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in improving our comfort levels, stress and pollution have posed the major challenges for our well-being. The world is beginning to realize that the comforts provided to us by modern science and technology do not necessarily always make life happier. In fact apart from stress and tension, more and more unknown diseases, untold anxiety and fear are caused by the highly polluted environment and ecological imbalances. This has raised alarm bells for rethinking and changing the life style and mode of healthy management. Yajna appears to be a godsend gift of the ancient Indian sciences for achieving this purpose [1-3]. In this article, we highlight possible medicinal applications of yajna in terms of some recently reported research findings. Some Case Studies on Results of Research in Scientific Laboratories: The following sample of experiments and case studies were reported in . Some Physiological Studies: In his study Dr. Selvamurthy has observed neurophysiological effects of the mantras of a special kind of agnihotra (described in ), which is performed at the time of sunrise and sunset. In this experimental study eight healthy men were chosen as subjects. They reported on two consecutive days: First day was for control recording when rituals of agnihotra were performed but instead of the prescribed mantras, some irrelevant syllables were uttered at specific time periods. Next day the agnihotra was performed with proper mantras. Recording of physiological parameters viz. heartbeat rate, ECG lead-II, blood pressure etc were made on both days. The results showed that while the mind (brain waves) remained unaltered during the first day agnihotra, significant changes occurred after the proper agnihotra; these included – (a) G.S.R. remained significantly higher during the proper agnihotra; (b) ECG showed DC shift in the base line; (c) EEG showed alpha enhancement and delta suppression for more than 15 minutes. Diabetic Treatment: The urine sugar level of some acute diabetic patients was found to be totally absent and the level of blood sugar was reduced to normal just after two to three weeks of daily agnihotra. (A sample of these pathological reports is shown in ).
Relief from Drug Addictions: An officer of 25 years age who had been a poly drug abuser in the past was selected for the study by Lt. Col. G.R. Golecha, a senior advisor in the psychiatry division of the Indian army. The patient was at that time addicted to heroin for 2 years. He had underwent some de-addiction courses twice in the past with no benefit and had become de-motivated and resistant to such methods. He was then introduced to agnihotra. The practice of agnihotra resulted in improving his motivation to abstain from smack and showed significant decrease in his urge for it within a few weeks. Bhopal Gas Tragedy and Agnihotra: The tragic incident occurred on the night of December 3, 1984 when the poisonous MIC gas leaked from Union Carbide factory at Bhopal. Hundreds of people died and thousands were hospitalized but there were two families – those of Shri Sohan Lal S Khushwaha and Shri M.L. Rathore, living about one mile away from the plant who came out unscathed. These families were regularly performing agnihotra (havan). In these families nobody died, nobody was even hospitalized despite being present in the area worst affected by the leakage of the toxic gas. This observation implies that agnihotra is a proven antidote to pollution. (English Daily-"The Hindu’ of 4-5-85; news item under the heading ‘Vedic Way to Beat Pollution’.) The Yagyopathy Lab at Brahm- varchas:The Brahmvarchas Research Centre was established by Pandit Shriram Sharma Acharya in 1979. It is situated at the Saptsarover road about 6 kilometers from the Hardwar railway station in the direction of Rishikesh, in India. This centre is actively working for the integration of the modern and ancient sciences. Innovative scientific research work is being carried out here in the science of spirituality. Apart from a dedicated team of scientists, doctors and engineers and other scholars of high calibre and well equipped laboratories for relevant research in different scientific disciplines including neurology, biochemistry, haemetology, phytochemistry and sound therapy etc, other features of attraction here are collections of about 450 herbs which include some rare species of the Himalayan herbs and the yagyopathy lab. The Ayurvedic (herbal medicine) lab of this centre and its pharmaceutical unit have produced new herbal medicines that have shown superb healing results in some cases of nervous system disorders, asthma, heart diseases, diabetes, lung infections, a wide variety of skin diseases and the diseases of the eyes and ears. Tens of thousands of patients benefit every year from the free consultancy and pure herbal medicines available at no-profit prices
here. The yagyopathy lab studies the properties and effects of these herbs when sublimated in the fire of yajna. The yagyopathy laboratory has a havan kunda placed in a glass chamber and a gas analysis wing for the collection and analysis of the fumes and vapors of yajna. The efficacy of various herbal ingredients in the havishya and the quality of the samidhas are assessed in the phytochemistry lab, which is equipped with units like the gas-liquid chromatograph. The purpose is to analyze the raw content in the beginning and what is left after these substances have been fumigated [5, 6]. Blood samples are kept in the glass chamber when it is full of the fumes and vapors during the daily yajna (havan) and the changes in the blood biochemistry and haemetological parameters are recorded for these samples. A large number of experiments are carried out on random samples of healthy and diseased persons, living on the Shantikunj and Brahmvarchas campuses for prescribed periods. The subjects include the sadhakas as well as the non-sadhakas of all age groups (both men and women) from all walks of life irrespective of their social or religious background. During such experiments, the subjects are asked to sit in the glass chamber and inhale the fumes of yajna for specific periods of time. A thorough analysis of their bodies and minds is made before and after performing this experiment. The measurements (carried out by chromatographs, multi-channel physiographs, etc) of the above experiments include – haemetological parameters like Hb, TRBC, TWBC, Platelets, RBC fragility etc; biochemical changes like those in the levels of blood urea, sugar, cholesterol, cretinine, SGOT, SGPT etc; and the immunological changes like the antibody levels and innate immunity towards various pathogenic offending organisms. The EEG, EMG and ECG recordings are carried out in the neurophysiology labs. The psychometry lab assesses the aptitude, learning potential, memory, the intelligence quotient, emotional quotient and the overall personality makeup of the subjects. The cases are followed upon at regular intervals (e.g. after performing yajna regularly for a week, or a month etc.) These experiments may be extended, in collaboration with some neurochemists, to also record the levels of various hormones like cortisol, thyroxin, ACTH, androgens etc in the endocrinology lab.
