Affirmations

Sri Rudram‘ hits hard, especially the 2nd portion ‘Chamakam‘ , which lays out the affirmations. If you’d want to meditate on the whole thing, follow along one of my favorite renditions here. This blog is my personal spin on the age old text of Chamakam aided by the texts here. While I try to stay true to the original source wherever I can, I also try to find and replace the essence in the ideas that pertain to the names of the Gods, which though being common in Hindu anthropomorphisms, seems outdated. More honestly, my impressions mostly stem from not being able to translate literal Sanskrit, that I also couldn’t find translations anywhere in the web.

The only Sanskrit word left intentionally untranslated in this post is ‘yagna‘. There is no English counterpart to yagna, the closest I can think of being penance. However, penance linguistically has more connections with repentance, a word with negative backlogs for its tries to resolve one’s bad karmas. Think of yagna as you on agna (fire), a sacrifice that has no backlog, and is more like a lifestyle, an everyday workout, a diet plan, or a marshmallow test, and/or any attempt to break out from your daily comfort zone.

Needless to say this was a long poem to attempt translation. But yagna it is, and I had so much fun, and breathing helps..

For who is fire and who is sea,
Both of you acknowledge,
and be with me,
Let these words which speak of you,
Grow forever and you both,
Lift my human condition.

Energy is with me,
The mind to harness energy is with me
Purity is with me,
Enthusiasm is with me,
Capacity to protect is with me,
Capacity to earn sustenance is with me,
Strength to focus without fail is with me,
Fame is with me
Strength of poetry is with me,
Enlightenment inside is with me,
Heaven is with me,
The spirit of the soul is with me,
Base is with me,
Body is with me,
The soul is with me,
Thought is with me,
Things known by thought are with me,
Words are with me,
Mind is with me,
Eyes are with me,
Ears are with me,
Strength for gaining knowledge are with me
Strength for sensory pleasures are with me,
Strength of soul is with me,
Strength to defeat evil is with me,
Span of life is with me,
The old age is with me,
The soul inside is with me,
Good body is with me,
Great pleasures are with me,
The armor to protect the body is with me,
Strong stable organs are with me,
Bones are with me,
And cells are with me,
All other parts of the body are with me,
Because I affirm.

Fame is with me,
Capacity to lead is with me,
Internal anger is with me,
External anger is with me,
Fathomless unknowns are with me,
Pure cold water is with me,
Capacity to win is with me,
Capacity to be honored is with me,
Immovable assets are with me,
Daughters and sons, and grand daughters and grand sons are with me,
Deathless progeny is with me,
Pleasure of wealth is with me,
Growth of knowledge is with me,
Truth is with me,
Attention to detail is with me,
Movable assets are with me,
Wealth is with me,
Capacity to attract is with me,
Luster of the material is with me,
Sport is with me,
Happiness coming out of that is with me,
Whatever has been made is with me,
Whatever is being made is with me,
Praises of glory is with me,
Good deeds are with me,
Saved money is with me,
Whatever wealth I shall earn is with me,
Earned assets are with me,
Assets, which I will earn, are with me,
Places that I reach, are with me,
Good paths are with me,
Good results of my sacrifices are with me,
Unclaimed victories are with me,
Wealth earned in proper ways, proper-ties, are with me,
Good capacity to carry our things is with me,
Capacity to foresee is with me,
And stability to manage is with me,
And all these are with me,
Because I affirm.

Pleasures of this world are with me,
Pleasures of other worlds are with me,
Affinity is with me,
The desires brought by affinities is with me,
The results of the desire is with me,
Kins close to my heart are with me,
Security is with me,
Establishment is with me,
Good habitats are with me,
All good luck is with me,
All wealth is with me,
Teachers showing their ways are with me,
One who carries me as the Father is with me,
Protection from elements is with me,
Courage is with me,
Goodness is with me,
Reward is with me,
Knowledge of text is with me,
Capacity to teach is with me,
Capacity to command is with me,
Capacity to accomplish is with me,
Stability is with me,
Destruction of blocks in my path are with me,
Yagnas are with me,
The good result of such action is with me,
Freedom from disease is with me,
Freedom from unease is with me,
The medicine for life without sickness is with me,
Long life is with me,
The state of all the people being my allies is with me,
Abject absence of fear is with me,
Good conduct is with me,
Deep sleep is with me,
Good mornings are with me,
Quiet days are with me,
And all these are with me,
Because I affirm.

