(Hinduism, Vaishnavism)

Vishnu-smarana(*)
(performed after purvanga-karma, and before guru-puja)

(om) yam brahma vedanta-vido vadanti
pare pradhanam purusham tathanye
vishvodgateh karanam ishvaram va
tasmai namo vighna-vinashanaya

Obeisances unto Him who is the destroyer of all obstacles, who the knowers of Vedanta describe as the Supreme Brahman, and who others describe as the pradhana, or totality of mundane elements. Some describe Him as the supreme male person, or purusha, while others describe Him as the Supreme Lord and the cause of the creation of the universe. [Vishnu Purana]

(om) tad vishnoh paramam padam
sada pasyanti surayo
diviva cakshur-atatam
tad vipraso vipanyavo
jagrivamsah samindhate
vishnor yat paramam padam

Just as the sun's rays in the sky are extended to the mundane vision, so in the same way the wise and learned devotees always see the supreme abode of Lord Vishnu. Because those highly praiseworthy and spiritually awake brahmanas are able to see the spiritual world, they are also able to reveal that supreme abode of Lord Vishnu. [Rig Veda 1.22.20-21]

(om) madhavo madhavo vaci madhavo madhavo hridi
smaranti sadhavah sarve sarva-kareyshu madhavam

Lord Madhava is in one's words and Lord Madhava is in one's heart. All the saintly persons remember Lord Madhava [Vishnu], the husband of the goddess of fortune [Lakshmi], in all their undertakings [Nrisimha Purana]

(om) krishno vai sac-cid-ananda-ghanah
krishna adi-purushah krishnah purushottamah
krishno ha u karmadi-mulam
krishnah sa ha sarvaih karyah
krishnah kasham krid-adhisho-mukhya-prabhuh-pujyah
krishno 'nadis tasminn ajandantar-bahye
yan mangalam tal labhate kriti

Lord Krishna is the colour of a new rain cloud, therefore He is compared to a transcendental cloud full of eternity, bliss and cognisance. He is the original and supreme person. He is the origin of all activities and the one and only Lord of all. He is the worshipful Lord of the best of demigods, the controller of Brahma, Vishnu, and Shiva. Krishna is without any beginning. Whatever auspiciousness is found within or beyond this universe the devotee obtains in Krishna alone. [Krishna Upanishad, Rig Veda]

(om) hare krishna hare krishna krishna krishna hare hare
hare rama hare rama rama rama hare hare


(*) literally, "remembering Vishnu [Krishna]"

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