Rudra Homa & Rudrabhishekam
Rudra homa is a powerful homam or fire ritual for cleansing the system of all deep-rooted disorders. The homam is performed to invoke the grace of Rudra, one of the many energies of Shiva. Science of Homam is a Vedic ritual which helps us connect to the fire element, one of the five major elements in Nature.
Homa is performed by lighting a sacred fire using certain selected sacred materials. The Cosmic energy is invoked in the homam fire through prayer and visualization. The fire is energized by the chanting of mantras, allowing the energy to spiral upward and outward into the surrounding environment. Performing a homam cleanses and rejuvenates the environment by allowing an abundant inflow of prana (life-force) into the atmosphere. The fire (agni) of the homam helps awaken the jataragni or inner fire present in each of us, which is responsible for proper digestion of food and dissemination of food energy. The siddha-ayurvedic herbs offered into the homam fire set off vibrations which directly reach our deeper energy layers. Interestingly, the smoke from a sacred homam can heal diseases like asthma which are categorized by a very low tolerance to atmospheric pollutants. The sacred ash from a homa acts as a repository of energy, and can heal a range of diseases when applied on the skin.
Science of Sri Rudram is a powerful Vedic hymn on Lord Shiva. Found in the ancient Yajur Veda, Sri Rudram is renowned for its healing vibrations. It is chanted to invoke Lord Shiva’s energy, intelligence and blessings. In Sri Rudram, the Cosmic form of Shiva is described.
Rudra is the Deity of anti-ageing. It is the form of Shiva’s rejuvenating energy which makes us younger day after day. Sri Rudram is also called the Namakam. In it there are 300 repetitions of the word namaha. Namaha in Sanskrit means ‘salutations’. It has another interpretation, which is ‘not me’. Again and again repeating the word ‘not me’ – namaha – directly hits at the root of the ego, which is the sole culprit responsible for all our problems. Our brain is designed to respond differently to different words. Whatever word we repeat in our inner space gets recorded in our brain and bio-memory and also decides the circuit of brain signals. Repeating the word namaha in your inner space breaks the unconscious part of our mind where the root cause of all the health problems resides. Simply chanting the Sri Rudram with awareness can directly destroy the root of all mental and physical health problems.
During the Rudrabhishekam, Chamakam is also chanted after Namakam. Chamakam is a Vedic hymn chanted for health and prosperity. Chamakam is considered to be a very auspicious chant, and is. usually chanted on auspicious occasions like marriage, housewarming ceremony, etc.. Significance of performing Rudra Homam at the ashram Any prayer or ritual done in a superconscious energy field (kshetra) enhances the benefits of the ritual thousandfold. The Bidadi kshetra is being continually energized by the presence of an enlightened master, as well as the spiritual practices and worship that are regularly performed by the spiritual aspirants who live there. The human body has over 72,000 subtle energy channels known as nadis. The nadis are closely linked to the functioning of the nervous system. Negative energies can block the full flow of prana (life-force) in these nadis, resulting in many ‘incurable’ or so-called ‘karmic’ diseases, including nervous and mental disorders. When performed with devotion and awareness, the energy of Rudra Homam can directly penetrate our deepest energy layers, energize the nadis and flush out the negative samskaras (engraved memories) which influence our health and mental states. Most importantly, the high consciousness pervading the atmosphere in an energy field put us naturally into a meditative state.
Mediation directly activates the self-healing mechanism of the body and acts as both a curative and a preventive remedy for disease. Performing Rudra Homam in your name When you perform Rudra Homam, a special sankalpa mantra will be chanted in your name along with your specific prayer. This sankalpa mantra will act as a bridge between you and the energy and auspiciousness created for you by the Rudra Homam. Through the sankalpa mantra, the effect and benefits of the Rudra Homam will be directly transferred to you. Rudra Homam will make healing happen in you, adding joy and peace and good health to you and your family. Now, you too can offer Rudra Homam at the ashram, and experience complete healing and rejuvenation.