The Five disciplines of Agnihotra

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For the practice of Agnihotra a few disciplines are to be observed. If Agnihotra is performed sincerely, without changing its basic rules, it will certainly bring beneficial results. Let us know more about its various aspects.

 

Timings-

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O Healing Fire, we come to you daily at Sunrise and Sunset. – Rig-Veda

 

Agnihotra is performed daily at sunrise and sunset timings.

 

Sunrise and Sunset are two most significant circadian bio-rhythms.

 

The term “circadian” comes from the Latin terms “circa” – meaning around, and “diem” – meaning day.

 

The circadian rhythm refers to the natural, 24-hour body cycle that humans and animals naturally follow. With a circadian rhythm, people naturally tend to sleep when it’s nighttime and wake up when morning comes up.

 

It is closely linked with the Sunrise – Sunset cycle and is associated with the waking and sleeping patterns of animals and the metabolism of the plants like opening of flowers, etc.

The circadian rhythm, present in humans and most other animals, is generated by an internal clock that is synchronized to light-dark cycles and other cues in an organism’s environment. It also causes nocturnal animals to function at night when diurnal creatures are at rest.

 

This is in colloquial language referred to as the biological clock of the body.

 

Normal functioning of everything in this world is linked with the rhythmic alignment of the circadian rhythm. Any disturbance in this routine leads to a chaos. The normal schedule becomes adversely affected and even routine things start falling apart. Many disorders like insomnia, etc appear in humans.

 

Circadian rhythms can be disrupted by changes in daily schedule.

 

Agnihotra time is referred to as ai???Sandhyaai??i?? i.e. transitional moment. It is neither day nor night, neither light nor darkness. Veda describe this particular period as the Passage to Enlightenment ai???(Tirtha).

 

The science of Yoga attaches importance to this transitional moment. As per Yoga a man makes the use of either the left or the right nostril for breathing during the period from sunrise to sunset and there is a shift in the order beginning with sunset to sunrise. During this period ai???Idaai??i?? and ai???Pingalaai??i??, Nadis or channels of flow of energy, located in the breathing apparatus of the body, remain active in succession.

 

Agnihotra is ordained to be performed exactly on these vitally important transitional moments.

During these moments changes take place in the atmosphere which causes vital impact on all life forms and on the environment.

 

Exactly at the time of sunrise and sunset they are in the process of transition. The mind and body are in balance during this time band. Performance of Agnihotra synchronizing with this time strengthens the beneficial effects on the mind and the body.

 

The counting of the exact times of Sunrise or Sunset is done by using Vedic methodology. The Vedas consider a moment as sunset when half of the sun appears to have set below the horizon and sunrise is considered as the moment when half of the sun is visible over the horizon.

 

Semi- pyramid shaped copper vessel-

 

The vessel or Patra prescribed for Agnihotra is made of pure copper which is known for its Oligodynamic (i.e. antibacterial) properties. Copper, which is known to be an excellent conductor of heat and electricity, plays an important role in the process of Agnihotra. Agnihotra has close connection with fire, heat, electromagnetic forces and cosmic energy fields. The shape of Agnihotra vessel is precisely similar to pyramid.

 

The word pyramid (Pyr + mid) means ai???a geometrically perfect shape which has healing energies in the centerai??i??. The pyramid shaped copper vessel receives, intensifies and emanates healing and purifying energy in the surrounding area where Agnihotra is being performed. Its effectiveness reaches peak levels at sunrise and sunset. The shape and the metal copper enhance the potency of the healing energies emanating during the practice of Agnihotra.

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Cow dung cakes-

 

Fire for Agnihotra is to be prepared out of dried cow dung cakes. Ayurveda says that Cow dung has anti bacterial properties.

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The Offerings-

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Cow’s pure ghee-

Only Ghee made from Cowai??i??s is used for Agnihotra

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Rice grains-

The offerings consist of two pinches full of uncooked unbroken rice grains. The concept of unbroken is emphasized as it is said that the healing Veerya or potency of the rice gets lowered if the grain is broken. For optimum benefits one must use unbroken rice grains.

 

Mantra-

 
The offerings of Agnihotra are to be offered to the fire along with the chanting of following Sanskrit mantras.

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SOORYAYA SWAHA,

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Purport- O Sun, the giver of energy, I salute you and offer unto you what is given to me by you, that which is not mine but of the Divine.

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Purport- O lord, the Creator, I salute you and offer unto you that what is given to me by you, that which is not mine but of the Divine.

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AGNAYE SWAHA,

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Purport- O Agni, the Primordial element, I salute you and offer unto you that what is given to me by you, that which is not mine but of the Divine.

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Purport- O lord, the Creator, I salute you and offer unto you that what is given to me by you, that which is not mine but of the Divine.

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These mantras are easy to chant. Agnihotra mantras have a relaxing and purifying effect on the mind. They create vibrations of peace and love.

 

These Mantras are in Sanskrit language.

 

Their effect on the atmosphere, living beings and even plants is extremely pacifying. Agnihotra Mantras are to be uttered in their original form that is in Sanskrit. They are not to be translated in any other language because it will change their original frequency patterns. The translated words will be devoid of creating the beneficial vibratory sound waves and hence no benefits can be derived from uttering such words.

