Sri Vishnu sahasranama Sthothra, a garland of thousand divine nectarine nam

….Sri Vishnusahsranama ..………a  divine gift from Bhishmacharya ………………..

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After the  great Mahabharata war,  as per destiny , Bhismacharya was lying on the bed of arrows . He was  letting  the world know that he was waiting for the auspicious time [punya kala] for the sun orienting its direction northwards [Uttarayan] for  leaving  his mortal  body.

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Deep inside his heart he was  praying  Lord Krishna to bless him with his darshan during his last moments of his life .  Bhismacharya was patiently  bearing the pain and  being a nice devotee  had the firmness  not to ask  the lord for relief and instead  waited for  the Lord to  grace him . The lord also acted in the same way as his devotee. Since Bhismacharya did not directly call upon Lord , the Lord also decided that he will not use that as a direct reason for giving him his darshan.

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It is also revealed , before the onset of the war, Arjuna was perplexed and  hence  Lord Sri Krishna gave the  Holy epic Srimad Bhagavat Gita to  clarify all the  doubts  of Arjuna  and  indirectly to the humankind.  

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  Meanwhile  after the war ,  the whole of Dwaraka was eagerly waiting for the Lord’s arrival   Lord  Krishna was  getting ready to depart to Dwaraka . Yudishtira  somehow wanted to delay the lord’s departure for some reason.  He submits to Lord humbly and pleads  , Oh Lord Krishna! I cannot sit on the throne which is stained by the blood of all my relatives and all my grandsir’s. I am not  sure about the righteous path and am confused over the path of dharma.” Please help me ..

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Lord  thought that  probably  he had to bestow Yudhistira with another sermon of Bhagavat Gita but decided not to do so. He thought of a  better option. He told Yudistira that the best person to seek knowledge on dharma  was   none other than Bhismacharya . The lord said “When Arjuna was confused; I thought that my discourse would make his mind light and devoid of any doubts. But I later realized that he was all the more confused and worried.”

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 He advised , Yudishtira that he was going to lead him to a satsang which was a divine communion with a great devotee  Bhismacharya. So the entire retinue now proceeded towards Bhismacharya in the war field .Bhishma  was lying on a bed of arrows with no food, water and  was sustaining his life only by uttering the Lords holy names  silently and living with  sheer divine grace.

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The moment Bhisma   looks at  Lord Krishna along with Yudhistira, his face  brightens up  with  a smile. He is overjoyed with Lord Krishna  darshan.  Lord walks near him and with a bewitching smile  requests  Bhisma to clarify Yudhishtira’s  doubt’s  .  Lord   thus created a  situation and used this as a pretext to  grace Bhisma.

                                             (He wanted to show the greatness of Bhisma).

 Lord looks at  Yudishtira and says ,  Yudhishtra !!!  when people are about to depart this world, they would disclose the supreme of all secrets which they have been guarding all their lives. This is akin to the father giving all his wealth to his son only during his last moments. The lord advises him  to clarify all his questions related to the highest dharma from Bhisma  who was considered the man  for  his strength, honesty , values  and benevolence .

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All the Pandavas and Draupathi arrive  at the Kurukshetra battle field where Bhisma was lying on the bed of arrows. Bhisma  looks at the them and becomes  very emotional..

Bhisma   recollects all the misfortune that happened one by one  .He concludes with tears  even  for wise people some things  are apprehensive ..“Sarvam kala krutham manyae” It is all the play of time [kala] and none other than Lord Krishna can  comprehend this.

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Time is no different from Krishna as the lord appears as time outside. Yudishtira  moves close to Bhishma  to voice his concerns on dharma and requests   to expound on Dharma.

Hearing his question, Bhisma  replies ..My child listen …. Dharma can be classified as follows 

Raja dharma – The dharma for politics

Moksha dharma – The dharma for different stages of one’s life as a student, as a house-holder

Varma Dharma – The dharma  that one needs to adhere by someone who is ready for renunciation

Ashrama dharma – The dharma for a renunciant

Bhisma  elucidates  on the prayachitha dharma [pavana dharma )  set of guidelines that one needs to follow if one commits a mistake.

