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Vishnu Sahasranamam

Drafted last friday

A group of friends recite Vishnu Sahasranamam fairly regularly. I am not a regular in this group but today all stars aligned and I hosted the recitation in our house. It was a cozy gathering and an evening well spent in the company of good friends reciting the 1,000 names of the preserver of the universe.

I love the way the words of the sholakam roll on my tongue. With my rudimentary sanskrit, I am barely able to read it fluently, let alone understand it; but that does not stop me from loving it. It also reminds me of the perumal kovil I used to visit in Trichy during my high school years. Warm breeze caressing me as I did the pradashakanam, feeling safe and secure in my faith. That very same faith washes over me every time I hear this sholakam. In that sense, time stands still, what was true then is also true now, and it is as if nothing has changed.

One day, I hope to recite the sahasranamam fluently, but today I am thankful that it fills my heart with peace and fondness.

6 thoughts on “Vishnu Sahasranamam

    1. Kind of cool that both of us were contemplating on it around the same time, perhaps in a different context.

      On Sun, Nov 11, 2018 at 10:56 PM Thoughts Unlimited wrote:

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  1. Learnt from this post that Vishnu has 1000 names.. I know about 10 avatars of Vishnu..This would have been a nice subject for chat with mommy šŸ™‚

  2. I was raised to Vishnu Sahasranamam, Lalitha Sahasranamam and many others. I never learnt them like my mom, or my siblings who chants them by heart. I love the meditation aspect of it – listening and feeling. You asked me if my Mom practiced yoga in one of the post- will answer in detail there. Let me just say these are parts of yoga and meditation that she has practiced all her life.

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