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From Vishnu Sahasranamavali

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 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.

From Sri Vishnu Sahasranamavali (287 names) lyrics

1. om vishvasmai namaha - He who is the universe
2. om vishnave namaha - Who pervades everywhere
3. om vashatkaaraaya namaha - Who is invoked for oblations
4. om bhoota bhavya bhavat prabhave namaha     The Lord of past, present and future
5. om bhootakrute namaha - Creator of all creatures
6. om bhootabhrute namaha - Who nourishes all creatures
7. om bhaavaaya namaha - Who becomes all moving and non moving things
8. om bhootaatmane namaha - The soul of all beings
9. om bhoota bhaavanaya namaha - The cause of the birth and growth of all creatures
10. om pootaatmane namaha - Sacred soul
11. om paramaatmane namaha - The supreme soul
12. om muktaanaam paramagataye namaha - Supreme destination reached by liberated souls
13. om avyayaaya namaha - Inexhaustible
14. om purushaaya namaha - He who sleeps in the case of bodies as their self (jiva)
15. om saakshine namaha - Who is witness of all
16. om kshetragyaya namaha - The knower of the field (body)
17. om aksharaaya namaha - Indestructible
18. om yogaaya namaha - Realized through Yoga
19.  om yogavidaam netre namaha - The guide of those who know Yoga
20. om pradhaana purusheshvaraaya namaha - The Lord of both Pradhana (nature) and Purusha (soul)
21. om naarasimhavapushe namaha - Who took the form as man-lion
22. om shreemate namaha - Consort of Lakshmi
23. om keshavaaya namaha - Who has beautiful locks of hair (as Krishna)
24. om purushottamaaya namaha - Supreme Purusha (the higher self)
25. om sarvasmai namaha - All in all
26. om sharvaaya namaha - The auspicious
27. om shivaaya namaha - Who is eternally pure
28. om sthaanave namaha - Internal truth
29. om bhootaadaye namaha - The beginning of the five great elements
30. om nidhaye avyayaaya namaha - Inexhaustible treasure (as at universal dissolution all living beings are merged in subtle form in Him)
31. om sambhavaaya namaha - He who descends (incarnates) of His own free will
32. om bhaavanaaya namaha - Giver of everything
33. om bhartre namaha - Who nourishes all beings
34. om prabhavaaya namaha - From whose womb the five great elements have sprung
35. om prabhave namaha - The almighty Lord
36. om eeshvaraaya namaha - He who has indescribable glory
37. om svayambhuve namaha - He who manifests from Himself
38. om shambhave namaha - Dwelling in peace
39. om aadityaaya namaha - Golden splendor of sun
40. om pushkaraakshaaya namaha     - Who has eyes like a lotus
41. om mahaasvanaaya namaha - He who has a thundering voice
42. om anaadi nidhanaaya namaha - He without origin or end
43. om dhaatre namaha -  Who upholds the universe
44. om vidhaatre namaha - The dispenser of fruits of actions
45. om dhaatu uttamaaya namaha - Superior element
46. om aprameyaaya namaha - Who cannot be perceived by senses
47. om hrushikeshaaya namaha - Lord of the senses
48. om padmanaabhaaya namaha - One from whose navel the lotus emanates
49. om amaraprabhave namaha - Lord of all deities
50. om vishvakarmane namaha - The artificer of the universe
51. om manave namaha - Manifested as the Vedic mantras (or as Manu)
52. om tvashtre namaha - Who makes huge things very subtle at the time of the deluge
53. om sthavishthaaya namaha - Supremely gross
54. om sthaviraaya dhruvaaya namaha - Eternal and immutable
55. om agraahyaaya namaha - Who cannot be perceived by senses and mind
56. om shaashvataaya namaha - He who always remains the same
57. om krushnaaya namaha - One who attracts the heart of people (whose complexion is dark)
58. om lohitaakshaaya namaha - Who has tinged red eyes
59.  om pratardanaaya namaha - Who brings all beings to an end at the time of great dissolution
