From Vishnu Sahasranamavali
Dr. Mohani Heitel
From Vishnu Sahasranama Namavali Download
Sri Vishnu Sahasranam - the Thousand Names of Lord Vishnu - are written in the ancient epic »Mahabharata«. They were revealed from the great wise Bheeshma to Yudhishthira as he asked him how to get peace in this life and in the hereafter. Bheeshma advised him to chant the thousand names of Vishnu with devotion. This does not require any effort other than the willingness to chant. It is the best way to get relief from all miseries, sorrows, and sins. Since that time these thousand names are recited traditionally by people seeking peace of mind. This helps to remember the incarnations, deeds and attributes of Sri Vishnu.
For easier access to each name and for simpler recitation the names have been traditionally separated from the original verse form and the holy syllables »Om« in the beginning and »Namaha« at the end of each name are placed, for example »Om Vishnave Namaha« (Om salutations to Vishnu). All the thousand names are put in this form, and are called »Vishnu Sahasranamavali«. This recording contains the first 287 names which Mohani Heitel has sung accompanying herself on the Indian instrument Tanpura. By undistracted and contemplative listening one may feel the presence of Sri Vishnu as all pervading divine consciousness. The chanting of Namavali serves as evocation and veneration of Sri Vishnu which leads to inner peace and spiritual knowledge. This extract-version is meant specially for a nearly one hour session of contemplation.
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