This book is a translation into English of the commentary by Adi Sankaracarya on each of
the thousand names of the Lord. The unique aspect of this book is the word-for-word
translation of the entire commentary, making it easy for the reader to appreciate the
purport of the entire Visnusahasranarna. Being familiar with the deeper meaning of the
names of the Lord, adds another dimension to the process of chanting of the
In his commentary, the great Acarya has referred to subtle and profound statements
from Upanisads, Bhagavad Gita, Mahabharata, etc. giving the readers a flavor and
essence of what is contained in these venerable texts.
This translation, on the one hand will help the reader appreciate the beauty and grandeur
of the way the Lord has been personified in Visnusahasranama, and on the other hand
will provide guidelines and insights for a spiritual seeker.
Now, through his workshops and writings he shows that, while
spiritual wisdom bestows wellbeing, peace and personal fulfillment, it also helps to
achieve success in all spheres of life.
An alumnus of lit Delhi & IIT Madras, he is deeply interested in scriptures like Bhagavad
Gita and Upanishads, and also the works of Mi Sankaracarya He is also co-author of
the book titled 'Good Values, Great Business' published in 2019 by Sage Publications.
Sri Sankaracarya wrote a commentary on Visnusahasranama, which reinforces the significance of this great text.
Also, in the famous Bhaja Govindam, Sri Sankaracarya says
"geyam gitanamasahasram", i.e. "the Bhagavad Gita and
Visnusahasranama should be sung". Here Visnusahasranama
has been named along with Bhagavad Gita, and that too
establishes, beyond doubt, the importance of this text.
Right from a young age, I used to observe that the
Visnusahasranama Stotram was being recited and listened to
very fondly in many homes. This text is very popular as part
of the daily religious and spiritual disciplines for many. A
couple of years ago, I felt a deep sense of curiosity and urge
to see what Sri Sankaracarya has said in his commentary on
the Visnusahasranama Stotram.
Thus began my study, as part of which I went through
what the great commentator had to say regarding each name
of Lord Vishnu in the Visnusahasranama Stotram. I read the
commentary (in Sanskrit) one word at a time, and alongside
noted the meaning of the words, and the overall meaning of
the statements made by Sri Sankaracarya.
In this book, I have presented the translation of the
commentary by Sri Sankaracarya, including the meaning of
each of the words in the commentary.
This entire experience of going through the .commentary
of Sri Sankaracarya, and translating the same into English
was an extremely humbling and enriching one.
I have tried my best to do justice to this great work of Sri
Sankaracarya, and can only pray forgiveness from the Great
Acarya himself for any shortcomings in my attempt at
Book's Contents and Sample Pages
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