Thursday, 31 October 2013

SRI RUDRAM: GLORIES AND BENEFITS



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The greatness of Lord Shiva in his aspect as Rudra is overwhelming. He is both benevolent and fierce, untameable, forever in Yoga, beyond our grasp and yet benevolent and helpful to all sincere spiritual aspirants. As Lord of Yoga, of Yogis, of Tapasya and spiritual practice, Shiva is an inescapable part of all spiritual sadhana. Furthermore, as the consort of Shakti, Lord Shiva is beloved by all Shaktas and worshippers of the Devi. 

Shiva's name contains many secrets, and his apparent inaccessibility is explained in all the legends and folk tales that are such a part of Vedic and Hindu culture. But He is in a particular way a suprisingly accessible focus for those who fall outside the traditional Hindu caste system - such as western Yogis, crazies and eccentrics of all kinds — because his attendant "troupe" consists of the odd, the frightening, the wierd and so forth - so He accepts all. Lord Shiva, it is said, is the most generous of all the great Devas to his devotees.

The Sri Rudram is a wonderful way to approach the greatness of Lord Shiva and it bears the unmistakeable hallmark of something very ancient indeed. This text is also known as the Sri Rudraprasna, Rudradhyaya, or Satyarudriya, and comes originally from one of the Vedas, the Yajurveda. And who would have thought that in the 21st century the Sri Rudram is chanted not just in India but across the world, every day, and with great faith and devotion?

I first started to stumble through the Sri Rudram back in the early 1990s, under the shelter of Baba Muktananda's Siddha Yoga school. In fact, Siddha Yoga publishes one of the best ways to learn the Sri Rudram, because the text contains the necessary marks to indicate when a tone should be higher, lower, or stay the same - and this is the key to the Sri Rudram. Unless you know all of its melodic twists and turns, you will not be able to recite it properly.

I subsequently learnt to speed up recitation by reciting it every day for a period, both in my own room and during a long stay at the Siddha Yoga Ganeshpuri ashram in Maharastra near Mumbai, where it used to be chanted in the main temple by a devotee, his daughter and the one or two devotees who were around. So, never a crowd. 

There was always something I loved about it, just because of all the texts to chant this one has a particular wild rasa or taste, as if you are plugging in to the infinite cosmic current at its full power. You cannot fail to be exhilarated, uplifted and swept along by its breathless pace! 

The Rudram itself is divided into the Namakam, the main body of the Sri Rudram, and the famous Chamakam. The two together take in total about 40 minutes to complete  The Chamakam, with its repetition of Cha Me, to Me, asks for all sorts of wishes to be granted to you. The Rudram itself  pulls no punches about the mightiness of the Supreme, both as creator, preserver, and destroyer. Through chanting it, we acknowledge all the aspects of life, both its benign and malign aspects, we accept the totality of manifested and unmanifested existence.

Daily recitation, if you know the melody and have learnt it well, is better than any tonic or pill. it acts like an arrow, piercing though the noise of the world, and its aim is self-purification, cleansing our inner perception and sweeping away what needs to go so that the glorious overwhelming light of the Paramatman shines out.  But it is not for the casual, or uncommitted. Chanting the sri Rudram can be an act of courage in all adverse circumstances. You don't have to know every arcane detail of shiva worship. You do need a resolve, a one-pointedness and, of course, a spare 40 minutes. No harm will befall you from chanting it at any hour, in any place. But you will enjoy it immensely if you manage to be alone in a sacred space. 

The Sri Rudram has been part of my life for 20 years now, off and on. One day I remember chanting it for 11 times, an auspicious undertaking, and ending it filled with a particular energy, a purposeful, light. I have never heard this from anywhere else, and take it as just my view, but i believe, too, that its chanting sets your brain waves into patterns of deep harmony that encourage a massive growth in intellectual capacity, retentive ability and so forth. Thus: a brilliant aid to study of all kinds. 

Blessed are its chanters, Blessed is Lord Rudra!







30 comments:

  1. Thanks Mr.Ramesh
    Krishnamurthy(BEML)

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    1. There is no scriptures supreme than Shri Rudram, Shri Lalita Sahastranama and Avdhoot Gita. Try and chant it every day you will see magnficient result with in you.

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  2. Thanks for your commentary. I am doing Sri Rudram daily, along with Guru Gita.

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  3. That's fantastic news. Well done, what a wonderful practce to do. I, too, used to chant the two in conjunction. The one text supports the other. Both are sublime gifts to us feeble humans...

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  4. Hi there,

    can anyone chant namakam chamakam without guru's direction?

    Thanks

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    1. Anyone can chant... But you do need to know the melody and the twists and turns, as you cannot simply make up the melody as you go along. So, the direction in this case is more along the lines of practicalities: hence the suggestion that you obtain the siddha yoga printed text, as it contains the vital marks indicating when your tone should be raised, lowered, or stay the same.

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    2. Thank you for the guidance.

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    3. Guruji, I practice Namakam and learning Chamakam as well. I recite Namakam around evening 6pm in an isolated room with no lights on. Though I feel energetic, I would like to know whether I am following a wrong method. Hari Om.