 

The offering to the fire are to be made uttering only two Mantras. There are two mantras in the morning at sunrise and two mantras in the evening at sunset. The mantras should be chanted in clear voice. Agnihotra mantras are to be uttered in a way that its sound vibrates in the entire household.

 

The words Soorya, Agni and Prajapati in the Mantras are synonyms of energy and the Almighty.

 

As we have seen in the earlier chapters, the Sun, the Agni are the chief energy sources on the planet and are given synonyms similar to the Supreme Consciousness. The Agnihotra Mantraai??i??s inculcate a feeling of surrender unto the Almighty and its energy.

 

The Sunrise Mantra is a prayer to the Sun, the propeller and the impelling power behind our world, to provide energy, healing and life till the Sunset.

 

The Sunset Mantra is a prayer to the Agni symbolizing warmth and protection, to provide energy, healing and protection of life till the Sunrise.

 

The second line in each Mantra referring to the word Prajapati meaning The Creator is a sign of praying unto the Divine Energy to create a feeling to surrender in the mind, body and soul.

Annapurna

 

Annapurna is the name given to our meals program. Through Annapurna we serve Satvik meals to pilgrims in our Akkalkot premise.

Guru Mandir and Shivpuri have been engaged in the noble work of providing food and accommodation to visiting pilgrims in Akkalkot for more than four decades.

The meals cooked and served here are in keeping with the Ayurvedic guidelines. The meals are vegetarian and ai???Satvikai??i?? (where the stove, meaning qualities and benefits of the food is kept intact). The vegetables are farm fresh, picked from our farms practicing Agnihotra Farming Methods. The meals served are organically grown, and are high on energy and other nutrients.

Some of the grains like wheat, jowar, Bajra, Groundnuts, some pulses, fruits, vegetables, etc. most of these are grown in the farms of Shivpuri itself. Some of these is also grown by farmers in various parts of the Nation who practice and follow Agnihotra Farming Methods.Ai??

Similarly, the milk, and milk products used for making tea, or preparing curds, buttermilk, ghee etc. come from Shivpuriai??i??s own Goshala.Ai??Visit Meal Timings to know more detailsai??i??.

 

Meal Timings:

 

Tea and Breakfast- 7.00 ai??i?? 9.00 am
Lunch ai??i?? 12.30 ai??i?? 2 pm
Afternoon tea- 4.00 ai??i?? 5.00 pm
Dinner ai??i?? 7.30 ai??i?? 9.30 pm

 

Industry

 

Vishwa also works towards better community building. For which it engages with communities at local levels andAi?? initiates various projects targeted at various sections of the society, helping to generate employment. It also providesAi?? educational and training opportunities to the women folk to make them self reliant.

Vishwa partners with various Industrial developments and support programs run at Local and Community levels to address and respond to the issue ofAi??formal and informal education, increase peopleai??i??s work readiness, employability prospect etc.

We work at grassroots level, with experts who teach participants various vocational skills to increase peopleai??i??s self-worth, offerAi?? them a platform for social interaction. These initiatives help to elevate social status of these individuals, therebyAi?? improving the employability prospects for them.Ai?? If some of these participants make products, Vishwa shows readiness to buyAi?? it to encourage them.

Shivpuri runs various manufacturing units to provide employment and generate income source for the people of the nearby areas. Many families are linked with this program and are happy that they got this opportunity in life. Vishwa products are today sold in more than 16 countries worldwide and across India.

Vishwa also encourages industries that create or produce ecofriendly and environmentally safe products,Ai?? ideas, and innovations as a viable alternative to the polluting industrial products.

Vishwa Community is also more than happy to extend a helping hand and partner with organizations and innovators who share our passion and are willing to work in the areas of:

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Protect the girl child

 

Less said the better about the female infanticide in India, which is a grave problem. Vishwa works on creating awareness about this issue. From time to time, every time that Vishwa identifies a suitable platform, it doesnai??i??t fail to organize workshops, seminars, and talks by eminent people to educate the people about the legalities and other dangerous fall outs of this heinous crime.

Many girl students of our school in Shivpuri are either given a scholarship or are provided education completely free, which helps them to support themselves as well as their families.

 

Handicapped Support

 

Vishwa supports the cause of providing the visually challenged with vocational training to enable them to support themselves and their families. In association with Metta Spa, an NGO based in Mumbai, which trains the visually challenged in providing foot massages, Vishwa is creating awareness about this initiative.

 

On successful completion of Foot Massage Therapy programs these highly trained therapists go on to offer their services to guests for a price and earn a living out of it.Ai??Vishwa Foundation supports Metta Spa by providing them with a very prominent space at its events every year. The therapists work through the event and offer foot massages to the visitors who come to these shows. The revenue generated from this initiative is handed over to the Metta Spa management.

 

Cow Protection

 

Protecting cows and offering them a perfect environment is a cause very close to Vishwaai??i??s heart as well as Agnihotra. Shivpuri has its own Goshala (Cow Farm), which houses about 60 cows. Vishwa volunteers run several other Goshalas to help further this cause. The cow dung is used for making the Dry Cow Dung cakes which are used during Agnihotra. Vishwa also runs a dry farm for the ageing cattle.

Likewise, the bulls are used in agriculture for tilling land. Their dung and urine is a very potent organic manure and pesticide. This is one of the major reasons that cows have been reared by humans since ancient times. Vishwa is mere protector, taking the tradition forward.

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