Monday, 31 October 2016

Veda Mantras ( The Very Breath of God )



                           

                           Vedam being chanted in Prashanti Nilayam

    Veda mantras or vedam chanting are the recital you hear being done by priests during homam or temple poojas.Well,these are the commonest examples that may get you to the idea of what these veda mantras mean.

 Are you familiar with these verses  ?  :


'' Yopam puspam Veda puspavan Prajavan pasuman bhavati ..''

'' Rajadi rajaaya ... '' 

'' Tatpurushaya vidmahe mahadevaya dheemahi thanno rudra prachodayaat''

'' Namaste astu bhagavan visveshvaraya mahadevaya trymbakaye...''

 Well ,these are small portions from specific veda mantras.Most of the common mantras you chant are also veda mantras - just that most are not aware of what exactly they are chanting.They are unaware of the power and greatness of what they are reciting.


  Veda mantras are not songs or 'prayers' like many people assume.There is a big difference actually.They are not to be confused with bhajans,kirtans, devaram or poems - which are written or composed from devotion by devotees or sages of a specific time.



So what are these veda mantras ? Where did it originate from ? 



 Veda mantras are cosmic sound (shabda brahman). Cosmos is the universe- the entire creation. So how are veda mantras  cosmic sounds ?







  See, where there is a movement,motion or vibration,there is sound.Conversely, to produce a sound,the vibration corresponding to it must be created. Veda mantras are the sound vibrations that are ever present in the cosmos.It is not composed or made by anyone.


This is why Vedas are also called as apaurusheya - not of human origin.


 When ancient sages were meditating,these veda mantras appeared to them,in a flash,in their hearts.The sages whose names are associated with various chants ( veda mantras will have the name of the Rishi associated with it .For example, the Rishi for  Sri Rudram is Agni ) are not the composers of these chants.

They are merely the instruments who have seen ( or heard ) the chants. Thus,the sages are sometimes referred to as 'seers'.The Vedic seers have the name of mantra-drashtaas.A drashtaa is one who sees.



  'Seeing' or 'looking' here does not denote merely what the eyes perceives.It is a term that covers all forms of perception and all modes of cognition.For example, when we say that a man has 'seen' all sorrows in his life,does the term 'seen' imply only what he saw with his eyes ? The term mantra-drashtaa also could be taken in a similar manner as referring to what is perceived through inner vision.The sages were able to hear the Vedas in their hearts.



  The Rishis or sages are like radios who were able to tune in to the frequency of these cosmic sounds and hear them.They are like downloaders who downloaded these veda mantras from the cosmos.


   For example, each radio station emits radiowaves across the country.But we cannot listen to the waves or sounds ( music ) played by the radio stations.We need to use a radio and tune to the particular FM - only then we can hear to the songs played in the desired radio stations.



 Ancient sages were like these radios - who acted like an instrument to transmit these veda mantras.They taught these mantras orally to disciples, in a guru-shisya system.In ancient India of Satya Yuga ( the Golden age ) , people were extremely brilliant.They could learn everything just by listening.





 This is why, the Vedas initially had their name as just ' Shrutis' ( that which was heard ). Only then , they were compiled,written and arranged into four divisions - namely Rig Veda, Sama Veda, Yajur Veda and Atharva Veda. Yajur Veda was then subdivided into two parts - Krishna  Yajur Veda and Shukla Yajur Veda. 

   Even today,with modern instruments, scientists have been able to identify certain Veda mantras. For example, the sound of Sun has been managed to be identified by scientists and they confirmed it as " OM ". 




                   Video above : Sound from the Sun recorded as "OM"


  We don't have to go that far indeed.Our grandparents have told us symbollically '' If you sit quietly and meditate in the early mornings , you can hear God ... '' , Try it .If you sit silently around 4 am and just be still , you can hear the sound ' OM '. 




 The Power of Veda Mantras

  The power of veda mantras are indescribable.The mantras have the power to inspire good thoughts in people.




 In fact,in ancient times, Rishis and sages used to move to forests and chant these powerful veda mantras.These mantras spread across the world and purified everything.It purified all the elements polluted by bad thoughts and actions.Even today, if we chant , we are doing a great service by killing harmful microorganisms,destroying harmful electromagnetic waves in the air and such.