The general conclusion of the results obtained so far is that performing yajna significantly enhances the vitality and resistance against adverse metero-biological changes and against the invasion of otherwise lethal viruses and bacteria. Mental peace, emotional stability and creative development of the mind are the general observations of the analysis on the psychological fronts. Potential of Yagyopathy in Curing Psychosomatic Diseases: In a physical laboratory it might not be possible to get and demonstrate the spiritual effects of yajna, but certainly the physical and mental effects of yajnas can be tested, and the claims to cure physical and mental diseases through yajna can be verified [1-3]. It is to be noted here that the traditional systems of treatment of physical diseases employ medicines, which are mostly administered orally. They therefore produce effects only after they have been digested and absorbed into the system. Major part of the medicine taken orally is not utilized by the digestive system. Oral medicines also upset digestion seriously. The same is more or less true of medicines directly injected into the blood. They produce quicker results, but their adverse side-effects are more pronounced. White corpuscles of the blood resent intrusion of any foreign bodies into the blood, and sometimes the reaction of the system to the sudden, massive and direct intrusion of foreign matter into the blood through injection is most serious, and even fatal. In a yajna, medicines and herbs are vaporized by offering them into the sacrificial fire, and they enter the human system in a gaseous form through the nose, lungs and the pores of the skin. This could prove to be the easiest, least taxing, least risky and most effective method of administering a medicine so as to reach every single cell of the body. The possibilities of curing mental diseases by yajna are even more encouraging. Diagnosis and treatment of mental diseases is still in its infancy in the modern systems of treatment. There are neither well-established diagnostic aids, nor any recognized system of treatment of diseases like Neurosis, Psychosis, Schizophrenia, Depression, Tension, Melancholia, Mania, Hysteria, etc. On the other hand, psychosomatic diseases are even more rampant than physical diseases and they break their victims even more acutely than the latter. Symptoms of psychosomatic diseases, except in extreme and advanced cases, are not so apparent, and that may explain why enough attention has not been paid to them. The stress and strain
of modern life, degradation of social norms and all-pervasive fall in moral values are contributing to an alarming increase in psychosomatic diseases. Yajna might offer a solution to this serious problem as well. The Brahmavarchas Research Centre, Shantikunj, Hardwar has taken up research on these aspects of yajna. Their initial results on several experimental groups (who performed yajna with specific herbs for a prescribed duration every day for about fifteen days to a month) of patients suffering from depression, anxiety, stress, etc have been very positive and promising as compared to the control groups (of patients who did not perform yajna). The experiments would be extended to thorough analysis of yajna-ash, which is said to contain certain ingredients that soothe, pacify and tranquilize the mind. The technique of yajna for the treatment of physical and mental diseases does not comprise mere vaporization of the medicines or herbs to be used, but various samidhas (special kind of wood pieces) are offered into the sacrificial fire of yajna to create the desired effects. Research on all these aspects of yajna is also being conducted in the laboratory of Brahmvarchas Research Centre. It might well lead to the development of a new scientifically established mode of alternative therapy – yagyopathy, like Allopathy, Homeopathy, Chromopathy, Naturopathy, etc. It would also offer a unique benefit of preventive cure and healthy development of body and mind together with spiritual elevation. The technical details and results of this experimental research will be published subsequently in the relevant scientific journals to give directions for therapeutic use of different herbal medicines by means of yajna and further research on herbal medicine and to establish firm ground for other scientific applications of yajna. Newer Directions: In the recent years, the established healing therapies have begun to recognize the role of psychology in prevention and cure of diseases of different kinds. As the atmosphere, praña and mind are interlinked; the individuals naturally experience relaxation, peace, quietening of the mind, loss of worries and stress in the yajna atmosphere [5-6]. The increase in the level of prana (vital energy) in the atmosphere when a yajna is performed – was also recorded with the help of Kirilian photographs of human hands before and after yajna in the experiments conducted by Dr. Matthias Ferbinger of Germany . The atmosphere surrounding the place where a yajna (or agnihotra) is being performed and the ash produced in the kunda are suffused with energetic currents and soothing and uplifting ambience.