60. om prabhootaaya namaha - Omniscient and omnipotent
61.  om trikubhdhaamne namaha - Who supports the three realms, above, below and middle
62. om pavitraaya namaha - Who gives purity to the heart
63. om mangalaaya parasmai namaha - The supremely auspicious
64. om eeshaanaaya namaha - Controller of the five great elements
65. om praanadaaya namaha - Donor of breath
66. om praanaaya namaha - Breath, life energy
67. om jyeshthaaya namaha - Older than all
68. om shreshthaaya namaha - The most glorious one
69. om prajaapataye namaha - Lord of all creatures
70. om hiranyagarbhaaya namaha - Who dwells as Brahma (creative force) in the golden (precious) egg
71. om bhoogarbhaaya namaha - Who is the womb of the world
72. om maadhavaaya namaha - Consort of Lakshmi
73. om madhusoodanaaya namaha - The slayer of the Madhu demon
74. om eeshvaraaya namaha - The omnipotent Lord
75. om vikramane namaha - Who measured the world with three steps
76. om dhanvine namaha - Who has a divine bow
77. om medhaavine namaha - Supreme intelligence
78. om vikramaaya namaha - Who takes great strides
79. om kramaaya namaha - Law of order in the nature
80. om anuttamaaya namaha - Incomparably great
81. om duraadharshaaya namaha -    Invincible
82. om krutagyaayaya namaha - Who knows the deeds of all
83. om krutaye namaha- Who rewards all actions
84. om aatmavate namaha - Who rests on His own true self
85. om sureshaaya namaha - Lord of the demigods
86. om sharanaaya namaha - The refuge of all beings
87. Om sharmane namaha -Who is the delight of all
88. om vishvaretase namaha - Seed of the universe
89. om prajaabhavaaya namaha - From whom all creatures spring forth
90. om ahane namaha - The day (the light that illuminates all objects around)
91. om samvatsaraaya namaha - From whom the concept of time arises
92. om vyaalaaya namaha - Incomprehensible or unapproachable through senses
93. om pratyayaaya namaha - Whose nature is conciousness
94. om sarvadarshanaaya namaha - All-seeing
95. om ajaaya namaha     - Who has no birth
96. om sarveshvaraaya namaha - The Lord of all
97. om siddhaaya namaha- Who succeeds to get or to be whatever He thinks of
98. om siddhaye namaha - Who can attain anything he wishes
99. om sarvaadaye namaha - The primary cause of everything
100. om achyutaaya namaha - Infallible
101. om vrushaakapaye namaha - Who saved the earth from drowning by His incarnation as boar
102. om ameyaatmane namaha - Who manifests in infinite forms
103. om sarvayogavinih srutaaya namaha - Who can be realised through different Yogas.
104. om vasave namaha - Who dwells in all beings
105. om vasumanase namaha - Whose mind is pure
106. om satyaaya namaha - Whose nature is truth
107. om samaatmane namaha - Who is equally in all
108. om sammitaaya namaha -  Who is the truth accepted by the Rishis and revealed in the Upanishads
109. om samaaya namaha - Who is always the same
110. om amoghaaya namaha - Who is unfailing
111. om pundareekaakshaaya namaha - He who dwells in the heart or who has eyes like lotus flower
112. om vrushakarmaNe namaha - Whose every act is righteous
113. om vrushaakrutaye namaha - The form of Dharma (righteousness)
114. om rudraaya namaha - Heat that heals (who dispels the cause of misery)
115. om bahushirase namaha - Who has many heads
116. om babhrave namaha - Who sustains all the worlds
117. om vishvayonaye namaha - The womb of the universe
118. om shuchishravase namaha - Whose fame is pure and spotless
119. om amrutaaya namaha - Who is immortal
120. om shaashvata sthaanave namaha - Eternal abode
121. om varaarohaaya namaha - The most glorious destination
122. om mahaatapase namaha - He of great penance
123. om sarvagaaya namaha - All pervading
124. om sarvavidbhaanave namaha - All knowing and effulgent
125. om vishvaksenaaya namaha -    He who has His associates everywhere (as His devotees)
126. om janaardanaaya namaha - Resident in all beings born
