Every so often a small group gathers at my local temple to recite the 1,000 names of Vishnu. The Vishnu Sahasranamam. I may not attend this week’s gathering, but I am more now more closely looking into the 1,000 names. After beginning to fully internalize the meanings behind some of the epithets for Krishna such as Govinda, Hrsikesa, and Narayana, meditations on the 1,000 names can only deepen my bhakti.
Some will wonder how pondering one-thousand names could have any spiritual benefit. But I am reminded, and will recount here, how just as thoughts words and actions are as one, the names of God, and the activities of Lord Vishnu are as one with the Lord Vishnu Himself.
As such, in chanting the names, and meditating on their meaning, one is as good as in the presence of the Lord. One gets the same benefit in chanting Aum, according to some, but I am thinking that the 1,000 names, in their diversity and depth of definition, will give me a deeper understanding of the vastness of That which is Vishnu, Paramatma, and indeed, of Brahman.