For Skeptics Who Disregard Astrology

Its not uncommon for me to meet people who have negative attitude towards Astrology and totally discard it. I always wonder what makes them think like that. I mean one is expected to have a neutral opinion about something they know little about. Human life is a very complicated phenomenon and one must not be in a hurry to conclude anything about it.

Here’s an excerpt of someone who posted about many things including Jyotish:


For most of my life I was a complete skeptic about astrology and thought people who talked about their “signs” were dimwits.  Then in the 1990s, a friend told me about an Indian astrologer, a jyotishi named Sharma, a professor of astrology at Benares University, who was one of Maharishi’s advisers and was visiting Austin.  I decided to schedule a consultation.  Couldn’t be much harm.   Mr. Sharma turned out to be extremely old, almost blind, and unable to speak English.  On his hands were a dazzling array of jeweled rings.  Next to him was a middle-aged Indian engineer who was operating a computer with an astrology program and serving as Sharma’s translator.   A friend took notes.  I provided him with my birth date, time and place and Sharma proceeded to tell me in accurate detail all about my parents, the fact that I had one sister, all the major events in my life.  He accurately told me what my concerns were now and gave me advice on how to handle them.  I barely had said a word and my mind was blown.

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Sri Vishnu Sahasranama : A Remedy That Brings A Thousand and More Benefits

Sri Vishnu Sahasranama Stotra as provided by Gita Press, Gorakhpur (India). Also available here.

Download Sri Vishnu Sahasranama Stotra PDF in Sanskrit. For English Transliteration version see here.

For approximate meanings and simple translation in English see the freely available translation by Kisari Mohan Ganguli and the Wikipedia article.

Listen to Sri Vishnu Sahasranama Stotra recitation online.

Download Sri Vishnu Sahasranama Stotra mp3 audio

Sri Vishnu Sahasranama (श्रीविष्णुसहस्रनाम) meaning a thousand names of Lord Vishnu is one of the most popular and powerful  prayer in praise of Lord Vishnu. Each name is a unique quality of the supreme lord and bestows many benefits including name, fame, wealth, health, beauty, victory, freedom, happiness, knowledge and an all round growth. It takes away all obstacles and kills diseases, suffering and pain of all kinds. It can also bring about an end to the cycle of life and death.

Each recitation and mediation brings about a positive change in one’s consciousness and gives peace of mind. A joy starts flows from inside. It kills ignorance, mind no longer clings to useless objects  and takes one nearer to divinity and one’s true nature(dharma). Self realization brings an awareness that body and mind itself are temporary and transitory in nature, but Self is never born and never dies.

The Sri Vishnu Sahasranam is found in the Mahabharata, Anusasana Parva, Section 149, verses 14 to 120, and authored by Srila Vyasadeva. Many devotees chant this everyday; if this is not convenient they perform this at least on their birthdays, on eclipse days and on the day which sun moves from one zodiac sign to another. The chanting of the Vishnu Sahasra Nama is said by sastras to ward off troubles that arise from the position of stars, planets, anger of rulers, incurable diseases and ruthless enemies. Moreover this purifies the mind there by letting one gain more inner poise for meditation, allows us greater understanding of the characteristics of the Lord, and invokes His energy into our life and consciousness.

— As posted by Stephen Knapp

At the end of Kurukshetra War King Yuddhishtra went to his grandsire Bhishma who was laying on a death bed of arrows to gain his lifetime’s knowledge and experience. During the conversation (Anusasana Parva, Section 149, verses 14 to 120) he posed these questions –

  1. Who may be said to be the one god in the world?
  2. Who is the one refuge of all?
  3. By glorifying and worshiping whom, can people attain peace and prosperity?
  4. What is, in your opinion, the greatest Dharma – one’s true nature?
  5. By doing Japa of what, can creature go beyond the bonds and cycle of birth and death?

Bhishma responded by reciting these one thousand names of Lord Vishnu and reminded him that either by meditating on these names or by invoking the names through archana (Offering), our minds can be lifted to higher consciousness.

Benefits of Reciting Sri Vishnu Sahasranama – Phala Sruti

Astrological importance of Sri Vishnu Sahasranama

As mentioned above recitation and meditation of Sri Vishnu Sahasranama Stotra can help anyone who is seeking relief from various problems and can fulfill his or her desires.

Some Success Stories

Famous Indian astrologer Shri K.N. Rao has suggested Sri Vishnu Sahasranama to many people facing problems and they have been relieved of those problems. In an interview he mentioned his experience and results of reciting Sri Vishnu Sahasranama:

We all enjoy some amount of free will within the orbit of predetermination; not outside it. If free-will was non-existent, the great sage Parashara whose magnum opus on astrology, Brihat Parashara Hora Shastra, we depend on, would not have prescribed remedial measures like doing Vishnu Sahasranamam or doing charities etc. You have seen my own example. I could not walk in the years 2000-2001 without a support walker. No doctor could diagnose my disease and therefore no treatment was possible. I did Vishnu Sahasranamam regularly and with God’s grace, I can now walk without the walker (even though I still use a walking stick for safety).

Author of this article has also witnessed the power of this stotra at various occasions including:

Have you obtained successful results from chanting Sri Vishnu Sahasranama? Please share them with all of us.

At the end of this article, I would to thank and express my gratitude to Lord Vishnu, Lord Krishna, Maharishi Vyas and all rishis, Sri Bhishm, masters and knowledgeable people for their contribution towards betterment and growth of all living beings.

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