Sri Vishnu Sahasranamam Book
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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.
Birth of Sri Vishnu Sahasra Nama - The 1000 Names of Sri
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 ?
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
4. Kam archanat prapnuyuh manavaah subham ?
By worshipping whom can man reach auspi ciousness ?
5. Ko dharmah sarva dharmanaam bhavatah paramo
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 ?
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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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