Chanting the Vishnu Sahasranamam

Have you tried chanting the Vishnu Sahasranamam?

The word “Vishnu Sahasranamam” is derived from a thousand names from the various Gods in Hinduism and from the supreme God for the Vaishnavas.

The Vishnu Sahasranamam is also the most sacred chant in Hinduism.  Scholars and students of Indian philosophy believe that understanding this concept helps in ones devotion to God in Hinduism.

The author of the Vishnu Sahasranamam according to the Mahabharata was that Yudhisthira learned this from his dying grandfather named Bhishma. This concept was then passed on for generations and was later integrated with other practices in the Hindu culture.

Vishnu Sahasranama chanting has various benefits.  Among the desired effects are protection from trouble and harm, granting ones wish to achieve ones goal in life. It is called sat-karma.

Those who practice the Vishnu Sahasranama believe that it brings peace, calmness of ones mind, freedom from daily stresses, and gaining limitless knowledge.

Performing the specific chants in the early morning devoted to Vasudeva is said to lead one to be free from fear, be possessing courage, and be free from any diseases that may inflict humanity.

Reciting the chant usually starts with prayer then moves into saying the various names as once said by Bhishma. These words are stanzas in which in Sanskrit are called shlokas. The Vishnu Sahasranama has a total of 108 shlokas.

From ancient times until the 19th century, many Hindus include the Vishnu Sahasranama and shlokas in their daily rituals and prayers.  But as expected, with the advent of modernization and cultural modifications, the practice of the Vishnu Sahasranama has lessened.  Some believe today that it is too mechanical and non-applicable.

Have you chanted the Vishnu Sahasranamam? Would love to hear what your experiences of chanting this have been.

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