This is one of the main reasons for conducting Homam and Yagya. I have written an elaborate article on the significance of Homam and Yagya , which you can find here :

  http://maiyiliragu.blogspot.my/2016/10/why-do-we-conduct-yagya-  or-homam-fire.html



  In the past,veda mantras were used elaborately as technology. If the mantras are recited in particular ways,certain amazing results would take place, including changes in the weather, producing certain types of living beings or even palaces.



 Others have used it to produce weapons equal to the modern nuclear bombs,like the brahmaastra weapon - which was used in the Mahabaratha war.Specific mantras could be attached to arrows with the sound causing powerful explosions when the arrow reached its target.

   The Veda mantras also activate our subtle energies.The sound also affects the atmosphere resulting in individual and collective wellbeing of the world - which includes all beings and not just humans.




  These mantras can create new subjective states in ourselves,alter our physical being,reveal knowledge and faculties that we did not possess before.


  LEARN VEDA MANTRAS NOW :  


     The veda mantras were declining in use.This is a great gift from our culture,which is not very well recognised today.Today people have labeled it as a 'brahmin' thing. Everyone can and should chant the vedas.There is no restriction to anyone .


       

Video above : Baba emphasising the importance of Veda Mantras

  Many spiritual gurus and particularly - Baghwan Sri Sathya Sai Baba had greatly emphasised that every individual should learn the vedam.Today,anyone can learn them.Tutorials online have been created too :-


Learn Veda mantras here : 


https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLIeP9vZsuEsbq7Y1rAOvKo5VZ4Rzi-JUU


There are many veda mantras :- famous ones include Sri Rudram , Chamakam, Purusha Suktam, Sri Suktam, Durga Suktam,Medha Suktam, Sivopasana mantra,Ganapathi Upanishad , Narayana Upanishad, Narayana Suktam and so on...


Try listening to some of these veda mantra recital in youtube..They will mesmerise you. 




There is an interesting point to note as to what Suktams are - as a lot of these veda mantras are called ' suktams'.

Rig Veda is the largest and the most important of all the Vedas.The Rig Veda consists of mantras and hymns of praise to various deities.These hymns are called riks. A collection of riks is a suktam. Each suktam consists of a number of riks


So all the suktams are from the Rig Veda in general.

Perhaps,the most important and emphasised veda mantra is Sri Rudram. I have even made a specific article on the importance of Sri Rudram specifically ( click here to read ) 



 
                           Video : Erhard Boys chanting Sri Rudram


  Different veda mantras have a particular deity associated with it. For example, Sri Rudram is associated with Lord Shiva and Purusha Suktam, for Lord Vishnu.




  Each confers various benefits and realisation. To briefly put, Sri Rudram is a great karma , dosha and sin destroyer and healer of everything , and it usually brings rain after chanting. Ganapathi Upanishad empowers our stability in life and intelligence.
Sri Suktam is said to be the basis of the entire carnatic music.Durga suktam empowers shakti within us... and so 

   When we chant the veda mantras, the very Gods start becoming alive within us.


  Let us all learn and chant the vedam.May we create a prosperous age in the future.Particularly,impart to kids while young - they will rock in every field of their life, guaranteed.



                 Video Above : Space sounds for healing and meditation

   The video above shows how other cultures have tapped into the science of cosmic vibrations and use it for spiritual purposes.. Our ancients have gifted the most advance method by providing us with veda mantras.Let us utilise and make sure it is transmitted to the upcoming generations.


  


For any enquires and doubts , email to mayiliragai@gmail.com.

Do contact too if you are interested in working together to spread vedic chantings across and work in helping people learn it .

Wednesday, 26 October 2016

Why do we conduct Yagya or homam ( fire sacrifice ) ?


Baghwan Baba during Athi Rudra Maha Yagya in August 2006 :

''This yagya is not merely for a few individuals, it is for the entire world.The mantras chanted here have mixed in the air and spread to the entire universe.These sacred sounds have entered our hearts and purified them.Hence,do no think that the mantras chanted in this yagya are confined to only this place.They have spread to the entire world''



Yagya and Yaagas are vedic rituals or sacrifices.The word yagya is also used to indicate any great effort that needs the active cooperation of many people.

