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Svadhyaya: The Recitation of Scriptural Texts

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When I read that reciting the attributes of Shri Vishnu means worshiping my own Self, I had a new insight about what it means to praise God.
Instead of “courting the favor” of a far-off deity, I realized that if I acknowledge my Oneness with God, I am respecting and aligning myself with God, the One who loves unconditionally and steadfastly.
Thank you, Gurumayi, for your grace that allows me to understand this practice in a new way.

Ohio, USA

Thank you very much for this posting on Shri Vishnu Sahasranama. I’ve been reciting this text daily, but now that I’ve read this, I am doing it with new understanding and greater awareness of its meaning.

Gurukula student in Gurudev Siddha Peeth

Last night I had a dream in which Gurumayi showed me that I need to rest more and how I could go about doing that. I experienced soothing, energizing, and healing energy vibrating through my whole being.

Right before bed, I had read a few verses of Shri Vishnu Sahasranam. I cannot help but think that the small effort I had put forth toward receiving what the Guru is currently giving me through this website resulted in enormous personal blessings and drew the sustaining power of God to me.

Thank you, Gurumayi, for your loving and careful guidance.

Washington, USA

It has been many years since I recited Shri Vishnu Sahasranama in Gurudev Siddha Peeth, and I don't remember the melody any more. However, after reading this posting, I was inspired to revisit the text in The Nectar of Chanting to see how it “unfolds the understanding of one’s true nature.”

When I arrived at the twelfth verse, I was drawn to the words that describe the Lord “in whom all beings dwell and who dwells in all.” I paused for some time to reflect on the one Lord who lives in each of our hearts and in whose heart we all live. What a beautiful way to think about God and my own Self! I saw several other places in the text that echoed this teaching. Verse 36 speaks of the one “who is in everything and in whom everything lives.” And verse 76 speaks of him as the “dwelling place of all beings.”

Today, after reading through the text just once, I have already received such an exquisite, meaningful contemplation. I look forward to continuing my study of this sacred text.

Wisconsin, USA

Thinking about Shri Vishnu Sahasranama today, I saw more clearly that the Self has so many attributes, so many characteristics. This helped me to embrace such diversity of divine qualities within myself.  I then realized how much compassion there is in the scriptures when they share the Lord’s many names.

Massachusetts, USA

Thank you for this posting. For the past few weeks, I have been dedicating time to studying Shri Vishnu Sahasranama in a study group, so I am happy to learn a little bit of its history. Over the years, I have come to reflect upon the beauty and majesty of this sacred text that illustrates so richly the immense nature of the divine. Each time I recite it, I feel as if I am in a protective embrace. I feel very close to my heart. The verses inspire me to continually contemplate the infinite nature of the divine.

Shree Muktananda Ashram

Studying the translation of Shri Vishnu Sahasranama has been a great practice of svadhyaya for me. I've found the descriptions of the Lord imparted by Bhishma to be so moving and beautiful. Whenever I read these poetic words of wisdom, I find vivid and inspiring pictures being painted in my consciousness.
Thank you, Bhishma, for your great service of imparting the thousand names of Lord Vishnu to Yudhishthira. Om Namo Bhagavate Vasudevaya!

New York, USA