Sri Vishnu Sahasranama is more commonly recited than Bhagavad Gita. Whatis the reason?



Both the Bhagavad Gita and the Vishnu Sahasranama are found in theMahabharata. But the Vishnu Sahasranama is more commonly recited than theBhagavad Gita. What is the reason?


The answer can be inferred from an episode in the Mahabharata. Arjuna hasvowed that he will kill anyone who insults his bow. In the course of the war,Yudishtra speaks disparagingly of Arjuna’s bow. So Arjuna is in the sorry stateof having to kill his own brother.


Krishna suggests a way out. He tells Arjunato speak disrespectfully to Yudishtra. Speaking disrespectfully to elders isequal to killing them, said Akkarakkani Srinidhi, in a discourse. So Arjuna hasnow technically killed Yudishtra and kept his vow. But Arjuna now has to atonefor the sin of killing his brother.

Krishnaadvises him to praise himself. Self praise is equal to suicide. So by praisinghimself, Arjuna technically commits suicide!


But Lord Krishna, who gave such advice to Arjuna, praised Himself in theBhagavad Gita. He had to, because He had to make people aware that He was theSupreme One and that they must aspire to reach His feet. So He had no optionbut to speak of Himself.


The Vishnu Sahasranama also points to Him as the Supreme One, but it camenot from Him, but from Bhishma. So it can be argued, that the Sahasranama issuperior to the Gita, because in the Gita we have the Supreme One praising theSupreme One. But in the Vishnu Sahasranama, we have a devotee praising theSupreme One. That is why the Vishnu Sahasranama is more popular than theBhagavad Gita, and is recited by more people. The Vishnu Sahasranama has afurther greatness. When Bhishma recited it, the Lord Himself was a listener.


Source:.thehindu dated 25 th November 2014

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