Today, to kick off the belated Holi festivities at my local Temple, our priest performed Lakshmi Puja and Narayana Puja. He chanted the 108 names of Vishnu after which we returned with “Aum Namo Narayanaya” to confirm that all of these names were indeed none other than the Sathya Narayana, the Truth Personified.
Funny thing is that about halfway through this long list of epithets assigned to Vishnu, the priest stopped and said, in English (something I rarely hear from him) “I see so many of you, yet you sound like just one.”
I didn’t know why, but it made me smile to hear him light-hearted. And why shouldn’t he, and all of us be during Holi?
But not only was it a light-hearted moment, it spoke volumes. We, a mass of humanity, sounded as one while confirming the identity of Narayana as the “Resting Place of Vishnu” in all of His forms, just as the long list of names the priest was chanting were all but one as well.
Aum Namo Narayanaya!