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HowtoperformAgnihotra

Agnihotra is a simple fire ritual mentioned in ancient Vdic scriptures which is performed to
reducepollutionandspirituallypurifytheatmosphere.Tolearnmoreaboutthebackgroundof
SSRFs spiritual research into Agnihotra please visit Spiritual research into the ritual
ofAgnihotra.
TableofContents
1.Summary
2.Agnihotramantras
2.1Atsunrise
2.2Atsunset
3.Lightingthefire
3.1ItemsrequiredforAgnihotra:
3.2Arrangingtheingredients
4.Makingtheoffering
4.1Agnihotrainthemorning
4.2EveningAgnihotra
5.Otherpreparations
6.StepsinperformingAgnihotra(slideshow)
7.Wheretoperformit
8.Whocanperformit
9.Developingasenseoftotalsurrender
10.DrawingbasedonsubtleknowledgeofDivinefrequenciesgeneratedwhileperformingAgnihotra

1.Summary
Atthepreciselocalsunriseandsunsettimings,twopinchesofuncookedricegrains,smeared
withafewdropsofcow`sgheeareofferedintothefire.Thefireispreparedinasemipyramidal
copperpot.Whileofferingthetwoportionstothefire,twosimpleVedicmantrasarechanted.

2.Agnihotramantras
The offerings of Agnihotra are to be offered to the fire along with chanting of the following
Sanskritmantras.
2.1Atsunrise
1.SuryayaSwahaSuryayaIdanNamama|
2.PrajapatayeSwahaPrajapatayeIdanNamama|
>ListentotheAgnihotramantrathatisrecitedatsunrise.
2.2Atsunset
1.AgnayeSwahaAgnayeIdanNamama|
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2.PrajapatayeSwahaPrajapatayeIdanNamama|
>ListentotheAgnihotramantrathatisrecitedatsunset.
Thechantingofthemantrashelps create and develop the spiritual emotion of total surrender
withinonesmind.Chantthemantrainsuchawaythatitssoundresonatesinthewholehome.
The pronunciation should be clear and rhythmic. The Names Surya, Agni and Prajapati in
themantrasaresynonymsfortheAlmighty.Thefeelingoftotalsurrenderisdevelopedthrough
theutteranceofthesemantras.

3.Lightingthefire
3.1ItemsrequiredforAgnihotra:
2pinchesuncookedunbrokenricegrains
Cowsghee(clarifiedbutter)
Semipyramidalcopperpotofafixedsizeandshape
Driedcowdung
Firesource(matches)
[Most of the ingredients can be purchased at online stores specialising in supplies
forAgnihotra.Thesecanbefoundacrosstheinternet.]
3.2Arrangingtheingredients
Check the local sunrise and sunset timings (they can also be obtained online
athttp://www.timeanddate.com/worldclock/sunrise.html).Then,about510minutesbeforethe
actualsunriseandsunsettime,arrangepiecesofdrycowdungcakesintheAgnihotrapotas
follows:
First,takeasmallsquarepieceofcowdungcakeandplaceitatthebottomofthepotjust
bigenoughtofitthebottomofthepot.
Placetwosmallpiecesatthefrontandbacksidesofthepot.
On top of the above two pieces, arrange two longer pieces vertically along the left and
rightsidesofthepotensuringthatthereissomespaceinbetween.
Arrange 1 or 2 more layers like this, with 2 pieces placed horizontally and the next 2
placedvertically.Likethisahollowspaceiscreatedinthecentreofthepot.

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Takeanotherpieceofcowdungandapplygheetoit.Lightthispieceoveralitgheelamp,and
put it in the centre of the arranged cow dung pieces in the pot. If needed, one can also use
myrrh, camphor or a cotton wick soaked in ghee. While lighting the fire, a few drops of ghee
canbeputoverthecowdung.Ifnecessary,ahandfancanbeusedtoignitethepieces.Never
blowonthefire.ThefireshouldbefullyablazeinthepotatthetimeforAgnihotra.
Taketwopinchesofclean,unbrokenricegrainssmearedwithadropofghee,onthepalmof
yourlefthandorinasmalldish.

4.Makingtheoffering
4.1Agnihotrainthemorning
Keep an eye on your watch and as soon as its needle touches the exact sunrise time,
startsayingthefirstmantraSuryayaSwaha.
Immediately upon saying Swaha, offer one part of the rice grains to the fire and upon
continuing the mantra complete the first line uttering Suryaya Idam Na mama. While
offeringthegrainswiththethumb,middlefingerandringfingerofyourrighthand(palm
facingupwards),placethelefthandonyourchest.
Uttering the second line of the mantra, offer the other part of the rice grains to the fire
aftersayingPrajapatayeSwahaandcompletethemantrautteringPrajapatayaIdamNa
mama.
Sit and concentrate on the fire until the offerings are fully burnt. The
morningAgnihotraconcludeshere.
4.2EveningAgnihotra
IntheeveningbeforetheAgnihotratime,removethemorningAgnihotraashfromthepot
verycarefullyandputitinacontainerspeciallykeptasideforit.
Repeatingthemorningprocess,prepareafreshfirefromthecowdungcakesinthepot.
Alsopreparetwoequalpartsofthegheesmearedricegrainsforthetwoofferings.
Exactlyatsunsettime,accompaniedbythechantingofsunsetAgnihotramantrasAgnaye
Swaha, offer the first part after saying Swaha and complete the mantra by saying
AgnayaIdamNamama.
Similarly,utteringthesecondlineofthemantraofferotherpartofthericegrainstothefire
aftersayingPrajapatayeSwahaandcompletethemantrautteringPrajapatayaIdamNa
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mama.
Concentrate on the fire till the offerings are fully burnt. This concludes the
eveningAgnihotra.

