It is not beyond comprehension to say that our ancient stotras and mantras carry a special healing power which helps mankind to feel the strength from within and feel the strength in and out to ward off adversities. The Stotras from our Sanatana Dharma are the foundations of our inner strength and the beacons of Dharma which help us lead life in all times of happiness and sorrow. One of the powerful stotras which helps us gain such inner strength is the Sri Vishnu Sahasranaam.
The Vishnu Sahasranaam was first quoted by the great warrior Bhishma in the Mahabharat to Yudhisthir while lying on his death bed after the battle of Kurukshetra. Vishnu Sahasranaam is the chant of the thousand names of Vishnu. Bhagwan Vishnu means the one who pervades in the whole universe. The thousand names are the representations of his qualities and the best means to understand his form and faith. In simple words, it can be said that the Vishnu Sahasranaam is one of the thousand ways to worship Bhagwan Vishnu.
Chanting the strotra of Sri Vishnu Sahasranaam is one of the best means to cleanse our mind which gets polluted by various thoughts of fear, anger, despair and defeat. The positive force of Bhagwan Vishnu acts upon our mind through which we attract the positive energy of the Universe and the stotra fills us with renewed energy of courage, faith and trust in the Almighty to remove the impurities of the mind and the body.
Usually Vishnu Sahasranaam is rendered in a poetic way. This method of reciting the prayer was first mentioned by Rishi Veda Vyas. Bhagwan Vishnu is the protector of the Universe and all gods are under his command for the smooth running of creation. By chanting the 1000 names of Bhagwan Vishnu, not only the Supreme Being, but all the gods too grant us their virtues giving a positive impact in life. Chanting Bhagwan Vishnu’s name sincerely with faith and devotion thus gets rid of all the negative energy in the body and soul. Being free from negative energy makes us free from all fears and sins.
Vishnu Sahasranaam is one of the chant which helps in freeing stress. The divine chant filled with the names of Vishnu spreads in our mind also in the same way as his name. Hence, its chant relieves our mind from the stress of life and keeps our mind calm. As the protector of the universe, Bhagwan Vishnu controls the nine planets and hence the chanting of his 1000 names helps us ward of planet disturbances too.
By knowing and understanding the meaning of Vishnu Sahasranaam, one gets enriched with knowledge. By learning the essence and meaning of each name of Bhgawan Vishnu in different contexts, we have deeper understanding of the Almighty and his powers. Vishnu Sahasranaam is also believed to cure us of many ill ness and bad luck and increase self-esteem, thus help us develop our personality with confidence and talent. In a complete aspect, the Vishnu Sahasranaam brings us closer to the Almighty and makes him understand at a higher level. Not only the one who chant it, even the ones who listen to it also derive unlimited benefits of health, happiness and prosperity.