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.

Actual Performance-

 

Start the preparations about 5-10 minutes before the actual sunrise time. Start by arranging pieces of dry cow dung cakes (CDC) in the Agnihotra vessel. A convenient way of arranging the pieces which allows adequate air circulation is shown in the adjoining illustrations.

 

  1. If you are using the ISVS Agnihotra starter kit, then open the kit and remove the equipment that is present in it one by one.
  2. It is better to sit on the ground in a lotus position from Yoga, for Agnihotra. If it is not possible to sit on the ground, one can even do Agnihotra placing the pot on a table and using a chair for sitting.
  3. Make sure the area that Agnihotra is being performed is clean and hygienic. Agnihotra is a process of channelizing tremendous healing energies and must be done in a clean place to avoid any interference.
  4. Make sure that there are not flammable objects in the vicinity which can catch fire due to the flames from the Agnihotra pot.
  5. Agnihotra pot has to be placed on a flat surface for optimum results. This is to keep the axis of the energy in the right plane. Take the stand and place it on a flat surface. If you are going to place the stand on the ground, then make sure that the area is flat and not sloping to a direction. If you feel that the surface is not flat, then you can place the stand on a piece of flat stone, tile or a wooden plank.
  6. Use the stand or an insulating surface like a flat wood or stone slab, if Agnihotra is being done indoors, on a carpet, etc to avoid any damage due to the heat. One can also directly place the stand on the floor if there is no danger of anything getting damaged due to the fire or heat. It can be placed on the dry ground, away from any flammable material like dry twigs, etc if Agnihotra is being done outdoors in a garden or a park.
  7. Take the pot and place it on the copper stand provided with the Agnihotra kit.
  8. Keep a piece of CDC big enough to cover the base, at the bottom of the vessel. This helps in making the other pieces catch fire in a uniform manner.
  9. Keep two small pieces along the 2 opposite walls or corners of the vessel.
  10. Place two long pieces of CDC horizontally above the two pieces and perpendicular to them with a gap between them at the center.
  11. Two to four such layers can be placed one over the other.
  12. Take a long piece of CDC with slightly sharp end and apply a little cowai??i??s ghee to the tip.
  13. Strike a match and ignite this piece. After the piece has been fully lit, insert it vertically in the central opening. No other chemical or petroleum products are to be used for lighting the Agnihotra Fire.
  14. Guggul (an aromatic resin of a tree with many medicinal properties) or cotton wick duly soaked in cowai??i??s ghee can also be used for igniting. If necessary use a fan to facilitate ventilation in the pot, so that all the pieces are fully ablaze.
  15. Take two pinches full of clean, unbroken uncooked rice grains (raw) on the palm of your left hand or in a small dish. Smear these rice grains with a few drops of cowai??i??s pure ghee.
  16. Divide the ghee smeared rice grains in two approximate half parts.
  17. Check the local sunrise sunset timing on the time sheet/chart provided by ISVS. The time charts of most cities and towns in the world are available for free download on the ISVS website www.agnihotraindia.com
  18. Keep an eye on your watch and at the exact sunrise time, start uttering first Mantra Sooryaya Svaha. On the utterance of the word Svaha offer one part of the rice grains to the fire and continuing the Mantra complete the first line uttering Sooryaya Idam Na Mama.
  19. Uttering the other line of the Mantra offer other part of the rice grains to the fire after saying Prajapataye Svaha. Again at the utterance of the word Svaha offer the remaining second part of the offering in the Fire and complete the Mantra uttering Prajapataye Idam Na Mama.
  20. Concentrate on the fire till the offerings are fully burnt.
  21. Try and focus on the movements of the Fire.
  22. You can do your regular spiritual practice or practice other Vedic Sciences like Yoga, Meditation, etc. after the performance of Agnihotra.
  23. After the Fire is completely burnt out, place the Agnihotra pot in a clean and hygienic place.
  24. If you are in a rush and cannot wait till the Fire is completely burnt out, then, make sure to place the pot with the fire still alive on a height or a platform to avoid any injuries. This care has to be taken especially when there are children in the house. The morning Agnihotra concludes here.
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  26. In the evening before the Agnihotra time remove very carefully the morning Agnihotra ash from the vessel and put it in a bag or box specially kept aside for it.
  27. Repeating the morning process prepare a fresh fire from the cow dung cakes in the vessel.
  28. Also prepare two equal parts of the cow ghee smeared rice grains for the two offerings.
  29. Exactly at sunset time, accompanied by the chanting of sunset Agnihotra Mantras ai??i?? Agnaye Svaha offer the first part after saying Svaha and complete the Mantra by saying Agnaye Idam Na Mama.
  30. Similarly, uttering the second line of the Mantra offer other part of the rice grains to the fire after saying Prajapataye Svaha and complete the Mantra uttering Prajapataye Idam Na Mama.
  31. Concentrate on the fire till the offerings are fully burnt. This concludes the evening Agnihotra.

 

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