Rudram and Chamakam
Why do we perform this yagya?
On a personal level, it is difficult to imagine a more powerful and focused way to dissolve difficult karmas, promote balance in life, protect health, and advance spiritually.
In Rudram, there is a mantra that is repeated several times:
Tesagm sahasrayojane vadhanvani tanmasi
"Please take all my troubles 10,000 miles away"
After Rudram is recited, the priests recite Chamakam. Seetharama Shastry, our Chief Priest in Kanchipuram, explains:
"This vedic mantra requests Rudra (Shiva) to give us everything and anything that a human could possibly want; every material possession, every form of happiness, family harmony, and leading to complete spiritual enlightenment. "
From the vedic mantras:
Fire sacrifices and other good deeds are with me,
The good result of such action is with me,
Freedom from disease is with me,
Freedom from small illnesses are with me,
The medicine for life without sickness is with me,
Long life is with me,
The state of all people being my friends is with me,
Absence of fear is with me,
Good conduct is with me,
Good sleep is with me,
Good mornings are with me,
Good days are with me,
And all these are with me,
Because I worship Rudra.
We perform this yagya to remove obstacles from life by dissolving negative karmas.
Virtually all of the traditional vedic spiritual practices like meditation, mantras, pujas, and yagyas rely on repetition for their effectiveness. More repetition is directly tied to results.
Karmas can be intense and deep seated and they require repeated performance of the rituals to dissolve them. This yagya program provides an unprecedented number of repetitions.
In a larger sense, the performance of the yagya brings a powerful influence of peace and prosperity to our nation, the world, and the universe at large. Although our focus is on the individual, the universe benefits at the same time. What could be better?