127. om vedaaya namaha - Who is knowledge
128. om vedavide namaha - Knower of the Vedas
129. om avyangaaya namaha - Whose knowledge is never incomplete
130. om vedaangaaya namaha - Whose limbs are the Vedas
131. om vedavide namaha - Who settles the interpretations of the Vedas
132. om kavaye namaha - Great poet or the seer
133. om lokaadhyakshaaya namaha - Who presides over all the worlds
134. om suraadhyakshaaya namaha - Who presides over all deities
135. om dharmaadhyakshaaya namaha - Who presides over Dharma (righteousness)
136. om krutaakrutaaya namaha - All cause and effect
137. om chaturaatmaaya namaha - Who is fourfold in His nature
138. om chaturvyoohaaya namaha - Of four manifestations
139. om chaturdamshtraaya namaha - Who has four canine teeth in His incarnation as man-lion
140.  om chaturbhujaaya namaha - Four armed
141. om bhraajishnave namaha - Self-effulgent consciousness
142. om bhojanaaya namaha - Supreme pleasurable object or who fills food with essence
143. om bhoktre namaha - Enjoyer of senseobjects
144. om sahishnave namaha - Most forbearing
145. om jagaadijaaya namaha - Who existed before the world started into life
146. om anaghaaya namaha - Who is stainless
147. om vijayaaya namaha - Who is victorious
148. om jetre namaha - Who is ever successful
149. om vishvayonaye namaha - Universal source
150. om punarvasave namaha - Who resides repeatedly in different bodies (as soul within)
151. om upendraaya namaha - Who once incarnated as younger brother of Indra as dwarf Vaamana.
152. om vaamanaaya namaha - He with a dwarf body (as Vaamana)
153. om praamshave namaha - With a huge body
154. om amoghaaya namaha - Whose acts are never in vain
155. om shuchaye namaha - Spotlessly clean
156. om oorjitaaya namaha - With infinite vitality
157. om ateendraaya namaha - Beyond comprehension (of senses)
158. om sangrahaaya namaha -Who withdraws or collects all living beings in Himself at the time of universal dissolution
159. om sargaaya namaha - Who creates the world from Himself
160. om dhrutaatmane namaha - Who is established in Himself
161. om niyamaaya namaha - Appointing authority
162. om yamaaya namaha - The administrator
163. om vedyaaya namaha - Who has to be known
164. Om vaidyaya namaha - The supreme healer
165. om sadaayogine namaha - Who is always merged in Yoga
166. om veeraghne namaha-Slayer of valiant demons
167. om maadhavaaya namaha - Lord of knowledge
168. om madhave namaha - Who is like nectar
169. om ateendriyaaya namaha - Who is beyond the sense organs
170. om mahaamaayaaya namaha - Master of Maya (the illusive power)
171. om mahotsaahaaya namaha - Who has great courage
172. om mahaabalaaya namaha - Who transcends all in might
173. om mahaabuddhaye namaha - Who has supreme intelligence
174. om mahaaveeryaaya namaha - Who transcends all in puissance
175. om mahaashaktaye namaha - All-powerful
176. om mahaadyutaye namaha - Greatly luminous
177. om anirdeshyavapushe namaha - Who has an invisible form
178. om shreemate namaha - Who is possessed of every beauty
179. om ameyaatmane namaha - Whose essence is immeasurable
180. om mahaadridhrute namaha - Who lifted large mountain
181. om maheshvaasaaya namaha - Loud voiced
182. om maheebhartre namaha - Supporter of earth
183. om shreenivaasaaya namaha - On whose bosom dwells the goddess of prosperity
184. om sataamgataye namaha - The goal for all virtuous people
185. om aniruddhaaya namaha - Who cannot be obstructed
186. om suraanandaaya namaha - Who is the bliss of the deities
187. om govindaaya namaha - Cowherd (Krishna)
188. om govidaampataye namaha - Lord of the Wise
189. om mareechaye namaha - The effulgent
190. om damanaaya namaha - He who punishes the  unrighteous men
191. om hamsaaya namaha - Who once assumed the form of a swan (Hamsa-Avatar)
192. om suparnaaya namaha - Who has Garuda for his vehicle
