From Hindupedia, the Hindu Encyclopedia

By Swami Harshananda

A human being is called ‘nara’ since he is led into this world by his karma[1] done in the previous lives.[2] Nara is also the name of Lord Viṣṇu.[3] It is interpreted as:

  1. One who inspires a human being into actions and also gives the fruits of the same
  2. One who is beyond death and destruction[4][5]
  3. One who is cannot be changed
  4. One who destroys the miseries of human beings


  1. Karma means deserts of actions.
  2. Naye means to lead.
  3. Viṣṇusahasranāma, number 246
  4. Ra means kṣaya or destruction
  5. Na means not
  • The Concise Encyclopedia of Hinduism, Swami Harshananda, Ram Krishna Math, Bangalore

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