Sri Vishnu Sahasaranama Stotram
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MEDITATION ON VISHNU

śuklāṁbaradharaṁ viṣṇuṁ śaśivarṇaṁ caturbhujam |
prasannavadanaṁ dhyāyet sarvavighnōpaśāṁtaye || 1 ||

Dressed in white you are,
Oh, all pervading one,
And glowing with the colour of moon.
With four arms, you are, the all knowing one
I meditate on your ever-smiling face,
And pray, Remove all obstacles on my way.

yasya dviradavaktrādyāḥ pāriṣadyāḥ paraḥ śatam |
vighnaṁ nighnanti satataṁ viṣvakasenaṁ tamāśraye || 2 ||

The elephant faced one along with his innumerable attendants,
Would always remove obstacles as we depend on Vishvaksena.

vyāsaṁ vasiṣṭhanaptāraṁ śakteḥ pautramakalmaṣam |
parāśarātmajaṁ vaṁde śukatātaṁ tapōnidhim || 3 ||

I bow before you Vyasa,
The treasure house of penance,
The great grand son of Vasishta.
The grand son of Shakthi,
The son of Parasara.
And the father of Shuka.

vyāsāya viṣṇurūpāya vyāsarūpāya viṣṇave |
namō vai brahmanidhaye vāsiṣṭhāya namō namaḥ || 4 ||

Bow I before,
Vyasa who is Vishnu,
Vishnu who is Vyasa,
And again and again bow before,
He, who is born,
In the family of Vasishta.

avikārāya śuddhāya nityāya paramātmane |
sadaikarūparūpāya viṣṇave sarvajiṣṇave || 5 ||

Bow I before Vishnu
Who is pure,
Who is not affected,
Who is permanent,
Who is the ultimate truth.
And He who wins over,
All the mortals in this world.


yasya smaraṇamātreṇa janmasaṁsārabaṁdhanāt |
vimucyate namastasmai viṣṇave prabhaviṣṇave || 6 ||
ōṁ namō viṣṇave prabhaviṣṇave ||

Bow I before Him,
The all-powerful Vishnu,
The mere thought of whom.
Releases one forever,
Of the ties of birth and life.
Bow I before the all powerful Vishnu.


śrī vaiśaṁpāyana uvāca
śrutvā dharmānaśeṣeṇa pāvanāni ca sarvaśaḥ |
yudhiṣṭhiraḥ śāṁtanavaṁ punarevābhyabhyāṣata || 7 ||

Sri Vaisampayana said:
After hearing a lot,
About Dharma that carries life,
And of those methods great,
That removes sins from ones life,
For ever and to cleanse,
Yudhishtra asked again,
Bhishma, the abode of everlasting peace.


śrī yudhiṣṭhira uvāca
kimekaṁ daivataṁ lōke kiṁ vāpyekaṁ parāyaṇaṁ |
stuvaṁtaḥ kaṁ kamarcaṁtaḥ prāpnuyurmānavāḥ śubham || 8 ||
kō dharmaḥ sarvadharmāṇāṁ bhavataḥ paramō mataḥ |
kiṁ japanmucyate jaṁturjanmasaṁsārabaṁdhanāt || 9 ||

Yudhishthira asked:
In this wide world, Oh Grandpa,
Which is that one God,
Who is the only shelter?
Who is He whom,
Beings worship and pray,
And get salvation great?
Who is He who should oft,
Be worshipped with love?
Which Dharma is so great,
There is none greater?
And which is to be oft chanted,
To get free.
From these bondage of life, cruel?

śrī bhīṣma uvāca
jagatprabhuṁ devadevamanaṁtaṁ puruṣōttamam |
stuvannāmasahasreṇa puruṣaḥ satatōtthitaḥ || 10 ||
tameva cārcayannityaṁ bhaktyā puruṣamavyayam |
dhyāyan stuvannamasyaṁśca yajamānastameva ca || 11 ||
anādi nidhanaṁ viṣṇuṁ sarvalōkamaheśvaram |
lōkādhyakṣaṁ stuvannityaṁ sarvaduḥkhātigō bhavet || 12 ||
brahmaṇyaṁ sarvadharmajñaṁ lōkānāṁ kīrtivardhanam |
lōkanāthaṁ mahadbhūtaṁ sarvabhūtabhavōdhbhavam || 13 ||
eṣa me sarvadharmāṇāṁ dharmōdhikatamō mataḥ
yadbhaktyā puṁḍarīkākṣaṁ stavairarcennaraḥ sadā || 14 ||
paramaṁ yō mahattejaḥ paramaṁ yō mahattapaḥ |
paramaṁ yō mahadbrahma paramaṁ yaḥ parāyaṇam || 15 ||
pavitrāṇāṁ pavitraṁ yō maṁgalānāṁ ca maṁgalam |
daivataṁ devatānāṁ ca bhūtānāṁ yōvyayaḥ pitā || 16 ||
yataḥ sarvāṇi bhūtāni bhavaṁtyādiyugāgame |
yasmiṁśca pralayaṁ yāṁti punareva yugakṣaye || 17 ||
tasya lōkapradhānasya jagannāthasya bhūpate |
viṣṇōrnāmasahasraṁ me śruṇu pāpabhayāpaham || 18 ||
yāni nāmāni gauṇāni vikhyātāni mahātmanaḥ |
ṛṣibhiḥ parigītāni tāni vakṣyāmi bhūtaye || 19 ||
r̥ṣirnāmnāṁ sahasrasya vedavyāsō mahāmuniḥ |
chaṁdōnuṣṭup tathā devō bhagavān devakīsutaḥ || 20 ||
amr̥tāṁśūdbhavō bījaṁ śaktirdevakinaṁdana: |
trisāmā hr̥dayaṁ tasya śāṁtyarthe viniyujyate || 21 ||
viṣṇuṁ jiṣṇuṁ mahāviṣṇuṁ prabhaviṣṇuṁ maheśvaram |
anekarūpadaityāṁtaṁ namāmi puruṣōttamam || 22 ||

Bhishma replied:
That purusha 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 life, cruel
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,
Who is 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 has 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.

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