Purpose and Benefits
Sri Rudra Homa,
associated with Kalasha Abhishekam,
is considered the most exalted Vedic Ritual. A specially consecrated
Shiva Linga along
with Pita (Yoni),
received from Hawaii Iravan Temple
and blessed by Shiva Leen Shivaya Subramanian Swami, will be installed in Sambodh Aranya for this Rudra
Rudra Mahayagna is being organized to promote world peace, family well-being;
for averting ill fortunes, health problems, financial troubles,
marital discords, depression and for securing inner purity
and God's blessings.
Traditionally Trained Priests,
in the spiritual presence of Swami Bodhananda Saraswati, and
under the leadership of Sri Aswath (Columbus, OH), trained
in the Krishna Yajur Veda branch, and Pradeep Sagdeo (Kalamazoo, MI), trained
in the Rig Veda
branch, will officiate over this great Vedic ritual. Vedic
Mantras chanted by upasakas with the correct intonation, along with ritualistic
rigor enhance the efficacy of the homa. The whole experience transports the participant into the ancient Naimishikaranya Yagnas,
performed in the forests of the Himalayan foothills by our
with the specially consecrated Shiva Linga, another 288
Anu Lingas also will be installed on a special mandapa representing Shiva's many vibhutis or manifestations. Abhisheka
will be offered to these lingas,
also. Contents from 27 kalashas
are used to offer Abhisheka
to the main Shiva Linga.
this same occasion, Devata Homas,
such as the Maha Ganapati Homa,
and the Navagraha Homa
will be offered for the sake of receiving the special
blessings from these respective Deities. When performed along
with Rudra Homa,
the potency of these special devata homas
is a powerful Maha Yajna
encompassing two Nishkama Karmas,
namely, Deva Yajna (worship
of Rudra, the regents of directions, and other divinities),
and Manushya Yajna (performed by congregation of devotees who partake prasada or grace of the Lord). It is very rare that a Homa
of this significance
and magnitude can be witnessed. Equally rare is the opportunity
for the uninitiated to actually participate in the worship.
This powerful Homa consecrates the newly acquired land for the Ashram and
sets the stage for creation of a totally serene environment
Sri Rudra Maha Yajna Homa and Abhishekam are Performed…
To assure that the Purusharthas
(the goals of life) are fulfilled. When Sage Yajnavalkya was
asked "Which prayer gives one liberation, health, heaven,
riches and makes one transcend mortality?" he replied
"By worshiping Rudra." The very word Rudra means "one who melts away the sorrows of samsara."
For the sake of "Rita".
Rita, the highest purpose of creation, means "right".
It signifies the eternal and immutable universal and existential
order. The Yajna brings this Rita to the individual's awareness. Such an expansion of one's being destroys
all sin and sinful tendencies.
1) The Navagraha Puja and Homa is performed to propitiate the 9 planets who govern the material aspect
of human life. Among these Navagrahas, Sani (Saturn) and Rahu (the Dragon’s Head) more
powerfully influence human affairs. Saturn and Rahu, when
malevolent, can cause loss of health, wealth, fame, reputation,
and life itself. People who suffer from these afflictions
worship the Navagrahas for their removal.
2) The Shri Maha Ganapathi Puja and Homa is meant to remove hurdles in one’s path of accomplishment
and to fulfill one’s legitimate desired goals in human
life. Those who are frustrated in such efforts may participate
in this Homa to bring them Lord Ganesha’s blessings and success in their endeavors.
3) The Shri Maha Lakshmi Puja and Homa
is performed for the purpose of gaining legitimate
wealth. Those who are involved in business or are facing financial
problems may perform this Homa to receive the blessings and grace of Goddess Lakshmi.
names of these donors will be included in the sankalpa
(or expressed purpose) of the Mahayagna
Sponsors participate in the offering of dravyas (materials) for their particular puja, homas,
and/or abhisheka, and the punya (benefit) is accrued to them.
donations will be utilized for the charitable purposes
and projects of The Sambodh Society, Inc.
The Sambodh Society is building a national center for the
teaching of V
edanta and Mediation near Kalamazoo, MI.
To have such a facility located near by is both an honor
n opportunity for blessings and spiritual growth.
OM Namah Shivaya!