2Enakshi Ganguly = ""In Hindu esoteric imagination, the supreme and ultimate reality is believed to reside in the Universal Soul, which is said to pervade the entire manifested cosmos. The cosmos itself is thought to have evolved from this abstract entity, which is formless and devoid of any qualitative attributes (Skt. Nirguna Brahman). It is neither male nor female, and is infinite, without beginning or end. It is both around us and inside us. The goal indeed of all spiritual practice is to unite with this Supreme Soul.To the eternal credit of Indian creativity, abstract concepts such as the one above are made intelligible to ordinary mortals like you and me through the invention of various forms which make comprehensible the ultimate, formless reality. Thus the Nirguna Brahmana (Nirguna - without quality) becomes Saguna Brahmana (Saguna - having qualities). This transformed entity is known in Sanskrit as Ishvara.The entire universe, along with the dynamic processes underlying it, is said to stem from Ishvara. For example, when Ishvara creates the universe, he is called Brahma, when he protects, he is called Vishnu, and when he destroys, he is Shiva. The three together constitute the trinity, which controls the universe and all its functions."Source: http://www.religionfacts.com/hinduism/beings/vishnu"
4Mohan S = "Vishnu literally means "pervading". The Supreme Being pervades the Universe to give it existence and meaning. Just as we have soul pervading our body, Vishnu pervades the Universe of souls and matter as Its Soul."
5Enakshi Ganguly = "Every evening, in Kolkatta, you can hear the sound of the conch, repeated three times, in every Hindu household. There is a belief that the conch's sound purifies the air, prepares us for the night fall. In many ways, it signals the end of the day, the coming of night, the passing of Time. In the case of Vishnu: "In Vishnu’s lower right hand, which represents the revolving or creative tendency, I hold the conch, symbol of the five elements. The Conch (SHANKH) named PANCHJANYA is the fountain that evolves the five elements, i.e., water, fire, air, earth and sky or space. When blown it produces a sound that is associated with primeval sound from which creation developed. This is one of the most important emblems of Vishnu. The blowing of the conch symbolizes the primordial creative voice and Indian mysticism links it to the sacred sound OM, which is said to be the breath of Vishnu, pervading all space. Its convolutions are variously suggested as the rising and setting sun, hence further cementing Vishnu's solar associations. Shankh literally means ‘pacifying the inauspicious.’"Source: https://sites.google.com/site/sapagroup1//pujo/religion/the-role-of-conch-in-hindu-gods"