Enhances physical and mental health — Charaka Samhita says that chanting Vishnu Sahasranama is the best remedy for improving physical and mental health. Vata, Pitta, and Kapha are the three humours or doshas in Ayurveda. A disturbance in any of these three doshas is believed to give rise to various mental, physical, and emotional problems. Because we are made up of all three doshas, good alignment in all three is essential for our overall well-being.
Ether, air, fire, water, and earth are the five elements. The combination of any of these two elements gives rise to three humors. For instance, pitta is formed when fire and water come together. Access of pitta in the body causes acid reflux, inflammation of the joints, anger, nausea, and excessive sweating.
Thus, it's essential to bring all these five elements into balance if we are to enjoy sound physical and mental health. One of Vishnu's names is 'Bhootadih'—the cause of the five great elements. He is also called 'Prabhavah', or the womb of the five great elements. Chanting Vishnu Sahasranama can thus bring all these five elements and humours into balance.
Vishnu's other name is 'Jyotiraditya'
. Here, Vishnu has the resplendence of the Sun
. Sun is the source of all energy and is important for our digestion, the root function of our body. Chanting Vishnu Sahasranama thus promotes our overall mental and physical wellbeing.
Bestower of all the four Purusharthas - Of the thousand names of Vishnu, he is called 'Jeevanah'. He is the source of life in all living creatures. For us mortal humans, Vishnu manifests this spark in the form of four Purusharthas—Dharma, Artha, Kama, and Moksha.
Dharma - Dharma is righteousness. Dharma is one of the four goals and refers to moral values. This goal stresses the right way of living and teaches us the importance of truth and compassion towards other creatures. Chanting Vishnu's name 'Satyadharma' propels us on this path of righteousness.
Artha - Artha refers to the prosperity and the material comforts of worldly life. But artha does not only include money and material possessions. This category encompasses our environment, the family we're born in and the kind of people we love or have associations with throughout our life. Chanting Vishnu names like 'Vasupradha'—the giver of wealth enables us to prosper in all possible directions.
Kama - Kama is the pleasure, the prime motivating factor of all our actions. The right kind of Kama is necessary and will lead us towards dharma and artha. Chanting Vishnu's name 'Udumbara' leads to our overall nourishment and fulfilment of desires without getting us into over-indulgence.
Moksha - Moksha is the final Purushartha. Moksha is liberation and is our final abode. Moksha is the form of self-realization. We can break the cycle of birth and death when we have the right knowledge. But right knowledge requires a clear mind and keen perception. Chanting Vishnu's name 'Chaturatma' gives a clear state of mind where bliss flows naturally.
Unlock your potential and pursue the highest material and spiritual benefits - It's in the pursuit of material and spiritual benefits that man tends to travel far away. Both the material and spiritual worlds are essential, and chanting Vishnu Sahasranamam bestows us with these benefits effortlessly.
Material and spiritual success both depend on the strength of our body. A weak body can never lead us to unlock our true potential. 'Annam' literally means food. But here, it's the food that is sattvic and free of impurities. Chanting Vishnu's name 'Annam' will grant us a body fit for material and spiritual advancement. Once the purification of the body is done, we must then focus on purifying our hearts. Vishnu is also called 'Guha'—the one who dwells in our hearts. Chanting this name will purify the heart. Chanting Vishnu's other name, 'Pavitram'—literally means he who purifies and will take you to the final levels of purification.
Advancing on material and spiritual paths covers all fields of experience. Be it the joy we get or the struggle while we pursue our goals (whether material or spiritual)-we must be receptive to all kinds of experiences that we get on our journey. 'Dhaata'—another of Vishnu's names supports these fields of experience and enables us to interpret these experiences in the right way.
The six chakras form an important part of the process of spiritual awakening. These chakras are present in our spinal cord and awaken when the prana pierces through these 6 chakras, giving us the experience of ultimate bliss. Chanting Vishnu's name, 'Chakree', enables us to channelize prana in our spinal cord and awaken these chakras. Chakree here also refers to Vishnu's discus, the wheel-like instrument of destruction. Here, destruction refers to our sloth, apathy, greed, envy, arrogance, selfishness (and the list is too long!). Chanting his name effortlessly destroys these impurities and propels us on the path of realization.
The above three are the major benefits of chanting Vishnu Sahasranamam.