Food is with me,
Good words are with me,
Milk is with me,
The essence of milk is with me,
Butter is with me,
Honey is with me,
Eating together with my family is with me,
Drinking together with relatives and friends is with me,
Agriculture is with me,
Rain is with me,
Land which gives victory is with me,
Production out of plants and trees are with me,
Gold is with me,
Gems are with me,
Greatness that wealth brings is with me,
Health is with me,
Wealthy harvest is with me,
Fame that the harvest brings is with me,
Many good things that harvests brings are with me,
Further and further growth is with me,
Completeness is with me,
State above perfection is with me,
Deathless state is with me,
Maize is with me,
Rice is with me,
Wheat is with me,
Beans are with me,
Oil seeds are with me,
Greens are with me,
Peas are with me,
All types of wheat are with me,
Roots are with me,
Lentils are with me,
Fruits are with me,
Millets are with me,
Sustenance is with me,
And all these are with me,
Because I affirm.

Stones are with me.
Mud is with me,
Hills are with me,
Mountains are with me,
Sand is with me,
All that grows from soil is with me,
Gold is with me,
Steel is with me,
Magnesium is with me,
Zinc is with me,
Iron is with me,
Copper are with me,
Fire is with me,
Water is with me,
Climbing plants are with me,
Medicinal herbs are with me,
All, which is cultivated, is with me,
All produce, not cultivated, is with me,
All that is in villages is with me,
All that is in the forest is with me,
All animals are with me,
All material required for yagna are with me,
All assets inherited by me are with me,
All assets of my children and friends are with me,
All my assets are with me,
All movable wealth is with me,
All immovable wealth is with me,
All religions are with me,
Strength to do religion is with me,
Discipline of faith is with me,
Pleasures that can be attained are with me,
Methods to attain such pleasures are with me,
All attainments are with me,
And all these are with me,
Because I affirm.

Fire and Consciousness,
Moon and Consciousness,
Sun and Consciousness,
Knowledge and Consciousness,
Cold and Consciousness,
Teacher of Elements and Consciousness,
Friend and Consciousness,
Justice and Consciousness,
Architecture and Consciousness,
Defense and Consciousness,
Life and Consciousness,
Speed and Consciousness,
Wind and Consciousness,
Universe and Consciousness,
Earth and Consciousness,
Atmosphere and Consciousness,
Heaven and Consciousness,
Four directions and Consciousness,
The anchor of mind and Consciousness,
King and Consciousness,
I am blessed by.

The vessels for focused attention,
The rays of the sun are with me,
The vessels of transmutations of energy,
The vessels of photosynthesis are with me,
The vessels to give planets with abiogenesis are with me,
The vessels of forming Earths are with me,
The vessels to give the galaxies with the seeds of life are with me,
The vessels to give quasars with the seeds of life are with me,
The months of Autumn are with me,
The revelation is with me,
Morning star is with me,
Day star is with me,
Evening light is with me,
Eternal darkness is with me,
The vessels to gift a dying saint with life is with me,
The vessels to give seasons with recurrences are with me,
Forceful seize is with me,
Forsaken abandons are with me,
Abstractions are with me,
Constellations are with me,
Humanity is with me,
Human will is with me,
The vessels to give knowledge with the seeds of ideas are with me,
Manliness is with me,
Husbandry is with me
And abstinence is with me,
And all these are with me,
As I affirm.