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After patiently listening to the discourse on dharma ,  Yudishtira pleads   Bhisma to expound on the supreme of all dharmas. 

Bhishma smiles and says  My child !!! Can any one compare  between dharmas. Every dharma is unique in its own way.

However ..listen the  supreme of all dharmas is verily chanting the divine names of Lord Vishnu. It is superior to any other dharma. It is indeed greatest of all dharma, jnana and bhakti yogas. The chanting of divine names of the lord exists independently of other dharmas.

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Bhishma blessed us all by revealing Sri Vishnu Sahasranama which has the powers to cure  any disease  in samsara and liberate us  from this prison of samsara and  ensure we are  united with Lord Sriman Narayana.

All the great commentators of Bhagavad Gita and Vishnu Sahasarnama gracefully  point out the  fact that chanting the divine names of the lord is indeed the greatest of all dharmas in the age of Kali.

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Human mind thinks that if a path has lot of intricacies then it is a supreme. Human mind  also thinks that if a path is rare then it is great. The same mind also thinks that a simple path cannot be a great path.  The  great Azhwars , Acharyas and advanced devotees from all the vaishnava schools  justifiy  why the path of nama sankirtan is indeed supreme. There are six reasons  to substantiate the greatness of this path.

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Firstly there is no violence involved. It  is easy to perform, for it has no  expectations  on  six fronts – himsa [violence], purushantara [irrespective of caste/creed], desha [place], kala [time], dravyantara [no material cost], niyama [no rules]. There are absolutely no rules.

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Namasankirtan will unite everybody. It will unite countries, people, cultures and races. People will unite and come together irrespective of their religion, tradition and philosophies they follow and everyone will be united by the bond of love which will be further strengthened by the chanting of the divine names of the lord.

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The battle of Kurukshertra took only twenty years before the start of the Kali Yuga which is about 5200 years ago.

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So Bhismacharya gave a fitting dharma which logically, philosophically fulfills the principles of Bhagavad Gita. Srimad Bhagavatam fulfills Bhagavad Gita and it explains Gita with lot of relish by quoting examples and anecdotes.

At the end of Mahabharatha war, Yudhistira was bestowed with the thousand names of the lord, the Vishnu Sahasarnama.

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Sree Vishnu sahasranama Sthothra, is a garland of the thousand  divine names of Lord Vishnu, strung into a beautiful sthothra by the legendary Rishi “Veda Vyasa” , acknowledged as one of the greatest exponents of the Vedic wisdom.  The first 13 stanzas are the dialog between Yudhisthira and Bhishmacharya .  The next three stanzas are the customary Dhyana verses…. It is  said that in Veda Vyasa’s 149th chapter Anushasanika Parvam of the Great Epic Mahabharatha,  the Vishnu Sahasranama Stotra,  the 1000 names of the Lord Vishnu  are written..

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The person who requested for it is the Dharma Putra and the person who gave it is Dharma Swaroopa, the very embodiment of dharma, Bhismacharya. The witness to this wonderful episode was none other than the end of all dharma, Lord Sri Krishna.

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It was in such a beautiful way that the chanting of the divine names of the lord was introduced to the world in such an auspicious setting and amidst a holy group.  After hearing this, Yudhistira was completely satiated and relieved.

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Sage Veda Vyasa very joyfully included the divine name chanting in Mahabharatha.Satsang brings in the aura of peace, ushers into clarity and keeps our intellect intact so that we can enjoy happiness and love of the lord.

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HARI NAAM SANKIRTAN KI JAI…

By  Asmath Acharyar’s and Elders blessings we were able to conduct 108 times recitation of SRI VISHNU SAHASRANAMAM recitation  in our temple that takes almost 30 hours non stop attended by a large group of devotees .This is the second year and Adiyen seeks readers good wishes and blessings for continuous gathering .

