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Glimpses of  Sat Chandi Sahit Ati Rudram Yajna at Atlanta, GA (Nov 18, 2015 - Nov 28, 2015)


Let’s Understand the Significance of the Event!  


By Swami Adhyatmananda, Sivananda Ashram, Ahmedabad, IndiaIn Srimad Bhagavad Gita, Lord Sri Krishna says: “I am Shiva amongst Rudras.” In Atharva Veda, in Sri Devi Atharva Shirsham, Devi says: I am the very life of Rudra. Yasyah swaroopam brahmadayo na jananti. I am that supreme that even Brahma, the very creator also does not know my nature.

Now we have made sankalpa to perform Satha Chandi Sahita Ati Rudra Maha Yajna, we must know the purpose, significance and meaning of these rituals. The first thing that we must know that the mantras chanted are from Vedas, the namakam and chamakam, they are not the compo­sition of any human being. The Vedas are known as “apourusheya, meaning not the creation of mankind. They are eternal. Rishis of the yore are called Mantra Drashtah, meaning Seer of mantras. Because of the extreme purity and well tuned mind, the Higher Intelligence revealed the mantras to them. Because of that, they did not claim the authorship of the mantras. Each mantra is full of life and it has its own power, strength and potentiality. They are eternal, su­preme and simply divine.

Just try to understand that when we utter the word “Lion”, a picture of a lion appears in front of our eyes or on the screen of the mind. Holy words inspire us and dirty words disturb us. The mantra invokes very Rudra in its each notation. Each mantra has its Devata, Rishi, Chhanda (meter) and Guru. Recitation and chanting brings about the power of the Rishis to the one who undertakes this noble endeavor.

Before commencing this kind of yajna, the “Sankalpa” is made or clear-cut goal is established. Why we are doing this yajna? The power generated by these should be channelized for definite good purpose. Nothing is achieved without definite goal. What is the most important here is the yajna spirit. It is the spirit of sacrifice and selflessness. Bhagavan Sri Krishna in chapter three of Bhagavad Gita elaborately elucidates spirit of Yajna and importance of such spirit in noble un­dertakings.


Human beings are bound by work (Karma) that is not performed as a selfless service (Seva, Yajna). Therefore, O Arjuna, becoming free from selfish attachment to the fruits of work, do your duty efficiently as a service to Me. (3.09)




The righteous who eat the remnants of selfless service (Seva, Yajna) are freed from all sins, but the impious who cook food only for themselves (without first offering to Me or sharing with others), in truth, eat sin. (3:13)


All actions performed in yajna are characterized by totally selfless motive and are performed for the peace, welfare, prosperity and enrichment of society at large and for the benefit of known and unknown. The fire of the yajna is lit by “Arani Manthan”, meaning by rubbing the woods and not by a lighter. Each oblation carries the power generated by sacrifice. Here oblation sym­bolizes sacrifice that you are committing to make for whatever needed to fulfill the goal or sankalpa for noble cause. So to summarize, you make sankalpa for noble, selfless and righteous endeavor. For that by vedichymns, you invoke the grace of the almighty God that is the source of this phenomenal world and without His grace nothing is possible. You make commitment to make whatever sacrifices needed to realize the fulfillment of the noble cause. In short, the rituals of yajna covers all indispensable factors for success of any meaningful undertaking, namely defi­nite goal, grace of the Almighty God and sacrifice that one has to make to achieve anything de­sirable. 

Also, our Satha Chandi Yajna is to invoke the grace of the power, the shakti within us, to free us from ego, to kill Mahisasura. It is all divine. Entire Chandi Yajna is holy chants with sacred ob­lations, the process to cultivate virtues and eradicate vices, to be free from lust, anger, greed, jealousy and hypocrisy.

Our day to day life is inundated with clash, depression, indecision and dissatisfaction not know­ing the right path. This Maha Yajna will bring about mutual love, affection and harmony. It will lead us to peace, bliss and true happiness. May we understand the value based rituals of the holy vedichymns and abide in its solemn meaning with absolute faith! It will ultimately help us to achieve the goal of life of merging individual self in the Supreme Self and uplifting us from our mundane existence to the Supreme Divinity.  OM Shanti! 

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