Tender branch pieces of woods are with me
Grass is with me,
The sacrifice platform is with me,
The place to sit for those who do the sacrifice is with me,
The light for doing the yagna is with me,
The vessels for focused attention is with me,
The stones for crushing the distractions is with me,
The wooden pieces are with me,
The holes dug in the earth is with me,
The sounds used to extract meditations are with me,
The pencil is with me,
The paper are with me,
The tools are with me,
The interfaces are with me,
The stages of life is with me,
The platform for keeping materials to be put in fire is with me,
The place for love to exist is with me,
The general place for those who want to attend is with me,
The words meant for yagna is with me,
The platforms for fasting is with me,
The bathing done at the end of the sacrifice is with me,
And the burning of woods in the fire is with me,
And all these materials meant for yagnas come to me,
As I affirm.

Let fire be made over to me,
Let what has to be done before the yagna be made over to me,
Let the eye sacrifice be made over to me,
Let the sun sacrifice be made over to me,
Let the soul sacrifice be made over to me,
Let strength sacrifice be made over to me,
Let the earth be made over to me,
Let the books be made over to me,
Let the times be made over to me,
Let heaven be made over to me,
Let calibrations be made over to me,
Let the axes of spaces be made over to me,
Let the different directions be made over to me,
Let the eternal word be made over to me,
Let the eternal song be made over to me,
Let the eternal worship be made over to me,
Let the sanctity required to do the yagna be made over to me,
Let the starving rites which would remove sins be made over to me,
Let the proper time for yagna be made over to me,
Let the rite of drinking divine be made over to me,
Let good crop made by ceaseless rain in night and day be made over to me,
Let the singing of evenings be made to me,
As I affirm.

Let the seed be made over to me,
Let the newborns be made over to me,
Let one and half year old masculinity be made over to me,
Let one and half year old femininity made over to me,
Let two-year-old masculinity be made over to me,
Let two-year-old femininity be made over to me,
Let two and half year old masculinity be made over to me,
Let two and half year old femininity be made over to me,
Let three-year-old masculinity be made over to me,
Let three-year-old femininity be made over to me,
Let three and half old masculinity be made over to me,
Let three and half year old femininity be made over to me,
Let four-year-old masculinity be made over to me,
Let four-year-old femininity be made over to me,
Let breeding masculinity be made over to me,
Let deep femininity be made over to me,
Let virility be made over to me,
Let motherliness be made over to me.

By the yagna that I perform.
Let the yagna give me life,
Let yagna give me inhaled air,
Let yagna give me exhaled air,
Let yagna give me able eyes,
Let yagna give me able ears,
Let yagna give me able mind,
Let yagna give me able words,
Let yagna give me an able soul,
Let yagna give me ability to perform more yagnas.

One is with me.
Three is with me,
Five is with me,
Seven is with me,
Nine is with me,
Eleven is with me,
Thirteen is with me,
Fifteen is with me,
Seventeen is with me,
Nineteen is with me,
Twenty-one is with me,
Twenty-three is with me,
Twenty-five is with me,
Twenty-seven is with me,
Twenty-nine is with me,
Thirty-one is with me,
Thirty-three is with me,
Four is with me,
Eight is with me,
Twelve is with me,
Sixteen is with me,
Twenty is with me,
Twenty-four is with me,
Twenty-eight is with me,
Thirty-two is with me.
Thirty-six is with me,
Forty is with me,
Forty-four is with me,
Forty-eight is with me.

Food is with me,
Production of food is with me,
Growth of food is with me,
Yagna is with me,
And I request
The Sun, the reason of all this and
The sky at the top and
The gods presiding over the sky and
The gods presiding over deluge and
The deluge and
The gods presiding over the world and
The world and
The gods presiding over every thing,
Are with me.

I Affirm.

Impressions Translated from Shri Rudram, Yajurveda’s Taittiriya Samhita, < 4500 BCE

References:

  1. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Shri_Rudram
  2. https://shaivam.org/scripture/English-Translation/1287/chamakam-english-translation

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