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  • Sri Vishnu Sahasranamam contains 1000 Names of Sri

    Mahavishnu. This entire compiling was done after the

    Mahabharata war and Saint Vyasa Mahamuni wrote the entire

    versus with answers for the queries raised by respective

    personnel they were part of that time.

    Every Name of Sri Vishnu has a meaning to it; quite apart

    - the phonetic vibrations by chanting each Name known as

    Nama and the chain of names known as Namavali

    produces fantastic results of vibrations that are essential for

    human knowledge and wisdom. What the phonetic sound

    vibrations create to the chanter or to the one who hears it is

    very well established by many eminent scholars. For attainment

    of spiritual liberation, one must involve himself/herself to the

    glories of the Lord Sri Mahavishnu, by reciting the entire slokhas.

    This not only strengthens the brain neuron chips but also

    emits the brain wave at a very conducive limits that can

    revibrate the energies into ones own body. Besides, the thought

    and thinking of a person can also be regulated to divine path.

    Thats the exact value, which bring every Bhakta known as

    devotees of Sri Maha Vishnu.

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  • Birth of Sri Vishnu Sahasra Nama - The 1000 Names of Sri

    Maha Vishnu.

    The legend would have it that at the end of the epic

    Mahabharata war, Bhishmacharya was awaiting the sacred hour

    to depart from his physical body unto attain mukti. Yudhishtira,

    the eldest of the Pandavas, was desperately looking for the

    answers to matters relating to Dharma and Karma. Lord Sri

    Krishna, who understood Yudhistiras uneasy mind, guided him

    to Bhishma to learn insight in to this precious knowledge. It is

    relevant to mention that Bhishma was acknowledged to be

    one of the twelve most knowledgeable people. The other

    eleven being Brahma , Narada , Siva , Subramanya , Kapila ,

    Manu, Prahlada , Janaka , Bali, Suka and Yama .

    As directed by the Lord, Yudhistira meets Bhishma. At their

    meeting, Yudhistira presented Bhishma with six questions.

    1. Kimekam dhaivatam loke ?

    Who is the greatest Lord in the world ?

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  • 2. Kim vaapyekam parayanam ?

    Who is the one refuge of all ?

    3. Stuvantam kam prapnuyuh manavah subham ?

    By glorifying whom, can man attain peace and

    prosperity ?

    4. Kam archanat prapnuyuh manavaah subham ?

    By worshipping whom can man reach auspi ciousness ?

    5. Ko dharmah sarva dharmanaam bhavatah paramo

    matah ?

    What is, in thy opinion, the greatest Dharma ?

    6. Kim japam muchyate jantur janma samsara bandhanath ?

    By doing of what JAPA, can creature go beyond

    the bonds and cycle of birth and death ?

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  • Bhishma responded by reciting the one thousand names

    now hailed as the Vishnu Shasranama, and reminded Yudishtra

    that either by meditating on these names or by invoking the

    names through archana (Offering), our minds can be lifted to

    higher consciousness.

    Indeed, such a long recital of nAmAs glorifying the Lord

    and His splendor is rare in the world. Yet a rational person is

    apt to question how mere words and their repetition can create

    such great power.. Just imagine for a moment that you are in

    an assembly, and the lecturer begins his talk with the word

    boat. You can at once grasp the image of a boat, and there

    is calmness of mind. Suddenly then, if someone in the assembly,

    utters the word snake, will your calmness continue? It

    therefore follows that vak (utterance) and artha (meaning)

    together infuse a subtle energy either positively or negatively.

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  • The thousand naamas are storehouses of proven spiritual

    content that can easily uplift our minds. Indeed the expression

    NaMa is made up of Na for Naramandala and Ma for manas,

    our Mind. NaMa, the chanting of which helps to unite our

    nervous system and Mind.

    The main body of Sri Vishnu Sahasranama consists of 108

    stanzas which contain the one thousand names of Sri Maha

    Vishnu. Every one of the one thousand names is full of

    significance and refers to one particular guna (quality,

    characteristic, or attribute) of Paramatma. These names invoke

    a sense of bonding with the Lord. The meanings of the names

    give us an understanding and depth of God as there is a deep

    connection between the name and the named.

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  • Why were these 1000 names chosen ?

    Does the Lord get absolutely defined by these one thousand

    names? The Vedas affirm that God is neither accessible to words

    nor to mind. It is said that you cannot comprehend the

    Paramatma with the human mind alone, even if you spend all

    your life trying! Given this infinite nature of the Paramatma,

    who is not governed or constrained by any of the physical

    laws as we know them, the choice of a thousand names of

    Vishnu by Bhishma should be recognized as a representation

    of some of his better known qualities that are repeatedly

    described in our great epics.

    Some might say that they do not understand the meaning

    of the Sanskrit words, and therefore do not feel comfortable

    chanting them. But learning the chanting of prayers even

    without knowing the meaning is a worthwhile act, and can be

    compared to finding a box of treasure without the key. As

    long as we have the box, we can open it whenever we get the

    key of knowledge later. The treasure will be there already.

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  • Others might feel that they do not know the correct Sanskrit

    pronunciation, and do not want to chant incorrectly. There is

    an analogy of a mother to whom a child goes and asks for an

    orange. The child does not know how to pronounce the word

    orange and so asks for ange.

