"Your mind has enormous hidden dimensions. Open yourselves completely to whatever reactions and emotions the world evokes from time to time. Accept them all without any reservation or resentment. By assimilating everything and all, your mind grows deeper, stabler and more enriched."

The Guiding force of Narayanashrama Tapovanam & Center for Inner Resources Development

Swami Bhoomananda Tirtha


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An Abode of Learning and Experiential Wisdom

Poojya Swamiji explains it thus :

“This Ashram is actually a Brahmavidya abode. Right from the beginning I did not have any idea of establishing an institution. If I were having an idea, I would have proceeded in a different manner. To establish an institution means to think constantly about the institution and to recruit or allow people to come and join us with a view to do institutional work. That would have been a little different. It is based primarily on man power, not seeking.

Whoever has got the aptitude to work in an institution and take the institution’s ideals to the people by way of a suitable propaganda, I think it will be different. Whereas I only had one thought in my mind. In the same manner I happened to see my Gurudev and I liked him, I sought deeksha from him. After getting the deeksha for me deeksha and my Guru were everything. I did not think of anything else. It is that deeksha and the sādhana I did very fervently that you can say made me the way I was and I am.

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What is Vishnu-sahasra-nama?

  • It is one of the most sacred and commonly chanted stotras in Hinduism.
    • Sanskrit meaning of Vishnu-sahasra-nama: "the thousand names of Vishnu".
    • Each name eulogizes one of His countless great attributes.
    • Vishnu sahasranama is found in the Shanti Parva (Book on Peace) of the Mahabharata.
    • The 1000 names were handed down to Yudhisthira by the great and noble warrior Bheeshma, who was on his death bed (of arrows) in the battlefield of Kurukshetra.
    • Adi Shankaracharya wrote a definitive commentary on the Vishnu sahasranama in the 8th century which is popular and is prevalent even today.
    • Vishnu sahasranama can be chanted by any one, at any time.

Benefits of Recitation

  • Though it eulogizes Lord Vishnu, it actually has the effect of penetrating the inner personality, instilling expansion, subtlety, elevation and enlightenment.
  • Vishnu sahasranama is the best and easiest of all dharmas, or the means to attain relief from all bondage.
  • Chanting of the Vishnu sahasranama gives relief from all sorrows and leads to happiness and peace of mind.
  • It brings unwavering calm of mind, complete freedom from stress and brings eternal knowledge.
  • One who chants the Vishnu sahasranama will be free from all fears and endowed with great courage and energy.
  • One who reads this hymn every day with devotion and attention attains to patience, prosperity, mental stability and memory.

Whoever desires advancement and happiness should repeat this devotional hymn on Vishnu.

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