Wednesday, March 2, 2011

He who is Rudra, He is Bhagavan

The Atharvasira Upanishad is a very ancient text that comes to us from the Pashupatas, who formed the first and oldest sect of Shaivism known to history. Atharvashira means "head of the Atharva(veda)", and is meant to convey the very essence of the most esoteric of the Vedas. 

Though some scholars assign a date of ca. 700 CE to the Atharvashira, the original text is without doubt much older. Again and again the old books of law, the Dharma Shastras, have mentioned the Atharvashira as a purifying text alongside the Vedic Samhitas and Upanishads (vide Gautama XIX.12; Baudhayana III.10.9; Vasishtha XXII.9). Given that these Dharma Shastras themselves were composed between 600-200 BCE, we may safely assume that the Atharvashira was already in existence some 2500 years ago. 

It is possible that the Atharvashira was originally an independent mystical text of the Pashupatas and not considered an upanishad, as such. However with time, given its great import to the Shaivite religion, it may have incorporated itself into Vedantic literature as an upanishad in its own right. Whatever be its history, we know that various recensions of this holy text are in existence in different areas of India, owing to the fact that the Pashupatas were once a widely-distributed and highly-influential sect. 

One finds in the Atharvashira teachings of a deep spiritual nature centered around the single Deity, Rudra, who is Lord (Bhagavan) and the nucleus of all existence. He is the One who exists in all forms, all shapes, and all experiences. It is He who fills the void between all things. He exists in vibrational form as Omkara, the holiest of syllables. He is to be mediated upon, and He is to be realized. He is the Source and the Destination. 

Shame indeed it is that primary texts of such spiritual caliber fail to be adequately and fully translated, while the defunct Dharma Shastras enjoy much scholarship. 

Tanno Rudra Prachodayat ~ May Rudra impel us!

Mahashivaratri 5112 (2011 CE).

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Aum!
He who is Rudra, He is Bhagavan.
He is Brahmā. Salutations be, salutations be unto Him!
He who is Rudra, He is Bhagavan.
He is Vishnu. Salutations be, salutations be unto Him!
He who is Rudra, He is Bhagavan.
He is Skanda. Salutations be, salutations be unto Him!
He who is Rudra, He is Bhagavan.
He is Indra. Salutations be, salutations be unto Him!
He who is Rudra, He is Bhagavan.
He is Agni. Salutations be, salutations be unto Him!
He who is Rudra, He is Bhagavan.
He is Vayu. Salutations be, salutations be unto Him!
He who is Rudra, He is Bhagavan.
He is Surya (Sun). Salutations be, salutations be unto Him!
He who is Rudra, He is Bhagavan.
He is Soma (Moon). Salutations be, salutations be unto Him!
He who is Rudra, He is Bhagavan.
He is the eight grahas (planets). Salutations be, salutations be unto Him!
He who is Rudra, He is Bhagavan.
He is the eight pratigrahas (offerings). Salutations be, salutations be unto Him!
He who is Rudra, He is Bhagavan.
He is Bhuloka, the world of mortals. Salutations be, salutations be unto Him!
He who is Rudra, He is Bhagavan.
He is Bhuvarloka, the world of the ancestors. Salutations be, salutations be unto Him!
He who is Rudra, He is Bhagavan.
He is Svarloka, the world of the Devas. Salutations be, salutations be unto Him!
He who is Rudra, He is Bhagavan.
He is Maharloka, the world of Gandharvas. Salutations be, salutations be unto Him!
He who is Rudra, He is Bhagavan.
He is Prthivi (Earth). Salutations be, salutations be unto Him!
He who is Rudra, He is Bhagavan.
He is Antariksha (Mid-Region). Salutations be, salutations be unto Him!
He who is Rudra, He is Bhagavan.
He is Dhyaus (Heaven). Salutations be, salutations be unto Him!
He who is Rudra, He is Bhagavan.
He is Apas (Water). Salutations be, salutations be unto Him!
He who is Rudra, He is Bhagavan.
He is Tejas (Fire). Salutations be, salutations be unto Him!
He who is Rudra, He is Bhagavan.
He is Kala (Time). Salutations be, salutations be unto Him!
He who is Rudra, He is Bhagavan.
He is Yama (Ender of time). Salutations be, salutations be unto Him!
He who is Rudra, He is Bhagavan.
He is Mrityu (Death). Salutations be, salutations be unto Him!
He who is Rudra, He is Bhagavan.
He is Amrita (Immortality). Salutations be, salutations be unto Him!
He who is Rudra, He is Bhagavan.
He is Akasha (Space). Salutations be, salutations be unto Him!
He who is Rudra, He is Bhagavan.
He is Vishva (Universe). Salutations be, salutations be unto Him!
He who is Rudra, He is Bhagavan.
He is Sthula (Gross). Salutations be, salutations be unto Him!
He who is Rudra, He is Bhagavan.
He is Sukshma (Subtle). Salutations be, salutations be unto Him!
He who is Rudra, He is Bhagavan.
He is Shukla (Bright). Salutations be, salutations be unto Him!
He who is Rudra, He is Bhagavan.
He is Krsna (Dark). Salutations be, salutations be unto Him!
He who is Rudra, He is Bhagavan.
He is Krtsna (Entirety). Salutations be, salutations be unto Him!
He who is Rudra, He is Bhagavan.
He is Satya (Truth). Salutations be, salutations be unto Him!
He who is Rudra, He is Bhagavan.
He is Sarva (Everything). Salutations be, salutations be unto Him!

~Atharvashira Upanishad (II:1-32)

ॐ नमो भगवते रुद्राय.
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1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Sanatan Dharma is the original culture of this world, and there was a time when it was spread throughout the world. People can find swastika in every culture like the American Indians, Greece, troy, Italy, Russia and many other countries have this symbol. Look at the 108 symbols of god in Sanatan Dharma and their origin. Things will become very clear about the origin of humanity in this world. It is time to free ourselves from the lies and deception spread throughout the world about our culture.


Dont forget, even today in Sanskrit and Hindi the words for Divorce and any other abusive words do not exist.

Arya samaj was made in the time period of 1800′s, when India was under complete domination of foreign rule. Arya samaj is the attempt to make sanatan dharma into a monotheistic religion, watered down its ancient methods to the very basic.
Look at the vatican square - it is the shiva lingum . It proves that it used to be a ancient culture of Sanatan dharma, which was taken over by the romans and converted.

Vatican - Vatica ie. Anand Vatica - garden of happiness. This was a forced transformation. Now people dont even remember. Only traces of truth remain.

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