The Yajur Veda elaborates the importance of yagyas.These promote the peace and prosperity of the world-as that is the primary aim of all the Vedas.The yagya is centred on the adoration of Fire.




 Man is bound intimately with fire all through his life.Fire is present everywhere.The Ocean too has fire latent within it.Man has within him the latent fire which performs eight functions : 

(1) It hardens and strengthens the muscles.
(2) It develops energy
(3) It ensures healthy progeny
(4) It digests food
(5) It makes one patient and therefore a better instrument
(6) It increases the duration of life
(7) It sharpens and deepens memory
(8) It confers boldness of thought and action.




In order to light the fire in the sacrificial enclosure,a churning rod of hardwood is used on a block of similar hardness.The timber has to be from the banyan or peepul trees.The block is the mother and the churner is the father.Fire is the child.


 MYSTERY OF THE RITUAL FIRE

The Yajur Veda describes the flames of the Sacred Fire as the tongues of God.

When the ofering is dropped into the Fire,in the name of God,the proper name and address have to be uttered at the same time.It is like a postbox.When a letter is properly addressed and dropped into the box at your postoffice,it will reach any place- even as far as Japan or Russia.If the address indicates Russia,it will be delivered to the person at Russia.The address has to be full and correct - that is all.And the stamp has to be of the correct value.



There are people who observe only the outer acts of yagya and blame Brahmins for 'wastefully pouting ghee into fire,while men are underfed and starving'',and accuse that ' they are foolishly spending money over profitless pursuits''.Even educated persons join in this ignorant condemnation.

The farmer ploughs the field,prepares the plots,lets water into them,and makes them fit to receive the seeds.Then he scatters four bags of paddy on the land.An ignomarus who does not know agriculture laughts at him.'' You have gone mad.When people are starving,you throw the paddy they would gladly eat into the soil ! ''.But, in return for the four bags lost,the 'mad man' will bring home forty bags after harvest.When two tins of ghee are poured ritually into the sancitified Fire the world will gain two hundred tins of ghee.




 Every offering made into this sacrificial fire,will contribute to the health and happiness of mankind.The vehicle of Vaayu or air will convey the finer particles,the purifying particles of these offerings to the farthest reaches of the world.The vibrations of the vedic mantras that these pundits recite will have their impact on the hearts of all men and affect adversely the lower instincts and passions they are now burdened with.





It is for this very reason that the sages of the past ages designed and prescribed these yagyas.The rituals that we performs through objective means are therefore only reflections and representatives of the inner struggles by which we hope to win inner peace and victory.



The particles carried by smoke and air from the homam is mixed with the powerful veda mantras chanted.

This will add to the the cloud formation.The cloud will rain pure rain.This rainwater sustains food growth and water supply - which is digested by people.

As a result of this pure water,the food ingested is pure and will create pure humans - with divine qualities.


Whatever is dedicated and offered to God can never be lost.People can gain enormous  benefit by offering even a little to God.''A leaf or a flower,a fruit or a little water''- that is enough,if offered with devotion.Draupadi gave Lord Krishna the fraction of a leaf sticking to the side of a vessel and God granted her endless good fortune.Kuchela gave a handful of parched rice and received from the Lord awareness of His endless Glory.The yagyaa bears witness to this inner significance.





At the time of purnaahuti ( completion of the yagya ) , many sacred and fragrant articles are offered in the sacrificial fire.Precious gems like diamonds,rubies,emeralds etc are also put into the fire.Even pure silk is offered.The significance of this is that man should offer to the Divine his pure unselfish heart and such noble qualities like truth,righteousness,peace,love,non-violence,compassion and kindness for all beings alike.


Purpose of uttering svaahaa 

Svaaha is a sacred call to the deities.Svaahaa has three meanings : 

(1) the offering made with the utterance of that mantra - I offer wholeheartedly without any reservations.

(2) The vedic statement which conveys praise or glorification and ....

(3) The close or the end or ' so be it ' .

Svaaha is generally taken to indicate only and expression used while offering oblations in a ceremonially-lit fire.People imagine that it is not a Vedic word.They argue that is is a technical expression applicable to rituals only.This is not so.There is a deity named Svaaha Devi,invoked by that word.Since the word is full of potency,it is revered as the manifestation of Vaak Devi,the Deity presiding over the speech.


