Sri Rudram / Shri Rudram / Rudradhyaya, Sri Rudraprasna, Śatarudrīya – The Powerful Vedha Mantra for Lord Shiva – Introduction and Benefits of Shri Rudram Vedha Mantra – Video, EBook (PDF)
– vedic mantra to praise & invoke the blessings of lord shiva
Sri Rudram / Shri Rudram / śrī-rudram श्रीरुद्रम्, is a series of most powerful Vedic mantras performed to invoke, honor and praise Lord Rudra – Lord Shiva. Shri Rudram is one of the powerful and sacred mantras found in the Krishna Yajur Veda’s Taittiriya Samhita – one of the four Veda scriptures. The Taittiriya Samhita of the Yajur Veda has seven sections (skandas) and Sri Rudram is treasured in the 4th section. Lord Rudra is found to be mentioned in the Rig Veda and in Yajur Veda.
Chanting Sri Rudram, one of the greatest Vedic hymns brings great benefits and removes all doshas and difficulties. Shri Rudram also called Rudra Puja, Śatarudrīya, Satha Rudreeyam and Śri Rudrapraśna.
Sri Rudram / Shri Rudram Meaning:
Shri Rudram is derived from the Sanskrit word Shri, which means the “Most Auspicious”. The Rudra Literally means the verily this fire – the fire which comes from the Bowels of the earth by the Lord Shiva’s Grace, this fire purifies limitations and restores the awareness of oneness in a yogi.
Sri Rudram has two forms – the Angry or the Ghora form and Lord Shiva or Auspicious form. The Rudra is revered as a deity who imparts absolute wisdom to mankind and whose vitality pervades everything. By chanting of Sri Rudram with devotion, one can attain Mukti – the enjoyment of fulfilled life as well as freedom from the ills of the world.
Shri Rudram consists of two parts called the:
Sri Rudram Namakam
Namakam is the first part of Sri Rudram, it is found to be repeated with the use of the word “Namo” in it – which means offering our respect.
Namakam is recognizing the presence of Lord Shiva tattva in everything. According to quantum physics, we are all made up of the same energy. This section of Rudram is done to acknowledge that everyone and everything is made up of the same energy.
Sri Rudram Chamakam
Chamakam is the second part of Sri Rudram, it is found to be with the repeated usage of the word “Chame” – which means the grant to me.
In Chamakam, we recognize that all of the things present in the existence are within us. So, that tattva or Rudra is present everywhere and everything that contains that energy is within me. And here we worship the presence of that Rudra within us.
Each part of the has Namakam and Chamakam has 11 sections. The first part represents a prayer for Rudra to morph into a peaceful form and describes the various epithets of Rudra, while the second part praises Rudra and prays for his blessings.
After praying and identifying Rudra with everything in the Namakam, Chamakam is usually recited, which speaks completely about human happiness and defines the highest degree that desires to be asked or to be granted. Chamakam’s roots are deeply embedded in earthly wants, eventually leading to divine fulfillment.
The Shri Rudram has 11 anuvakas – verses of Namakam and 11 anuvakas – verses of Chamakam. After Each chanting of One round of Rudram one Anuvaka, Each of Chamakam is chanted.
The Rudras are classified as Ekadash Rudra – the eleven Rudras and these eleven are present in our existence as eleven different wins. There are also eleven different organ systems in our body. When these wins are pacified at a deeper level, deep wisdom dawns on us.
In the first Anuvaka, Rudra is asked to turn away his Ghora rupa – the fierce appearance and to please keep his and his followers’ weapons at bay. Having been pacified, Rudra is requested to destroy the sins of those for whom it is being chanted.
Lord Shiva is the creative extra-cosmic Parent of the Universe, and also the immanent in every particle, in every speck of space, in every unit of time, in every corner, in every particle of creation.
Benefits of Chanting / Listening to Sri Rudram / Shri Rudram:
Shiva Puraṇam states about chanting Sri Rudram, that “by reciting Veda once, a person becomes pure on that day, but by reciting Sri Rudram the very next moment the person gets purified and liberated.”
By chanting Shri Rudram, it draws the listener to spirituality in the quest for the truth behind human existence. The listener and seeker of Sri Rudram Chamakam are blessed with both worldly and spiritual benefits such as good health, peace of mind, and pure joy. Generally, Shri Rudram recitations are offered while performing yajnas, an act of worship so powerful that it becomes a means for reciters to experience the beneficial fire of yoga.
Shri Rudra is also chanted at “Sathabhishekam functions” – the 80th Birthday celebration, as it helps the Atman to attain the highest boon of immortality, – the liberation from the cycle of birth and death. Lord Shiva who is easy to please is also the embodiment of time and Rudram is chanted as an expression of gratitude for the long life granted and also to seek the ultimate boon of immortality.
Shri Rudram is done for the benefit of the entire universe exists to maintain peace and harmony in nature. Recitation of Shri Rudram involves careful attention to the pronunciation and pace of the Sanskrit mantras. In this way, Shri Rudram supports a seeker to develop inner stamina, achieve greater overcome all our worries/fears, clarity of thinking, and recognize their own oneness with God.
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