193. om bhujagottamaaya namaha - Who lies on the celestial serpent Sesha
194. om hiranyanaabhaaya namaha - Who has a golden navel
195. om sutapase namaha - He who underwent glorious austerities (in the form of Narayana)
196. om padmanaabhaaya namaha - Whose navel resembles a lotus
197. om prajaapataye namaha - Father of all beings
198. om amrutyave namaha - Who is immortal
199. om sarvadrushe namaha -Who sees everything
200. om simhaaya namaha - Who destroys the evil persons
201. om sandhaatre namaha - Who ordains and unites all persons with the consequences of their acts
202. om sandhimate namaha - Who is always united with his devotees
203. om sthiraaya namaha - Who is steady
204. om ajaaya namaha - Unborn
205. om durmarshanaaya namaha - Who cannot be vanquished
206. om shaastre namaha - Who rules over all
207. om vishrutaatmane namaha - The pure self (Atma) whose praise is heard with wonder
208. om suraarighne namaha - Destroyer of the enemies of the deities
209. om gurave namaha - Instructor of all sciences
210. om gurutamaaya namaha - The greatest teacher
211. om dhaamne namaha - The ultimate abode
212. om satyaaya namaha -Who is Himself the truth
213. om satyaparaakramaaya namaha - One of unfailing valor
214. om nimishaaya namaha - Who rests with His eyes closed
215. om animishaaya namaha - Who remains unwinking; ever knowing
216. om sragvine namaha - Who wears a garland of unwithering wild flowers
217. om vaachaspataye udaaradhiye namaha -     The Lord of eloquent speech and possessed of liberality
218. om agranye namaha - Who guides us to the goal
219. om graamanye namaha -Who leads the flock
220. om shreemate namaha - Possessor of light, effulgence, glory
221. om nyaayaaya namaha - Who justifies the acts of all
222. om netre namaha     - Who leads (His seekers)
223. om sameeranaaya namaha - Who assumes the form of wind for making all creatures act
224. om sahasramoordhne namaha - Who has thousand heads in His universal form
225. om vishvaatmane namaha -Soul of the universe
226. om sahasraakshaaya namaha - Having thousand eyes
227. om sahasrapade namaha - Having thousand feet
228. om aavartanaaya namaha - Who causes the wheel of the universe to revolve at His will
229. om nivrutaatmane namaha - Whose soul is retreated from matter
230. om samvrutaaya namaha - Who remains concealed from those attached to their actions
231. om sampramardanaaya namaha - Who persecutes evil men
232. om ahasamvartakaaya namaha - Who makes day in the form of sun
233. om vahnaye namaha - Who in the form of sacred fire conveys the libations to the deities
234. om anilaaya namaha - The air (as Prana)
235. om dharaneedharaaya namaha -Who supports the earth
236. om suprasaadaaya namaha - Giver of good favors
237. om prasannaatmane namaha - Who is ever pure and all-blissful self
238. om vishvadhrushe namaha - Who takes care of the world
239. om vishvabhuje namaha - Who enjoys all experiences
240. om vibhave namaha - Who manifests in endless forms
241. om satkartre namaha - Who appreciates good and wise people
242. om satkrutaaya namaha - Who is adored by all good people
243. om saadhave namaha - Benefactor of others
244. om jahnave namaha - Who withdraws all things into Himself at the universal dissolution
245. om naaraayanaaya namaha - God in human form or He who resides on the waters
246. om naraaya namaha - The real guide
247. om asankhyeyaaya namaha - Who has numberlesss names and forms
248. om aprameyaatmane namaha - Whose soul cannot be apprehended by the intellect
249. om vishishtaaya namaha - Who transcends all in His glory
250. om shishtakrute namaha -Who cherishes the righteous
251. om shuchaye namaha - Who is impeccable
252. om siddhaarthaaya namaha - Who has attained all
253. om siddhasankalpaaya namaha - Who gets all He wishes for
254. om siddhidaaya namaha - The giver of benedictions
