Rudrabhishek is an ancient chanting which was downloaded from the Akasha (space). When the ancient sages sat in meditation, they heard these sounds (of the mantras), and they started transferring to other people what they heard (and that is how the Rudrabhishek was downloaded).
The effect of Rudrabhishek is, it creates positive energy and removes negative vibrations. The main thing is the vibration, that is it. If you ask me, ’Do you know the meaning of all the chants? I will say, ’I also don’t know.’ It’s the vibration of the chants that is more important than the meaning. When Rudrabishek happens, nature flourishes; nature becomes joyful and happy.
Mainly, it creates more positive ions; more so when people are meditating.
Rudrashtakam is the composition of Hindu bhakti poet Tulsidas. Rudrashtakam narrates the qualities and deeds of Lord Shiva.
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The First Part of Rudrabhishekam
There are two parts to Rudrabhishekam, the first part says, ’Namo, namo, namo, namo’.
Mana means mind. The word mind in English comes from the Sanskrit word Mana.
Nama is the reverse of the mind. The mind going to its source is called Nama.
When the mind goes outside to experience the world, it is Mana. When the mind goes back to its source, it is Nama, and when it goes to its source what does it find? It finds that everything is made up of one consciousness.
Today, scientist are talking about the God Particle – the one particle by which everything has been made. Thousands of years ago the Rishis said the same thing, that everything is made up of one thing, and that they called Brahman.
That which is neither male nor female, which is nothing but a Tattva (Tattva means principle), by which everything is made, is called Bramhan. And when that Bramhan becomes personal, it is called Shiva Tattva – the innocent divinity that is in everything. That is why we say, ‘Namo, namo!’
In the trees, in the greenery, in the birds, even in the thieves, and in a dacoit, everywhere, it is the same one principle that present.
The Second Part of Rudrabhishekam
Then, the second part will say, ‘Chame, chame, chame, chame.’ You have heard this, isn’t it?! This means, 'Everything is in me'.
‘Me’ in English comes from the Sanskrit word ’Ma’, which means 'Myself'. ‘Ma Ma’ means ’ For Me’ and ‘In Me’. So, everything is in terms of 'Myself'.
The second part is 'Everything is for me, and everything is in terms of me.
Even for the numbers they say, ‘Ekaachame’, which means, one, two, three, four, they are all my form.
Like that, ‘Sugamchame’, happiness for me!
‘Abhayanchame’, fearlessness, happiness, health, all the good things in the universe, let them all come to me, and they are all part of me. That is it!
As this is being chanted, usually milk and water runs through the crystal, drop by drop. This is the ancient method. It is done with water, or by putting herbs in fire.
What they do is, they keep a fire and they put different herbs for the different chants. This is the ancient method.
Rudrabhishekam On Mondays
When done on Mondays it is even more special. Monday is the day of the moon, and the moon and mind are connected. Mantra, mind, moon, they are all connected somewhere. So in India, it is a tradition to have this chanting in the Ashrams every Monday.
All the five elements are used in pooja. Pooja means honoring all the elements. So, fire, water, incense sticks, fruits, flowers, rice, whatever nature has given to us, those things are used (for worship) along with the chanting.
Just doing it as a ritual is not that effective because it is said that the Veda Mantras are effective when people are awake from within; for them, these mantras have more meaning. So, these mantras help you to go deep into meditation.