"Of that Visnu, the Lord of the universe, the foremost in the world, listen from me, O King, the one-thousand names that will remove all sin and fear.
"For the good of all, I shall recite the names of the great Being that are expressive of
His attributes, are famous, and are greatly praised by the sages.
yatah sarvani bhutani bhavantyadiyugagame,
yasmimsca pralayam yanti punareva yuga ksaye
tasya loka-pradhanasya jagannathasya bhupate,
visnor-namasahasram me srnu papa- bhayapaham
yani namani gaunani vikhyani mahatmanah
rsibhih parigitani tani vaksyami bhutaye
Bhisma gave extensive instruction to Yudhisthira on , lying on the bed of arrows set up by
Arjuna, and awaiting the for departing from his body. Yudhisthira listened to the secrets of
, as expounded by his grand-sire, quite attentively and with utmost devotion. Still, he had a feeling that the means to the
(human goal) in its entirety-the means which is easy to
practice, which would involve the least effort, but would yield the greatest fruit - had not yet been disclosed.1
1. Sri Sankara: sakala-purusartha sadhanam sukhasampadyam alpa-prayasam analpa-phalam anuktam iti krtva
Author : Dr. T. M. P. Mahadevan