255. om siddhisaadhanaaya namaha - Means and and goal of spiritual practice
256. om vrushaahine namaha - He that presides over all sacred days
257. om vrushabhaaya namaha - Who showers all objects of desires upon His worshippers
258. om vishnave namaha - All pervading
259. om vrushaparvane namaha -    The ladder leading to Dharma
260. om vrushodaraaya namaha - He from whose  belly life showers forth
261. om vardhanaaya namaha - Who aggrandises the righteous
262. om vardhamaanaaya namaha - Who can grow Himself into any dimensions
263. om viviktaaya namaha - He who is separate from everything though all pervading
264. om shrutisaagaraaya namaha -He who is like ocean of knowledge of Shruti
265. om subhujaaya namaha- Who has graceful arms
266. om durdharaaya namaha - He who is very difficult to perceive
267. om vaagmine namaha - He from whom flowed the sound of Veda
268. om mahendraaya namaha -Greater than Indra
269. om vasudaaya namaha - Giver of wealth
270. om vasave namaha - He who dwells in the heart of beings
271. om naikaroopaaya namaha - Of infinite forms
272. om bruhadroopaaya namaha - Infinitely vast
273. om shipivishtaaya namaha - Who is in the form of rays emanating form the sun or fire
274. om prakaashanaaya namaha - Who illuminates all things
275. om ojastejodyutidharaaya namaha - Who is the possessor of vitality, effulgence and beauty
276. om prakaashaatmane namaha-The effulgent self
277. om prataapanaaya namaha - Who scorches the unrighteous with His burning energy
278. om ruddhaaya namaha - Who is prosperous with so many attributes
279. om spashtaaksharaaya namaha -Who is clearly indicated by the supreme sound OM
280. om mantraaya namaha - Whose nature is that of Vedic mantras
281. om chandraamshave namaha - Who soothes His worshippers who are burning with afflictions of the world like the cooling rays of the moon
282. om bhaaskaradyutaye namaha - Who blazes forth in His own effulgence
283. om amrutaamshoodbhavaaya namaha - Who let the moon appear during churning the milky ocean
284. om bhaanave namaha - Self-effulgent as the sun
285. om shashabindave namaha - Who shines in the form of moon
286. om sureshvaraaya namaha - God of all deities
287. om oushadhaaya namaha - He who is like medicine for the healing of all ailments

Before revealing the Thousand Names of Vishnu, Bheeshma speaks to Yudhishthira about the benefits of chanting these holy names as stated in the epic of Mahabharata:
That soul with endless devotion,
Who chants the thousand names,
Of He who is the Lord of the universe,
Of He who is the God of Gods,
Of He who is limitless, would get free,
From these bondage of cruel life.
He who also worships and prays,
Daily without break,
That Purusha who does not change,
That Vishnu who does not end or begin,
That God who is the Lord of all worlds,
And Him, who presides over the universe,
Would loose without fail,
All the miseries in this life.
Chanting the praises,
Worshipping and singing,
With devotion great,
Of the lotus eyed one,
Who is partial to the Vedas,
The only one, who knows the dharma,
Who increases the fame,
Of those who live in this world,
Who is the master of the universe,
Who is the truth among all those who have life,
And who decides the life of all living,
Is the dharma that is great.
That which is the greatest light,
That which is the greatest penance,
That which is the greatest brahmam,
Is the greatest shelter that I know.
Please hear from me,
The thousand holy names,
Which wash away all sins,
Of Him who is purest of the pure,
Of That which is holiest of holies,
Of Him who is God among Gods,
Of that father who lives without death,
Among all that lives in this world,
Of Him whom all the souls,
Were born at the start of the world,
Of Him in whom, all that lives,
Will disappear at the end of the world,
And of that the chief of all this world,
Who bears the burden of this world.