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What do I like about the Rudram?

  • Posted on June 25, 2014 at 6:21 pm

Today I would like to post an article from my guest Ms. Sonal Vohra, from my Veda Chanting sesson I attend. As she shared her opinion about the Rudram, I took

her permission to publish it here. Hope you enjoy it.

 

Shiva & Shakti

 

My two favorite words in the Rudram are Vishwah Bheshji (healing/curing the world)
and mridayah (make happy, fill with bliss).  It defines its power to me.

Rudram recitation can transform the internal environment as well as the external environment – the inside and the outside.  It is about the rudras and their powers – both fierce and benevolent (like Ma Durga can be both).  It is about and affects the flora, the fauna, people, critters, birds, the animals. It deals with the sthula, sukshma and the karana sharira.  It addresses and propitiates every deva with a portfolio, and the directions.  It is the most all-encompassing prayer that I have found, in my very humble of opinion.

It says that Rudra will give back the true nature of the atma that has been stolen by the thieving maya/ego element.  It fosters goodness and equanimity which are a real empowerment and gift.  It cleanses the earth –  and one person at a time, and the power of that person is multiplied by the yojanas that the good energies created by the Rudram emanate to.  That is the importance of the yojana.  Knowing that your daily Rudram will
positively benefit not only you, but your family, children, neighbors and neighborhood, city, country, continent and all that pervades the yojanas that are covered under the Rudram’s positive energy.  Rudram reminds me of the square formula in math that we all learnt as children.  It takes the prayers for humanity on a quantun leap to everyone, like the Samasta Lokaha Sukhino Bhavantu, if recited by many people many times.

Coming to the stage of learning/reciting the Rudram is itself the result of merits from many past lives, Swami has told us.  It is the ultimate gift of the Lord to us, as it is a seva to humanity and a spiritual bequeathal to redeem our lives forever.

My two favorite words in the Rudram are Vishwah Bheshji (healing/curing the world)
and mridayah (make happy, fill with bliss).  It defines its power to me.

Rudram recitation can transform the internal environment as well as the external environment – the inside and the outside.  It is about the rudras and their powers – both fierce and benevolent (like Ma Durga can be both).  It is about and affects the flora, the fauna, people, critters, birds, the animals. It deals with the sthula, sukshma and the karana sharira.  It addresses and propitiates every deva with a portfolio, and the directions.  It is the most all-encompassing prayer that I have found, in my very humble of opinion.

It says that Rudra will give back the true nature of the atma that has been stolen by the thieving maya/ego element.  It fosters goodness and equanimity which are a real empowerment and gift.  It cleanses the earth –  and one person at a time, and the power of that person is multiplied by the yojanas that the good energies created by the Rudram emanate to.  That is the importance of the yojana.  Knowing that your daily Rudram will
positively benefit not only you, but your family, children, neighbors and neighborhood, city, country, continent and all that pervades the yojanas that are covered under the Rudram’s positive energy.  Rudram reminds me of the square formula in math that we all learnt as children.  It takes the prayers for humanity on a quantun leap to everyone, like the Samasta Lokaha Sukhino Bhavantu, if recited by many people many times.

Coming to the stage of learning/reciting the Rudram is itself the result of merits from many past lives, Swami has told us.  It is the ultimate gift of the Lord to us, as it is a seva to humanity and a spiritual bequeathal to redeem our lives forever.

What is TRUE HAPPINESS?

  • Posted on July 19, 2012 at 4:27 am

What is True Happiness

Sometimes children amaze their parents and yesterday I had one such experience. Suddenly my daughter commented to me out of the blue when we were silently sitting together relaxing. She said, ‘Life is strange and very difficult.’ I asked her, ‘why?’ She replied, ‘sometimes we feel sad and sometimes joyous. Nothing seems to be the same or permanent.’ Then she paused. So I asked her, ‘So what is permanent? Did you think about it?” and she said, ‘Being.’ I laughed heartily and said, ‘YOU are on the right track, baby! Now… you are talking! So what do you understand by ‘being’? She said, ‘That, I exist. My own self-existence is constant. Everything else is changing.’
I was so excited by her comment and wanted to talk more on the subject but decided it was too late in the night to continue the discussion, but was very happy that she made such a wise comment on life.

Today as I went for my evening stroll, I got some thoughts that I would like to share on this blog. The thoughts I am reflecting on is very deep, but when we follow this line of thinking and contemplate on it we will realize why this world is considered illusory and impermanent – and focusing on that which is constant and permanent we will gain the elixir of life.

In the philosophy of Advaita or non-dualism, there are two states that are constantly discussed and distinguished.  They are termed, samanya and vishesha. Samanya refers to that which is common to everybody. Vishesha is that which is distinct. That which is common to everybody is the I am.  That which is samanya is awareness and mere existence – I am; I being the consciousness and am, being existence. “I am” – the famous biblical quote of Jesus, ‘I am the way’. That which is common to everybody or that which is samanya is awareness and mere existence. You cannot have awareness without existence and existence without awareness. These two definitions are referred to by different terms in various schools of Eastern Philosophy.  Shiva denotes consciousness or awareness and Shakti denotes mere existence or energy. Shakti also is referred as Maya Shakti having the power of manifesting different creations. There is no Shakti without Shiva and no Shiva without Shakti. Shiva and shakti are one.
Vishesha refers to nama, rupa, vastu – name, form and thing. It is vishesha that is constantly changing; samanya is unchanging. Our awareness and self existence is constant and unchanging. It is this unchanging consciousness and existence that is observing the changing vishesha in its own existence for without existence there is no vishesha. The visheshas come and go but our own consciousness simply observes the coming and going of the vishesha. Therefore, our consciousness is the observer and the visheshas are the observed. The observer is real because it is constant and permanent, the observed is unreal because it comes and goes and is constantly changing. When the observer withdraws his or her attention from the changing visheshas or the world into himself or herself, that observer experiences supreme bliss of self-awareness and self-existence and that is true happiness – the experience of unconditional love and indescribable, Supreme Bliss. Why is it that we cannot always have this experience? Because like we toggle on the computer from one screen to the next, our consciousness toggles its focus from the changeless awareness to the changing world of objects. It is only when we withdraw our attention from the external visheshas and draw it into our own pure awareness that we experience true happiness and a sense of being home where we feel young, refreshed and loved.

Happiness, Bliss