||Jai Gurudev and a Happy Monday,
Rudra Puja, or Rudrabhisheka, which is one of the most ancient and profound rituals in the Indian subcontinent was performed yesterday at Rudracentre Mumbai by Neetaji. It was a puja, a worship, of the benevolent aspect of the consciousness called Shiva, or Rudra.
For me, this first Puja which I witnessed by staying awake full night on Mahashivaratri was a spontaneous happening which was born out of the fullness and contentment of myself. It was an innocent playful process reciprocating the supreme love of nature. The state of mind with which the puja was performed by Neetaji, the various materials used and the chanting (mantras) which was done during the puja, all had a profound effect on the environment and on myself. The vibrations purifed the place, the atmosphere and the people present. It was a meditation, a yoga meant to reach the state of total oneness. The feeling of oneness of the worshipper and the worshipped, was the realization of the true nature of the Self.
At Rudracentre ,Rudra Puja was the offering of water, and other substances, such as the panchamrita (five types of nectar: milk, yoghurt, clarified butter (ghee), honey, and cane sugar (jaggery), to Shiva. This was done in four prahars by pouring them (abhisheka) onto the Shivalinga and it is therefore also referred to as Rudrabhisheka. While the various substances were poured on the linga, specific mantras were chanted that were absorbed by those specific substances. After each prahar, everybody was given a little of the mixture of these substances to drink, thus allowing their body to absorb the vibrations of the mantras. Various other substances such as sandalwood paste (chandana), turmeric (haldi), kumkum, rice (akshata), bilva leaves, flowers, fruits, as well as incense (dhupa) and lamps of ghee and camphor (karpura) were also offered in the puja.
Post wearing the 19 Mukhi Java for the first time yesterday,the Shiva linga for me became the symbol for the unmanifested consciousness that Shiva represented. I felt an untouched and untainted innocence of my consciousness – that most subtle aspect of my being deep inside, that can never be corrupted.All my 19 rudrakshas ( from the One Mukhi Java to the 19 Mukhi vibrated with a certain unexplained but amazing energy...as if they had heart beats.The Four Prahar Rudra Puja was a journey that allowed my mind to expand, seeing everything as part of the consciousness, including myself. During the last and the fourth Prahar, my mind then moved inward, and finally reached the Self. It was therefore nice to meditate when the chanting was going on by the Pundits. When I listened with a meditative state of mind, the ancient Vedic mantras removed impurities and impressions that were there in my body and mind, leaving me with more mental clarity, fresh and recharged. I wasnt tired one bit post remaining awake full night. In fact I had become more alert and aware.
I would like to thank Neetaji and her husband for this magnanimous gesture of inviting everyone for the Rudra Abhisheka. I feel everyone must come next year on Mahashivaratri to experience this divine bliss and grace of Lord Shiva at Rudra Centre.
Blessings and Benedictions,