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Agni (Self-revealing Universal Consciousness)

Agni (Self-revealing Universal Consciousness)

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Published by Debkumar Lahiri
This article describes briefly the animation of Consciousness known as 'agni'; how agni is animated in us, active in us; the three principle aspects of 'agni' has been explained.

This is a revised and`expanded version of the article 'Agni' published earlier. This article also describes the 'agnihotra' as mentioned in Chandogya Upanishad. Agni is the Universal Consciousness in action and also known as praaNagni or the illuminated, burning Universal Life. The first hymn of Rik veda and some names of Agni have also been explained.

The description of agnihotra explains how we are nourished and nurtured along with the entire universe in our daily living.
This article describes briefly the animation of Consciousness known as 'agni'; how agni is animated in us, active in us; the three principle aspects of 'agni' has been explained.

This is a revised and`expanded version of the article 'Agni' published earlier. This article also describes the 'agnihotra' as mentioned in Chandogya Upanishad. Agni is the Universal Consciousness in action and also known as praaNagni or the illuminated, burning Universal Life. The first hymn of Rik veda and some names of Agni have also been explained.

The description of agnihotra explains how we are nourished and nurtured along with the entire universe in our daily living.

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 Agni
praaNaagni
(Self-revealing Universal Consciousness)
(This is an expanded version of the previous publication)
The words in italics are the Sanskrit words. These words can be read in the Sanskrit English dictionary by Sir Monier Williams, available in Internet at <http://www.sanskrit-lexicon.uni-koeln.de/monier/> The Sanskrit words in italics are in Itrans. {This is written from the teachings received from the seers Shri. Bijoykrishna Chattopadhaya (1875-1945), and his principle disciple Shri Tridibnath Bandopadhaya(1923-1994) ------(you may reply about this article to
) Debkumar Lahiri} The word ''Agni'' (
agni 
) in Sanskrit means fire or more precisely the life burning. You are alive means life is burning you. You are warm, dynamic, communicating. In fact the applications of this word in Vedas vividly express all the aspects of fire, light and electricity, communication and also kinetics. An Upanishad called "Prashnopanishad'' on
praaNa 
 has mentioned
praaNa 
 as praanagnayo (
praaNa 
 , the fires).
praaNa 
 means life or the Consciousness flowing as life in every one, flowing as activities in any thing.
praaNa 
, (also called
mukhya 
 
praaNa 
) is the Consciousness who is the origin of the creation and of all the activities in Creation. Agni, fire is self-expressing. He is self-illuminant. That is
praaNa,
 Consciousness expresses HIM/HER as creation by HIMSELF/HERSELF.
agni 
 also means agram (in the front) nayati (brings)--that is, who brings forth everything or forward everything--because
praaNa 
 is there beyond any expression, so
praaNa 
 is
 
agni 
. Everything you know is the expression of your consciousness, nothing is known or expressed without
praaNa 
,
agni 
, consciousness. When we say Soul or immutable Soul (
aatman) 
, there Consciousness, energy is at rest. Everything is in the ONE absolutely; everything is in an absolute Oneness there. When
aatman
becomes active, that active aspect is
praaNa 
. The differentiation or duality starts as
aatman 
 becomes
praaNa 
. What we feel as Time is the
praaNa 
. In us
praaNa 
 is life,
praaNa 
 is expressing HIM/HER as our activities and as activities HE/SHE is ruling over us. In the Vedas, in the rituals, wherever
agni
is mentioned,
agni 
 stands for
praaNa 
. It is for this reason we cremate a dead body, because we know that our origin and termination both are in
praaNa 
. Upanishads have cited that we have originated from
agni 
 and that we are annihilated in
agni 
. It is strange to note that the words ''animation'' and ''annihilation'' in English has the component ''an'' which is also the component ''an(a)'' of the word
praaNa 
(=pra +an(a)). pr =Principal, First; an(a)=animation.
praana 
,
agni 
 is one whose animation has made us animated. He is the ''first animation'', ''first expression'' of the
aatman 
- absolute ONE. The word "
pra 
" in Sanskrit conveys the meaning '
prathama 
' which means 'first'. The first mantra (
Rik 
) of Rik-veda says 'agnim iirey purohitam..... "we hail
agni 
, the
purohita
(priest)''. The word
purohita 
 (commonly meaning priest), means puro (in front) + hita (exists, placed).
agni
is there before any expression, any revelation, any creation, any activity. In the Chandyogya Upanishad, where the tale of Upokoshal (disciple of Sattyakama) has been narrated, three aspects of
agni 
 has been described:
gRihapati 
 
agni 
,
dakShiNaagni 
,
aahavanIya agni 
.
gRihapati 
=
gRiha
(House) +
 pati 
(lord).The word
gRiha 
 means the house or the body. It is related to the word
grahaNa 
 meaning the act of receiving. The body, mind, instincts all those which we have received are our identities by which we live.
gRihapati 
 is the
agni 
,
praaNa 
, Fire, who is dominating on this aspect of ours and running our daily show.
gRihapati 
 is also known as the Father, because from ''Father'' (plane of
 
ancestry) we owe our instincts. The Fire, the drive,
agni 
,
praaNa 
, who is beyond our dear life running through its routine course every day is
gRihapati
! We remain as seed in father. We get our separate, distinct entity after we enter into
mother’s domain. Each of us is made of instincts. These instincts are like seeds. These
instincts characterize us. In every birth, some of our instincts are activated and those make us in that birth. This activation of instincts happens by the Mother, but this state of remaining in seed forms is in
father’s domain. As per the activated instincts we are
formed, our characters are made and our households are run. This is
gRihapati 
 
agni 
 or Father. The next Fire,
agni 
 is
dakShiNaagni 
,=
dakShiNa 
 +
agni.
 
dakShiNa 
 means south(also right) and also connected with the word '
dakSha 
' meaning skilled.
 dakShiNa 
, south(right) is that direction or inclination of
praaNa 
,
agni 
, by which we extend or spread ourselves as activities, work, karma. This is the realm of work, rituals. Our build is by this aspect of
agni 
. We are transformed by work
.
dakShiNa 
 
agni 
 is responsible for our constitution, build, destination, destiny. Because of this some body likes sweet, some body dislikes. Our travel to the other world and back to this world and our events in this world as well as in the other worlds are all under the control of this
agni 
. This
agni 
 belongs to the Mother, because we get our build in Mother's domain. We start obtaining our features as we move into Mother's womb from the Father. So,
dakShiNaagni (dakShiNa 
 
agni)
also determines our assimilation. The way we assimilate is the way we feel and the way we get constituted. This is why this aspect of
agni 
 is also popularly known in Upanishads as ''anvahaaryapachanagni=
anu 
(accordingly, following) +
aaharya 
 (what is to be eaten)+
pachana 
(digestion)+
agni 
 
(what all to be digested follow this ‘agni’).
The third
 agni 
 is
aahavanIya agni 
.
aahavanIya 
 reveals as
gRihapati
and
dakShiNaagni 
 , as the Father and the Mother, and is at the root. Father means where all the features, specialties, remain as seeds, not active. By Mother, in Mother, the features get activated, degrees of activation is decided by Mother. Both are the aspects of the One Consciousness, One
praaNa 
, called
aahavanIya 
. The spread of the
agni 
, the
praaNa 
, the burning, revealing Life

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