    The mother does not turn away the child and does not refuse

    to give the child the orange just because the child does not

    know how to pronounce the word. It is the bhaava (spirit)

    that matters, and so as long as one chants the name of God

    with sincerity, considerations such as not knowing the meaning,

    not knowing the pronunciation, etc, do not matter, and God

    will confer His blessings on us, there is no way a devotee of

    Vishnu can meet with any dishonor or disgrace of any kind.

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  • Phala Sruti - The Benefits:

    Traditionally our prayers end with a phala sruti - a section

    on the benefits of reciting the prayer. The Vishnu Sahasranama

    is no exception. The necessity of cleansing our body regularly

    to maintain hygiene and good health is recognized by

    everyone. But with the busy nature of todays world, we do

    not see our mind the same way as we see our body. As a

    consequence, the need for keeping our minds clean is not


    Those who do not cleanse their mind on a regular basis

    become mentally ill over a period of time.. Prayers are a means

    to mental cleansing when they are chanted with sincerity and

    devotion. The importance of chanting Sri Vishnu Sahasranama

    is that the deity being worshiped is none other than Vasudeva.

    Sri Vedavyasa, who was responsible for stringing the

    naamas together in a poetic form, points out that it is by the

    power and command of Vasudeva that the Sun, the Moon,

    the stars, the world and the oceans are controlled.

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  • The whole universe of the Gods, Asuras and Gandharavas

    is under the sway of Lord Vishnu. In Bhishmas expert judgment,

    chanting Vasudevass name with devotion and sincerity will

    ensure relief from sorrows and bondage. The person who

    recites is not the only one who benefits, but also those who

    for whatever reason are unable to chant benefit by just hearing

    the chanting as well.

    It is our aim and intention is to bring the inner meaning of

    every ritual and practices to focus; so that the new generation

    understands the values and continues to follow the Vedic

    principles. If one knows his/her constellatilon known as

    Nakshatra and its Padam (quarter in which they are born of a

    nakshatra), they can surely find out the related

    Vishnusahasranama stanza that aptly linked to their star and

    by reciting it often one would get immense benefits.

    Find your birth Star, (your Janma Nakshatram) and get

    the relative Slokha (Slokam or sloka) and try recite as specified

    and experience the benefits.

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  • There are thousands of interpretations on any given subject

    by different person and at different time. Each one merits on

    its own. Likewise, Sri Vishnu Sahasranaamam too has its own

    contributions by many learned scholars in different ways. But

    this one combines the Slokhas (Sloka) to astrology and each

    part of the Vedic Script is identified with one constellations all

    four quarter. All our Aacharyans, Sastras, Puranas always

    highlighted the ever powerful Vishnu sahasranama Stotram,

    which is the means for solution to all ills not only prevailing in

    the society as a whole but also in any individual on account of

    various reasons including some graha doshas.

    There are 27 Nakshatras starting from Aswini and ending

    with Revati. Each Nakshatram has four Paadam. Thus 108

    slokhas correspond to 27 X 4 nakshatra padams. Thus a person

    born in Aswini 1st Paadam can chant first slokha, Bharani 1st

    padams can chant 5th slokha and so on for respective Nakshatra

    Saanthi. A person not sure of ones Nakshatra can chant all the

    108 slokhas and get rid of all ills associated with ones

    Nakshatram and attain sampoorna saanthi.

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  • [# #H` O ^O iOK=# ` O

    Jx (Ashwini) 1 12 23 34 4

    ~} (Bharani) 1 52 63 74 8

    H$uH (Krittika) 1 92 103 114 12

    ~} (Rohini) 1 132 143 154 16

    =$Qt~ (Mrigasira) 1 172 183 194 20

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  • [# #H` O ^O iOK=# ` O

    P~ ^ (Aridra) 1 212 223 234 24

    #~ (Punarvasu) 1 252 263 274 28

    +q (Pushyami) 1 292 303 314 32

    P+ (Asresha) 1 332 343 354 36

    =Y (Makha) 1 372 383 394 40

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  • [# #H` O ^O iOK=# ` O

    | (P. Phalguni) 1 412 423 434 44

    L `~ (U. Phalguni) 1 452 463 474 48

    (Hasta) 1 492 503 514 52

    z ` (Chitta) 1 532 543 554 56

    u (Swati) 1 572 583 594 60

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  • [# #H` O ^O iOK=# ` O

    qY (Visakha) 1 612 623 634 64

    J#~ ^ (Anuradha) 1 652 663 674 68

    *+ (Jyestha) 1 692 703 714 72

    = (Moola) 1 732 743 754 76

    ~_ (P. Ashadha) 1 772 783 794 80

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  • [# #H` O ^O iOK=# ` O

    L `~_ (U. Ashadha) 1 812 823 834 84

    =}~ (Shravana) 1 852 863 874 88

    ^x+ (Dhanishta) 1 892 903 914 92

    ` a+O (Satabhisha) 1 932 943 954 96

    ~ ^ (P. Bhadra) 1 972 983 994 100

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  • [# #H` O ^O iOK=# ` O

    L `~ ^ (U. Bhadra) 1 1012 1023 1034 104

    ~=u (Revati) 1 1052 1063 1074 108

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