The Practice of Recitation on the Siddha Yoga Path

An Excerpt from Shri Vishnu Sahasranama

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Inspired by this excerpt, I chanted Shri Vishnu Sahasranama with a lot of love, focusing on every name of the Lord. There was a time in my life when I resisted the practice of svadhyaya. But listening to Gurumayi singing verses from the scriptures during her talks inspired me to extract meaning and understanding from these sacred texts. In the last few years, the practice of svadhyaya has increased my devotion.
Thank you, beloved Gurumayi!

a Siddha Yogi from Massachusetts, USA

Over the past few months, I have spent a lot of time in front of the computer as a student and as I look for a job. It was starting to have an adverse effect on my health and well-being. I realized that I needed to invite grace into the process, and so I took up the practice of reciting Shri Vishnu Sahasranama every day.
As I chant, I take deep breaths and watch as each breath fills my torso; I breathe out consciously and fully; and at the end of the chant, I stand up and stretch and I take a drink of water. Gradually I have grown more balanced in the use of my time and energy.
The posting of this excerpt from Shri Vishnu Sahasranama is a synchronous experience for me. I feel even more inspired to continue with my practice of svadhyaya.

a Siddha Yogi from Dulwich Hill, Australia

I just finished writing my intention for today in my journal—to remember, as constantly as possible, that Shiva is in that and in this when I opened the Siddha Yoga path website to find this beautiful quote on the constancy of devotion from Shri Vishnu Sahasranama.
Thank you, Gurumayi. What an amazing path this is.

a Siddha Yogi from California, USA

Yesterday while meditating I entered a state of witness consciousness and had a vision of a beam of light emanating from my heart into the outer world that then, quite suddenly, got withdrawn. Witnessing its withdrawal, I understood that this beam carried all my desires, aspirations, and expectations of gain from the world. For me, its withdrawal signified a shift from outer to inner focus, from the agitation and sorrow associated with focusing on desire for gain to the stillness and contentment of devotion and offering.
Today I chanted Shri Vishnu Sahasranama and read in the translation, “Having neither beginning nor end, Vishnu, the great Lord of all the worlds, the witness of the world by constantly praising him, one can pass beyond all sorrows.” This was a corroboration of what I experienced in meditation yesterday.
Thank you, Gurumayi, for providing the synchronous teachings—one in insight during meditation yesterday, the other posted on the Siddha Yoga path website today—that have guided me to take one more step toward full awakening.

a Siddha Yogi from Washington, USA

A few years ago, I started listening to the Shri Vishnu Sahasranama each day. I also began playing the audio of the Vishnu Sahasranama during the night while I sleep. When I do this, I feel as though I am sleeping at the feet of Lord Vishnu.
Over time, I began to recite the Vishnu Sahasranama. I experience that every single word of the Vishnu Sahasranama is so powerful, that while I listen to and recite the text, inner silence arises in me. I also discovered that when I recite the text, I am listening to myself; it feels as though someone is listening in my own heart.
Even when I’m doing my daily work or going from one place to another, the words of the Vishnu Sahasranama are always repeating within me.
Thank you, Gurumayi ji, for this powerful experience of svadhyaya.

a Siddha Yogi from Ghoti, India