RUDRAM CHANTING TRAINING PROGRAM
Rudram Chanting Course is a residential program which takes place in two phases of 15 days duration each.
Introduction to Ganapathy Atharvashirsha, Rudram and Chamakam, and Sri Durga Suktam. Aspirants learn how to chant the mantras with emphasis on correct pronunciation and intonations.
Introduction to Pancha suktas (Sri Sukta, Purusha Sukta, Bhu Sukta, Neela Sukta and Manyu Sukta), Nyasaa, Dhyanam. Aspirants also repeat Ganapathy Atharvashirsha, Rudram and Chamakam, Sri Durga Suktam.
It is an Upanishadic text which is describes the magnificence of Lord Ganesha. It describes Sri Ganesha as summom bonum of entire creation. Dedicated chanting of Ganpati Atharvashirsha removes all obstacles, sorrow and distress and provides happiness, prosperity and material benefits.
Sri Rudram and Chamakam:
The Sri Rudram is from Krishna Yajur Veda in the Taithireeya Samhita in the fourth and seventh chapters. Rudram is the most sacred prayer-chant to worship Lord Siva. This prayer to Lord Rudra has two parts - the Namakam (verses ending with Nama) and the Chamakam (Verses ending with Cha May). Rudram is a hymn offered to the all-pervading Brahman, designated as Rudra-Śiva, present in auspicious, benign forms as well as terrible forms which he assumes at the time of the dissolution.
Chamakam on the other hand lists out the blessings that one receives on praying to Lord Rudra. Chamakam depicts the picture of human happiness and defines the highest desires to be asked. After praying and identifying Rudra with everything in the Namakam, Chamakam is usually recited immediately after, in which the devotee asks Him to bless with the highest. The Sri Rudram has 11 anuvakas (passages) of Namakam and 11 anuvakas (passages) of Chamakam.
It is said: “By reciting Veda once, one becomes pure on that day, but by reciting Rudram the very next moment one gets purified. Yet another verse declares - “Where a person who recites Rudram lives, be it in a village or town, that place becomes free from disease, drought, thefts, and other ills.” Śiva Purāṇa further explains - by chanting Rudram, one gains both worldly pleasures and liberation.
Sri Durga Suktam:
Durga Suktam is a hymn-prayer to goddess Durga for removing all obstacles and evils. It is a short prayer but is immensely powerful. In this mantra ‘Lord Agni’ is praised and described. Lord Agni is connoted as a boatman. The expression Agni recurs several times in Durga Suktam as Mother Durga is personified as intense fire. She is Shakti, the dynamic expression of the consciousness.