Out of 12th Adityas, only Vishnu is known as the saviour and the only one, who grants us the gift of final spiritual liberation.
The story of fish incarnation of Lord Vishnu is an extraordinary one. As per Srimad Bhagavatam, it happened in previous millenium. There was a pious king known as Satyavrata or “the one dedicated to the truth”. One day, he was performing his daily oblations on the bank of river Kritamala, which very name means “results of our pure actions”. While performing oblations to Sun-god, the king noticed a small fish in the water in his palms. The king threw it back into the river along with the oblation water. But then he heard a tiny voice appealing to him from the waters:
“My dear king, I do not like living in this waterpot with such difficulty. Please, find me some bigger reservoir of water, where I can live comfortably.”
Merciful king brought the fish to a large well. But, alas! Within a moment the fish developed to the length of three cubits. King, astonished to see this, decided to bring the fish to the lake – but then the fish assumed a gigantic form exceeding the extent of the water and said:
Helpless king didn’t know what to do. When he ran out of all other solutions, he simply brought the fish back to the ocean. But the fish complained there again:
“In this water there are very powerful and dangerous sharks that will eat me. How can you leave me here?”
King Satyavrata, astonished with these words bowed down and said:
This constant “discomfort” of Lord Vishnu in the form of the fish also represents the energy of Ketu and Divine discontentment, which pushes us beyond the limitations of the material world.
Ultimately, during this dark night of Brahma, Lord Vishnu in the form of Matsya avatar did not only carefully guided the king through the dark waters, but also had a fight with a demon called Ajnana or “ignorance” (also named Hayagriva), who stole the Vedas from Lord Brahma and thus disturbed the entire creation. At the end of Brahma’s day, when Brahma felt sleepy and desired to lie down, he yawned – and the Vedas emanated and escaped from his mouth, when the demon of ignorance have stole them.
“By the grace of the Lord, those who have lost their self-knowledge since time immemorial, and who because of this ignorance are involved in a conditional life full of miseries, obtain the chance to meet the true Guru. I accept the Lord as the supreme spiritual master. O Supreme Lord, for self-realization I surrender unto You, who are worshiped by the demigods as the supreme controller of everything. By your instructions, exposing life’s purpose, kindly cut the knot from the core of my heart and let me know the destination of my life.”
“In the beginning there is a circle. The circle represents All that is (the universe). By the connection of one (circle) with one (circle) a unity is formed. This is the meaning: the circle verily is the completeness in itself.”
“’Excuse me,’ said an ocean fish. ‘You are older than I, so can you tell me where to find this thing they call the ocean?’
‘The ocean,’ said the older fish, ‘is the thing you are in now.’
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