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This is the archive for October 2013

Wednesday, October 09, 2013

Dear Amma's children,

Jai Karunamayi!

 Amma has blessed humanity with a rare and extremely auspicious event that has the healing power for the entire humanity and the cosmos: The Ati Rudra Maha Yagna to be conducted in SRIM Center May 1-11, 2014.  Amma will be with us the entire time.

 Please mark your calendars: Thursday May 1 to Sunday May 11, 2014 and keep those dates clear to help and attend the Atirudram event in SRIM center.

 The website for the event is now up and can be viewed at: http://atirudram.us/

The event will feature 121 Ritwiks (devotees who are well trained in chanting Sri Rudram).  Those who are interested in participating as Ritwiks are kindly requested to visit the website and register.

If you have been planning to sign up as a Ritwik, or if you know of any extended family or friends who may want to be Ritwiks, now is the time to do that. Please pass this information along and request them to sign up as Ritwiks by going to the website: http://atirudram.us.

 Amma always says She needs the thousand hands of Her children to carry out her mission.  

 The Atirudra Maha Yagna perhaps needs thousands and thousands of hands...there are plenty of opportunity for everyone to volunteer and help with one's own unique skill set.  

 Here is a list of activities that the coordination team has thought of so far:

·         Project Management Office (PMO)

·         Athirudra Yajna Program

·         Ritwik Coordination

·         Fundraising & Advertisements

·         Budgeting & Accounting

·         Brochure & Publications

·         Web Site Management

·         Puja Coordination

·         Cultural Committee

·         Food Management

·         Site Management

·         Accommodation

·         Volunteer Organization

·         Transportation / Parking

·         Audio-Video-Broadcasting

·         Puja Materials

·         Medical Help Coordination

·         SRIM Center Renovation

·         Media (Electronic & Print )

We welcome everyone to go to the website and register as volunteers listing the areas in which one may be able to help.  We may not have thought through all the areas that need to be covered.   So please feel free to suggest anything we may have overlooked as well.

You can step up to take leadership roles for any of these activities.  Please feel free to e-mail:

atirudram.us@gmail.com

and/or contact us by phone at: 678-380-5477

You can also download a flyer of the program from 

http://atirudram.us/images/Atirudram%202014%20Flyer.png.

 

This event is for world peace...Amma has said, "The event is open to any and all Bhaktas of Lord Siva." 

 Therefore, kindly distribute the flyer either electronically and/or physically and invite friends and family to come and receive the Blessings of Lord Siva.

 

 Amma has said that Vedic chanting is in the cosmos and predates ALL religions as we know them today.    Sri Rudram is part of Vedic chanting, and of course it is open to anyone who wants to learn and/or listen to these cosmic sounds.  Amma told us during the temple tour that the cosmic sound which is embodied in the Vedas is the manifestation of God's physical form.  The beauty of Vedic chanting is that you don't have to know the meaning of the words, it is the tone and rhythm that are important and which help guide us from darkness to light.  

 ALL ARE WELCOME TO COME AND ENJOY THE ATIRUDRA MAHA YAGNA MAY 1-11, 2014 IN SRIM CENTER. THE EVENT IS FREE AND OPEN TO PUBLIC. AS AMMA HAS ALWAYS SUGGESTED, WEARING WHITE CLOTHES ENHANCES THE SPIRITUAL EXPERIENCE ONE GETS FROM A HOMA.

 The energy emanating from the continuous chanting of Sri Rudram for 11 consecutive days and the healing powers of the holy smoke arising from the Homa Kundas are indescribable.  There will be also be daily morning abhishekam before starting the Homa.  The abhishekam milk will be distributed to all the devotees everyday.  Water from the holy Indian rivers will be brought and energized during the homa and will be made available to the devotees at the conclusion of the 11-day program. 

AMMA WILL BE WITH US THE WHOLE TIME....WHAT A BOON TO BE IN AMMA'S COMPANY FOR 11 CONSECUTIVE DAYS!     

Now some details on Sri Rudram in very simple terms .  Sri Rudram hymn is an invocation to Lord Siva.  Sri Rudram contains two parts, Namakam and Chamakam. Namakam sings the glory of Lord Siva and Chamakam is asking the lord to grant the devotee materialistic favors (the cosmos even teaches us "how to ask" and "what to ask"!!).  Each of Namakam and Chamakam consists of 11 chapters called "Anuvakams".

·         Routine chanting of Sri Rudram is called "Roopam" and consists of chanting the Namakam once followed by chanting the Chamakam once.

·         Eleven recitations of Namakam followed by one recitation of Chamakam is called "Ekadasa Rudram". This takes roughly 3 hours.

·         Eleven rounds of Ekadasa Rudram chanting constitutes a "Laghu Rudram". 

·         Eleven rounds of Laghu Rudram chanting constitutes a "Maharudram", and 

·         Eleven rounds of Maharudram chanting constitutes an "Atirudram".

If 11 people chant Ekadasa Rudram simultaneously that would result in completing a Laghu Rudram.  If 121 people chant Ekadasa Rudram simultaneously that would result in completing a Maharudram. Typically, a Maharudram is completed in 1 day resulting in the chanting of the Rudram 1331 (121x11)  times.  If a Maharudram is repeated for 11 days then we would have completed an Atirudram during which the Sri Rudram would have been chanted a total of 14,641 (121x121) times.  

Simply chanting the Sri Rudram is called Rudra Parayanam.   

Atirudra Maha Yagna consists of performing a fire ceremony (Homa) while chanting the Sri Rudram.  In the Atirudra Maha Yagna planned for next May (May 1-11, 2014), we will have 11 Homa Kundas (pits). Each Homa Kunda will have 11 priests and/or Vedic scholars (called ritviks) sitting around the Kunda and offering sacred holy items (collectively referred to as Samagri) and Ghee (clarified butter) into the Homa fire.  There will be a head Homa Kunda, where Amma will also be chanting the Sri Rudram and performing the Homa along with the head priest.  Simultaneously and in perfect unison the 121 ritviks will chant the Sri Rudram and perform the Homa.  Each ritvik will complete an Ekadasa Homa in one sitting lasting about 3 hours. Thus, at the end of the day, a Maharudra Homa would have been completed. Repeating this Maharudra Homa for 11 consecutive days results in the completion of the Atirudra Maha Yagna.

Atirudra Maha Yagna is rarely conducted outside India due to the logistical challenges associated with an event of this magnitude.  One can count on one's finger tips the number of times Atiruda Maha Yagna has been conducted in the U.S. ever... IT IS ONCE IN A LIFETIME OPPORTUNITY TO BE PART OF AN ATIRUDRA MAHA YAGNA!

Useful link for accessing Sri Rudram learning modules:

·         Video links to learn the chants along with the inner meaning: http://www.youtube.com/saiatirudram

·         Download MP3 files for learning: http://www.sai83atirudram.org/

·         Sri Sathya Sai Books and Publications http://www.sssbpt.org/sri-rudram/instructions-to-user.htm


Jai Karunamayi!

Kishore 

  (for the Atirudram coordination team)