When Havis or other offerings are made to Divinity under its various forms and in its various names,this word - svaaha is used.The rites prescribed as unavoidable for daily life and those that aaare laid down as optional for the observance of certain holy days , all these have to begin with svaahaa.

When,however,one invokes one's forefathers and invites them to accept the ritual offerings,the expression used is svadhaa, not svaahaa.

There are no ritual offerings in the sacred fire without svaahaa or svadhaa.Vashtkaara is another Vedic word that complements the effect of svaaha mantra.

svaaha is a name applied to Sarasvati,the Deity of the Vedic Word.The Devi Bhagavatam declares that the Supreme Deity is both Gayatri and svaahaa.The Lalitha Sahasranama declares svaahaa and svadhaa as Her Names.




People involved in performing a Yagya 

These are : 


(1) Yajamaana is the one who performs the sacrifice.He is the chief person in the yagya.He is the master of the whole ceremony.He meets all expenses and claims the fruits of the same.The wife of the yajamaana,also has an important role to play

(2) The Ritviks or the priests are there to assist the yajamanaa in performing the yagyaa.They perform all the rituals.There are four main priests,each representing the four Vedas.Depending on the size of the yagya,each of these four main priests may have assistants to help them.The four main priests are :

   i . Rig Veda - hotr
   ii. Yajur Veda - adhvaryu
   iii. Saama Veda - udgaatir
    iv . Atharva Veda - brahmaa



Whatever is dropped into the fire gets burnt totally,even when no mantra is uttered by us.So what is the special process that takes place when svaahaa is uttered ?

Sai : From the worldly point of view,only this much is observed.However the Vedas concede that Fire has a Divine form and function besides the commonly known material form and function.
The Divine forms or Gods are beyond the reach of the senses.Therefore the Vedas recommend that the Gods be worshiped through rites and rituals.When oblations are offered in the fire,lit and fed as prescribed,these oblations or offerings are called aahuti.This means that God is invited ( aahvaana ) to accept the oblations.The word convey this special meaning.The Gods receive only offerings for which they have been invited ( aahuti )


Classifications of Yagyas

Generally there are four diferent classifications of yagyas : 

- Study and recollection of the Vedas learnt as a student(svaadhyaaya yagya)

- Repetition of certain Vedic mantra over and over again ( japa yagya )

-  Actual physical performance of the yagya ( karma yagya )

- Symbolical meditations,both on the ritual as well as the mantras chanted during the ritual ( maanasa yagya ).This last type is also referred to as the internal yagya.



 Each succeeding yagya gives ten times the result of the previous one.Thus,the internal yagya is the best form of yagya.However,one has to systematically proceed from kindergarten to college education.Very,very few can jump directly to college education.So too,each of the above four yagyas paves the way for the next one.



The internal yagya is the striving to realise the Divinity within.The external yagya is only a reflection of the internal yagya.Through the performance of the external yagyas by rituas,the inner self is purified.Divinity is within everyone and can be realised only through meditation.The mind is the sacrificial altar.On this altar,one has to offer all of one's bad qualities as offerings.

The sole purpose of an internal yagya is to see that the mind does not run after the whims and fancies of the senses.Unfortunately,instead of performing the sacrifices of this kind,people sacrifice goats and fowls as offerings.As a result,the bad qualities continue to grow in man. - Baba




The internal yagya has to be performed at all times,in all places and under all circumstances.The sacrificial altar for this is within each one of us.Whenever an evil thought or desire arises,it should be mercilessly scorched.

It is only by the constant vigilance and continuous endeavour that Divine grace can be earned.Only when evil traits are banished can Divinity manifest in all its glory.This is the real purpose of yagyas- to enable man to achieve purity in order to realise Divinity - Baba



Really speaking,the heart is the ceremonial altar ; the body is the fireplace ; the hair is the holy grass - darba;wishes are the fuel sticks with which the fire is fed ; desire is the ghee that is poured into the fire to make it burst into a flame; anger is the sacrifical animal and the fire is the penance ( tapas ) we accomplish.


