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Thoughts - Shri Rudram - Multiple views
At the heart of the vedas is the shrI rudram, the much hailed chanting
of the Lord. Many ardent devotees chant this hymn everyday. The great
uruththira pashupati n^AyanAr (1) got liberated just by chanting the shrI
rudram in full devotion.
While chanting this hymn with the focus on its meaning, this marvelous
vedic hymn gives different feelings at different times it is chanted. The
Formless Lord appear in very many great forms, probably this hymn on the Lord
also appears so. If looked at one perspective, it seem to hail the God, Who is
fierce with multitude of arms, and the hymn pleads to the God to become cool
and pleasant. Other look finds a Magnificent Lord, Powerful, Auspicious and
Protecting the ones who are ardent to the Lord. The Lord's thousands of arms
are the representation of Its protection now.
One other view holds the Lord rudra as the Doctor, Who cures the
illness of the patients. The Doctor well armed with sharp and strong
instruments, which are intended not to harm but to cure, is being begged by
the sick ones to cure them without having to undergo much of the painful
surgeries. When given some more thought this Doctor appears not as the normal
doctor, but as the Doctor Who cures the sickness of bonded life. Another
viewpoint would be visualizing the God in all the material and transcendental
things and the Its Being of their Lord.
A beautiful colorful standpoint observes the Lord as the Auspicious,
Giver of boons, Protector of the devotees, Very Powerful Lord Who as the
Supreme God runs the whole system of this Universe, Being present through the
various contradictory aspects of the world. We worship that splendid
Lord of all beings, Who guides the devotee to His Blissful state, to drop out
of Special Mercy, the arms (The system the Lord has devised that gives fruit
for the deeds - good fruit for the good deeds and bad reaction for the misdeed)
on our misdeeds and also requesting for protecting us from the evils. This
enchanting hymn not only asks for the one who chants it, but for all the
relatives, the whole village and for the whole world !!! Each bit
becomes enjoyable for us then by the Grace of that Blue-throated Lord Who
feeds the devotees.
No doubt, this marvelous hailing of the Lord glitters with many
beautiful colors that console, control, energize and enchant the devotee.
aum namaH shivAya cha shiva tarAya cha.
Posted On : 01.01.2001
2. sree rudram
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