Mayapati or the lord of Maya. Maya has various meanings and contexts in Hinduism. This is one of the many powers of Lord Vishnu with which he keeps the word in an allusion. People don’t see the reality of their existence; instead, they run after pelf under the Maya of the Lord Vishnu. Ancient Vedic texts depict Maya as extraordinary power and wisdom which ordinary organisms cannot fathom. The later Vedic texts show Maya as an illusion or magic under the spell of which things appear to be present but actually they are not, thus are spiritually unreal. Maya can also be presented as the power that can conceal the true character of spiritual reality.
Vishnu is worshipped widely among Hindus. Goddess of prosperity Lakshmi is his consort. His incarnation as Krishna and Shri Ram is the most worshipped and revered. Vishnu is also known as Hari, the one who can remove the Maya jaal or the web of illusion. Worshipping him not only provides relief from worldly pains and tensions but also frees one from the spell of his Maya.
How to please Lord Vishnu
The devotion of Lord Vishnu makes a person happy, healthy, and prosperous. There are many divine mantras in our scriptures, chanting these mantras can please the Mayapati.
‘Om Namo Bhagvate Vasudevaye’, is the most famous and the most chanted Vishnu Mantra. This is also known as the Mukti (Liberation) Mantra.
Second mantra that pleases Lord Vishnu is
"Shantakaram Bhujagashayanam Padmanabham Suresham,
Vishwadharam gaganasadrisham Meghavarnam Shubangam,
Lakshmikantam Kamalanayanam yogibhirdhyanagamyam,
Vande Vishnu bhavabhayaharam Sarvalokaikanatham"
The third Mantra that pleases Lord Vishnu and is called Manglam mantra is
"Mangalam Bhagwan Vishnuh, Mangalam Garunadhwajah
Mangalam Pundari Kakshah, Mangalaya Tano Harih"
Lord Vishnu can be pleased with his Aarti and bhajans too. The famous Aarti, Jai Jagdish Hare, is done to pay reverence to Lord Vishnu.