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    4. Well, cannot see whats wrong with your method. But ask yourself... Are you chanting to get, or chanting to give? Try giving your love to Lord Shiva, Rudra and focussing on yr practice as a real act of devotion, like you are giving a rare and precious jewel to your beloved. That is the attitude to have...

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    5. Gurubiyo namaha. Guruji i take non veg sometime. Can i practice sri rudram.

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    6. Try it and see. Only the mind creates such imaginary obstacles. Yet only the mind can help cure you of impurities. So, start reciting.

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  5. I found a good place where one can learn Rudram Namakam and Chakam at their own pace with text and tutor. http://atirudram.us/#learn.html#chamakam. I am on day 2 of my learning. Happy learning

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    1. Thank you!

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    2. It is very helpful. Thanks for sharing,

      Thank you very much !!

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    3. good one thnak you somuch thank you somuch..many mnay times

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  6. I found this tutorial quite helpful.
    http://www.sssbpt.org/sri-rudram/instructions-to-user.htm
    there is a chamakam tutorial too!
    http://www.sssbpt.org/sri-rudram/chamakam.html

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  7. Thanks for your explanation. I would like to know what about listening to it instead of chanting? I have a very good rendition of the chanting. Will it bring good vibrations and benefit also?

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    1. Yes it will, purify the entire atmosphere...

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  8. Hi Babaji, I heard that if we need to chant any mantra we need to go through by Guru Upadesha then only we can chant if not there will be some opposite results. Kindly confirm if that is so.

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  9. This depends on your devotion. For the ordinary person, initiation is best and will keep them safe. For the true lover of God, the mantra is its own initiation. As for the opposite effect... What kind of monster do you think God is? Above all else, remember that sadhana and a life turned to the divine depends on your self effort and determination, not on a mantra.

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  10. Sir, Can anyone listen to Namakam Chamakam at any time? Or are there any particular rules to be followed? I want to listen to it but I am frightened because i feel there are very strict rules to be followed to listen to it. Thanks in advance

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  11. Ah, the same old question. For goodness sake grow some courage! What kind of miserable deity punishes in this way??? Clean yopur mind, clean your heart and then you will realise how absurd this kind of question really is.

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  12. Was lucky to study Sri Rudram and other vedic mantras, sanskrt rules..with teacher who studied with pundits in india. i live in ljubljana/Slovenia and more or less follow sadhana from ca 1995-96, altough when reading my first book about meditation, experience just came described in book, without prior sadhana. But since 1996 I practice Kriya and Meditation and also mantras.. I am glad o find this blog of my spiritual brother as this is how I feel you, cause its not easy to find someone who is in 100% sincere and "serious" sadhna... I currently live in Ljubljana but if I manange to move to London, as I already got guidance for, hope we will meet and also do some sitting or whatever...Hari Om Jai Guru Dev ps I just listen wonderful and proper chanting of 8th anuvaka but in ghana mode (which is said by rishis to be 1000x + more powerful), there is also text along with all lower, higher and longer sounds marks along, this can help those who learnt that rules to chant properly.. Om namah Shivaya Jai Guru Dev

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    1. Thanks for getting in touch, great to hear from you. Someone I love deeply was born in Your general area, so it is sacred land to me. Keep up with the sadhana, let me know how things go with you!

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  13. You have tremendously beautiful puja room with very powerful sri yantra which is pure 3D Love ;) When looking Shiva Bala Yogiji in eyes my heart simply melt...

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  14. I Have a question, why should we need to try for Moksha? What is wrong in getting birth again and again and being devoted to god? One day the god he himself absorb us.
    People say that know yourself first (self realization) and then you will know the god. Self realization means knowing your inner man, which always speaks truth (ie. Anthrathma). Once we start listening to inner man(Anthrathma) you will come to know the real difference between physical body and soul. My question is that if we know this clearly why should we do meditation or thapasya? Please explain.

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  15. And your question blithely ignores the "comments disabled for this post".

    Don't try, no one is forcing you! no one needs to convince you. The search for God is not like that. you either have this urge or you don't. The path is perilous, the way is narrow, sharp as a razor's edge. Beware! If it is not for you, then don't make the attempt. Self realisation however means far more than you say. You are not knowing a sort of virtuous inner man. But ... stay away from effort if that is what you really believe. Only those who feel the call will understand.

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  16. Perfectly said sir.! Now i got to know where i am standing.
    Thanks for your kind reply

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  17. Just one final thing, and this might be semantics, as English is not I think your first language. but you use the verb "to know" a lot. And this kind of pushes efforts onto the buddhi, the intellect. Self-realisation is not something concerning the intellect. It is not "knowing" in the sense we understand it as normal humans. It is an unveiling, an unveiling of inner silence which neither knows nor not knows. It is not a phenomenom of the mind or intellect or senses.

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  18. Its true. I happen to feel the same. I am not influenced by any blog and for that matter i just saw your blog. Its a great feeling beyond words..it takes me to blissfulness...

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