Agnihotra is the science of infusing nutritional and medicinal ingredients into the atmosphere through the agency of the Fire element to create an environment conducive to healing and well-being. Shree revived the practice of Agnihotra from Shivpuri. Agnihotra is an easy-to-learn type of Fire Meditation that can be performed in our homes.
Yajna originates from the Sanskrit root ‘Yaj’, meaning- to offer. Yajna is the first tenet of the teachings of Shree. Yajna is the science of healing through fire. Yajnas have been used since ancient times to heal the Prana, the human mind and awaken the radiant soul within. However, in later years the purity of this science got blemished with a lot of misinterpretations and superstitions. Shree re-introduced the society to Yajnya in its purest and truest form with the first non-violent Maha Somayajnya in 1969. Shree stressed that Yajnya’s were meant for healing and not for increasing negativity by killing innocent animals. The medicinal and nutritional energies emanating from the Yajnya heal everything that it touches. To get this same healing energy in our daily lives, Shree revived the ancient practice of Agnihotra.
Medicinal Yajnyas or Bhaisaja Yajnya have been widely discussed in the ancient literature as they helped in treating diseases, which find extensive reference in Ayurvedic texts like Charaka Samhita as the concept of Devavyapashraya Chikitsa (Healing without internal medicines). It has also been hailed as a first choice of therapy for many disorders by Ayurveda where the medicinal herbs are offered into the fire with rhythmic chanting of healing Mantras. The medicinal active ingredient in the herbs is transformed from a complex state to a simpler molecular state due to combustion, making it easy to be absorbed into the body. In many temples across India, it is a common practice to use the smoke of Dashanga Dhoop or a mixture of medicinal and aromatic powders for cleansing and creating and healing environment. A similar practice has also been witnessed in many cultures around the world. The medicinal effects of various herbs used in the Yajnya are known worldwide. Also, the benefits of the sound vibrations emanating from the chanting of the mantras on body and mind have been documented.
What Are The Benefits of Agnihotra:
- Prana-Life Energy gets contaminated due to the life processes of all the species and also due to natural global energy shifts. When the contaminated Prana enters the human body through air, food or water it leads to changes in the metabolic processes, impacts the mind and leads to a breakdown in psychosomatic health. This causes an increase in negativity- Tama Guna and reduces positivity- Sattva Guna in the mind, causing emotional distress and physical illnesses.
- Agnihotra cleanses the Prana, removes the negativity and increases positivity and Sattva. You will experience that when the Prana heals and soothes the mind it will enhance its capacities that lead to Saumanasya – i.e. tranquility of the mind and physical well-being. When you practice Agnihotra you’ll notice that the effect extends even to the plant and animal life around.
- The benefits of Agnihotra are confirmed by scientific evidence in our ancient scriptures as well as by researchers and scientists worldwide. In a research study, it was found that for people living in a place where the healing cycle of Agnihotra was followed, their general health was better than those who lived in places where such healing cycles were absent. People living in the vicinity of where Agnihotra is performed have been seen to suffer less from problems like hypertension, high pulse rate, sugar levels, temperature, etc. Yajna, or Agnihotra performed or taught at the Vishwa Foundation is in its purest form; based on the philosophy & the teachings of the Guru tradition through Paramsadguru Shree Gajanan Maharaj of Shivpuri, Akkalkot referred to as Shree.
- It has proved to be so beneficial for people, that they practice it independently of other practices and are reaping great rewards from it. Anybody can learn Agnihotra and there are no restrictions whatsoever. To get the healing effects and be in touch with universal energies on a day-to-day basis for one’s family and home, Shree revived the ancient practice of Agnihotra. Through this practice, individual families can perform Agnihotra in their homes and lead a more fulfilling, healthy and spiritually inclined life.