5.Otherpreparations
KeeptheAgnihotraplacecleanandtidy.
Inthemorning,itwillbeidealifonetakesabathbeforetheAgnihotratime.Intheevening,
iftakingabathisnotpossible,thenwashthehands,feetandmouthbeforeperforming
theAgnihotra.
Agnihotra ash can be stored in a separate container. It has medicinal properties
(Ref:www.homatherapy.de/linked/buch_eng.pdf) and can also be used as an effective
andveryusefulfertiliserforyourkitchengardenandagriculture.Donottreatthisashas
waste to throw in a dustbin. One can immerse Agnihotra ash in a lake, river or water
reservoir.Itcleansandpurifiesthewateratasubtlelevel.

6.StepsinperformingAgnihotra(slideshow)
BelowisaslideshowthatdepictsthestepsinperformingAgnihotra.

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7.Wheretoperformit
Agnihotracanbeperformedinanyroomorplaceinthehouse.Ifonehasanaltarorplacefor
meditation,etc.,thenitisexcellenttodoitthere.Itcanevenbeperformedonthebalconyor
terraceofyourhouse,orafarmorgardenadjoiningthehouse.

8.Whocanperformit
ThepracticeofAgnihotraissimple,easilyadoptableanduniversal.Itmaybeperformed
byanyone.Intheworld,manypeopleandfamiliesperformthissacrificialfireandderive
itsbenefits.Therearenobarrierslikereligion,sect,caste,creed,nationality,colour,sex
andage.Childrencanalsopracticeitundersupervision.Womenshouldavoidperforming
itduringtheirmenstrualperiods.
If Agnihotra is done as a preventive or active measure for protection against nuclear
radiation, then SSRF recommends that it is performed by a person of at least the
50%spirituallevel.[Formoreinformationontheimportanceofspirituallevelinincreasing
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theefficacyofAgnihotraforprotectionagainstnuclearradiation,pleaserefertoourarticle
onAgnihotraasprotectionagainstnuclearradiation]
WhileperformingAgnihotra,onlyonepersonshouldmaketheofferings.Othermembers
ofthefamilypresentatthetimeofAgnihotrawillderivetheresultantbenefits.

9.Developingasenseoftotalsurrender
While offering the rice grains with the right hand, the left hand should be placed on the
chestasthisinvokesthespiritualemotionofsurrender.
After making the offerings in the fire, sit quietly and try to concentrate your mind on the
Divineenergy.Atthistimetrytodiscardallthoughtsfromthemindandstrivetodevelop
thefeelingoftotalsurrender.
After Agnihotra, let the fire subside by itself. Do not try to extinguish it by any other
method.Itisbestifallcowdungpiecesburn.Howeveriftheydonotburnthentreatthem
asash(byimmersinginwater,etc.)andusefreshpiecesofcowdungnexttime.

10.DrawingbasedonsubtleknowledgeofDivinefrequenciesgeneratedwhile
performingAgnihotra
Clickheretounderstandaboutdrawingsbasedonsubtleknowledge.

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Explanation

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Creationofaringofspiritualemotion(bhv)

AttractionoftheSupremeGodPrinciple

2A

CreationofaringoftheSupremeGodPrinciple

AttractionofaflowofDivineconsciousness(Chaitanya)

3A

CreationofaringofDivineconsciousness

3B

EmissionofDivineconsciousnessintheformofAir

3C

EmissionofDivineconsciousnesstothepersonandcreationof
itsring

AttractionoftheSunPrincipleafteroblations(Ahuti)

4A

CreationofaringofSunpredominantPrinciple

AttractionofaflowofFirepredominantPrinciple

5A

CreationofaringofFirepredominantPrinciple

5B

EmissionofringsofFirepredominantPrinciple

Emissionofaflowofenergyfromthemantra(Mantrashakti)

SpreadingofDivineEnergy(Shakti)particles

EmissionoftheAbsoluteFirePrinciple(Tjtattva)

8A

CreationofaringoftheAbsoluteFirePrinciple

SpreadingofDivineEnergyparticlesintheformofDivine
consciousness

10

PurificationoftheKunalinchakras

11

Spreadingofvitalenergy(Prashakti)particles

11A

Obtainingvitalenergy

12

SpreadingofDivineEnergyparticles

13

Creationofaprotectivesheatharoundthebody

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