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The Ritual Vedic Fire Ceremony – The Secret of the Agnihotra

Ritual fire ceremony, the mystic agnihotra

I owe my thanks to a dear friend of mine for making me stumble upon a wonderfully unique ancient ceremony – after so many years had passed since my last visit to India, in this new online space.

Life has its funny ways, I think. After travelling the whole Indian subcontinent I have not come across this more than 4 000-year-old tradition, which requires basically nothing but fire to be performed.

However, the tradition thrives in not one of the ashrams that have their revival among Westerners looking for peace and quietude and achieve this by getting away from civilization to one of the yoga and meditational centres – I wonder if it would not do plenty of good to most of mankind.

I personally would love to get away, but the problem is with returning back to normal. At least I think that is the hardest part after a pleasant and recharging period. Probably it is even harder than returning from a simple vacation.

But, to the short and long of it, I really have to share with you what this ceremony called agnihotra is all about. The Sanskrit word refers to a vedic fire ceremony that is frequently performed as part of the ayurvedic ritual.

The most mystical among the five elements, fire, gives us the positive, supporting energy in the holy hour, as is, twice a day, when the Sun rises and when it sets. This way the fire ceremony multiplies the beneficial effect of the fire energy.

The main reason for its popularity is the cleansing effect that we can use to purify our environment and ourselves from all kinds of negative and harmful energy in a field of 4 times 12 metres. The stress reducing, energizing and reviving effect of the ritual helps us get rid of harmful substances, thoughts and energies in and around us. Reciting short Sanskrit phrases and throwing brown rice or ghee into the fire helps to increase the effect.

Sanskrit, this ancient language is not like any other. It is not a mother tongue but a language with its own resonance level, the language of the Universe that uplifts the energy level of the speaker due to this unique resonance. The agnihotra ritual is something anyone can try without previous requirement, as thousands of people have already experienced its beneficial effect all over the world.

The secret of the agnihotra fire ritual:

You can already feel mental purification when stress evaporates, the general state of health starts to improve, our energy level rises and – it may sound unbelievable – it opens the heart and we feel more affectionate and loving.

It may be the perfect completion for a drug or alcohol withdrawal treatment or detox therapy. The further advantage is that the burn residue may serve as an ecological fertilizer for our garden and plants. It is common knowledge that fauna near agnihotra sites over perform compared to average fruit or vegetables in terms of quality.

The separate mantras for the two rituals at the different times of the day and their rhythm increase the power of the ceremony that can be further supported by burning in a triangular copper dish. The energy affiliation and multiplication properties of the pyramid shape are well known. It increases the power of the healing fire, the Homa, whereas copper, with its healing and cleansing properties induces this even further. Besides its antibacterial, antiviral and contamination fighting nature, copper, this healing metallic element renews brain cells, purifies the blood and revitalizes the skin.

This may sound unbelievable, but the residue, the entirely burnt ashes also have a healing power. By dissolving it in water and using internally it has helped thousands to get rid of ailments and illness.

I was looking forward to – after a month long of anticipation – to hold this promising small object in my hands. It is not more nor less than a holistic approach to life, which is the most ancient medicine that everyone should try by returning to the roots.

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