 

 

Adiyen Ramanuja dasan

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About Kazhiyur Varadan

Am seeker of true knowledge , aspiring to serve and share the divine pastimes of Lord and HIS devotees . Interested in meeting devotees and love traveling to all holy places . Major interest is to interact with devotees and be of some use to the world in spreading Lord's divine play . This blog is an attempt of knotting a garland of priceless pearls from Sri vaishnava Divya desam . .....Divya leelai .. .......and .Divyaanubhuthee shared by zillions of hari bhaktaas . Though Adiyen is neither competent or qualified in sharing this elixir of spiritual world , out of abundant mercy from asmath Acharyar His Holiness Sri Sri MudaliAnddan swamigal ,adiyen is attempting to reproduce the same which is done purely by the grace of AchAryar and the Lordships by hearing from various advanced devotees . Am like a bee collecting the nectar from sacred flowers and posting the same in this honey comb blog .. There can be few photographs which would have been uploaded from google images to practically have the feel of the holy place and be of some service to the devotees . In case the owner of the pictures /images, videos has any objections for this adiyen shall remove the same . If any of the images presented here violates copyright issues or infringes anyone copyright or are not under "Fair use" the same shall be removed ASAP . Anything erroneous in adiyens post is completely my fault/ignorance and anything noteworthy goes to the spiritual masters . Any faults are solely due to my poor understanding and seek pardon for my poor expression . All the divine pastimes shared are from the lectures and the ones shared by several advance devotees .All the compliments and praise belong to the great Spiritual masters for their mercy on adiyen ( your servant ) to share and re share in this blog to remain that bliss always ...... Seeking your blessings in this small service of sharing the divine posts .. Adiyen Ramanuja dasan Jai Sriman Narayana IMPORTANT 1) Spiritual Material posted in this blog are just for information purpose and for spreading awareness. Few divine pastimes which was shared in discourses and the holy place is being re shared which are subject to mistakes or discrepancies with time . So, kindly , don't be offensive and don't post any aggressive or illegitimate comments on the blogs due to the differences in opinions. 2) This blog may contain links to other sites through advertisement, user comments, articles. While Adiyen tries to link only to sites that are safe and secure, Adiyen am not responsible for the content or the privacy practices employed by other sites., since the linked site is not under the control of me, am not responsible for the contents of any linked site or contents of the links mentioned in the links site. Adiyen am providing this link just for informational and academic purposes only. 3) This blog may contain inaccurate, incorrect and clerical errors. Adiyen do not warrant nor assure the accuracy/correctness/completeness of the materials/articles or the reliability of any advice, opinion, comment or other information displayed or distributed through this blog . 4) We are in the service of spreading the divine pastimes of LORD and HIS devotees .Please correct adiyen in any shortcomings .
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2 Responses to Sri Vishnu sahasranama Sthothra, a garland of thousand divine nectarine nam

  1. shanthisethuraman says:

    Thanks a lot for sharing Vishu Sakasranamah. It was so interesting to learn about Dharmas which was classified by Bhiama. I like this line : It is superior to any other dharma. It is indeed greatest of all dharma, jnana and bhakti yogas. The chanting of divine names of the lord exists independently of other dharmas. Everyday I am used to chanting Vishnusakasranama because I am Vishunu’s Birth star.

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  2. SATYA GOPALAN says:

    Hari Om!
    When Adiyen was 8years old, heard some mantra chanting by MS from radio. The more Adiyen heard the more I was passionate to learn asking everyone to teach me – Adiyen’s cousin learnt it for my sake & taught me – VISHNU SAHASRANAMAM was born into Adiyen’s self.
    “Sarvam Kala Krutham manyae” All play of time which only Krishna can comprehend! – Gist of life well said. Greatest DHARMA- Chanting His Divine Names – Let this be ringing aloud – the only aushadam to this Kali Yuga!

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