People sometimes  interpret penance as ascetic practices like standing on one leg or on the head.No ! Penance is not a physical coordination of thought,word and deed.When this is achieved,the splendour of fire will manifest - Baba.



From Baghwan Sri Sathya Sai Baba 

Saturday, 3 September 2016

A message to Ayya Devotees.

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   Somehow something deep within has inspired me to write this article with the hope that this will reach the public vastly and that Ayya devotees would appreciate it sincerely.I have been sharing this idea of mine with Ayya personally for a real long time.. and this has finally taken the form of an article that I believe would reach myriads of devotees.

  This article is indeed about initiating a powerful storm that would bring Ayya worship to a different level altogether.With the blessings of Ayya and his children, let us hope this idea finds its way in a powerful way.

   The idea is to basically implement the recital of Sri Rudram as a norm in Ayya temples or worship.

 What is Sri Rudram ? 

  To put it briefly,Sri Rudram is a very powerful vedic chant ( from Krishna Yajur Veda ) which describes and offers salutations to Rudra.Vedic chants like Rudram are not created or made by someone.Vibrations in the cosmos are heard by Rishis during meditation.They then transmit these sound vibrations and this is how vedic chants are compiled.

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 The mantras you hear in temples are examples of vedic chants.In the case of Sri Rudram,the Rishi is Agni Himself.In puranas,it is said that the Rudram was chanted as a homam when Lord Shiva was doing the Rudra Tandava dance.The mantras ' Om Namah Sivaya' and ' Tryambakam Yajamahe..'  themselves comes from the Sri Rudram.

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   At present, the Sri Rudram is getting very famous and people around the globe are taking great initiatives in learning it, mainly upon Baghwan Sri Sathya Sai Baba's emphasis on learning it.Baba emphasised that everyone should chant vedam especially the Sri Rudram.And there is a great reason and signifance to it as well.

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  If you look at the right hand side of this webpage,you will find a post on ' learn sri rudram and chamakam'.This post has exemplified on the greater in depths of Sri Rudram , including the tutorial materials you can use to learn Sri Rudram.

   Personally, I only got in touch with Ayya through the chanting of Sri Rudram.My experience is also briefly articled here :

- http://maiyiliragu.blogspot.my/2016/04/let-me-begin-with-my-story.html


   Somehow I deeply felt that the Sri Rudram should reach Ayya devotees , simply because it matches Ayya very appropriately.Be it Muniswaran,Madurai Veeran or Karuppar - all are closely associated with Rudra.Again to emphasise , the chanting of Sri Rudram will definitely bring Ayya worship and grandeur to a different level.

 You will understand once you experience it.

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   Personally , I have made it a norm to chant the Sri Rudram in Ayya temples and the experiences are amazing.

   I call out to all Ayya devotees to take this as a service to Ayya by learning the Sri Rudram and reciting it.I am sure this will please Him beyond expressions.Please comment below if you are willing to take the initiative to fulfil this noble idea.

  I take this as my service to my beloved Ayya - to have his devotees fill the air with the vibrations of Sri Rudram.

   All efforts to enable people to learn this Sri Rudram has been made . Please visit : 

LEARN RUDRAM HERE : 

http://maiyiliragu.blogspot.my/2015/07/learn-sri-rudram-and-chamakam-extremely.html






Video Above : Youtube tutorial for Sri Rudram

  You can youtube search Rudram and listen to it.If you want to get a glimpse of the impact,try listening to it and meditating on the form of your favourite Ayya. Then proceed to learning and chanting it - to witness the magic.


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 If you initially find it hard to learn the Sri Rudram,do not give up.Ask Ayya to guide you.Listen to it while meditating and soon enough it will be wired in your system.Then learning will be easier.



Youtube videos of Rudram chanting in Ayya temples : 

https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLIeP9vZsuEsbI-P0FNlb6Sxl8rdchiIca


   Your life will be definitely transformed.This article is  inclusive for everyone and not just Ayya devotees as well.The Sri Rudram learning should be encouraged by everyone - at this present age - where it is very much needed in our planet.

   For further enquiries , doubts or help - email to 

                    MAYILIRAGAI@GMAIL.COM

or simply comment below.

Ayya thunai