Further scientific research and large scale experiments on the potentials of yagyopathy will help make it a distinct, alternative therapy of far-reaching benefits to humanity at large and open up newer directions for constructive integration of the modern and the ancient sciences.
Now scientists, medical professionals and psychologists are all veering towards a holistic health approach in thinking. The science of physics generally leads the way. However, the quantum leap taken by physics is not yet manifest in other sciences. A few years ago, when the physicist started talking about obsever-dependent universe, he took a big step backward several millenniums in fact, and there is no way left for him but to land in the gold mine of knowledge called Vedas, the ancient most body of knowledge known to mankind. HOMA Therapy comes from this source knowledge. HOMA is a Sanskrit word used here synonymously with YAJNYA. YAJNYA is the technical term from the Vedic science of bioenergy denoting the process of removing the toxic conditions of the atmosphere through the agency of fire. This means purifying of the atmosphere with fire as the medium. YOU HEAL THE ATMOSPHERE AND THE HEALED ATMOSPHERE HEALS YOU! This is the central idea in HOMA Therapy. The word therapy refers to healing. HOMA Therapy means healing by utilizing the healing effects of HOMA fire on the atmosphere. Fundacja Terapia Homa teaches these various simple methods for harmonizing the energy cycle of the planet. These Homa Therapy methods are easy to adopt and cost nearly nothing. They have yielded wonderful results wherever they have been practiced. Bioenergetic Homa Healing for all types of psycho-physical diseases are taking place worldwide where people practice these simple and powerful ayurvedic Homa techniques.
Even some so-called incurable diseases like HIV+, Cancer, Lupus, Parkinson, Diabetes, Schizophrenia, Epileptic seizures, Emphysema, Asthma, Addictions, Hypertension, Depression, Paralysis, Stroke, Tumors, some Congenital problems, Hyperactivity in children, and simple medical problems like Pains, Headaches, Gastritis, Rhinitis, Sinusitis, etc. were cured applying Homa Therapy. The basic bioenergetic process of Homa Therapy is called AGNIHOTRA and it is a small medicinal fire tuned to the biorhythm of sunrise and sunset.
Agnihotra is a healing fire from the ancient science of Ayurveda. It is a process of purifying the atmosphere through a specially prepared fire performed at sunrise and sunset daily. Anyone in any walk of life can do Agnihotra and heal the atmosphere in his/her own home. Hundreds of thousands of people all over the world have experienced that Agnihotra reduces stress, leads to greater clarity of thought, improves overall health, gives one increased energy, and makes the mind more full of love. • Read more Agnihotra is the Conjunction of Three Disciplines 1. Performance at the exact time of sunrise and sunset 2. Burning highly medicinal substances easily available (dried cow dung, ghee, that is, clarified butter from cow’s milk and a few grains of brown rice) in a copper pyramid of prescribed size
3. Chanting a short and simple mantra http://homahealth.com/content/healing-hiv
1) A 20 year old HIV positive patient after 60 days of HOMA THERAPY Treatment became HIV negative.
Dr. Montufar with his patient giving the testimony. These are copies of the documents provided by Jaime Montufar, Medical Doctor who is the Director of the HOMA MEDICAL CENTER THE GOOD SHEPARD in Guayaquil, Ecuador.
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Agnihotra and Microbes, A Laboratory Experience Dr. Arvind D. Mondkar M.Sc; Ph.D (Micro) Our way of life has intensified the quantum of pollution. No place can be called safe from pollution. What varies is the type of pollutant and the degree of pollution. Pollution is of various types such as gaseous pollution, water pollution, food pollution, radioactive pollution and so on. Of these types microbial pollution is the most important type of pollution for people in the medical or paramedical field. Microorganisms are ubiquitous in nature. There are mainly two types, namely non-pathogenic or saprophytic (harmless and not causing any disease) and pathogenic (disease producing). There are certain opportunistic pathogens which, given a chance, can produce disease in human beings. Thus the mere presence of these microorganisms in a definite strength in various media can produce contaminants. Microorganisms like Salmonellae, Shigellae or Vibrios contaminate water, eatables, milk and milk products. When the contaminated eatables are consumed the individual suffers from typhoid, bacillary dysentary or cholera. Similarly, organisms like Staphylococci cause food poisoning by increasing toxins in food. This microorganism also causes wound infections with pus formation. Streptococci infect the respiratory tract after inhalation of the droplet nuclei on which they are settled. Hospital infections by Staphylococci and Pseudomones are not uncommon. Recently, Pseudomonas aeruginosa has been reported to have entered the space age. This microorganism was isolated from the lining of the fuel
tank of a jet engine and was found to be responsible for the corrosion of the tank. It is stated that Agnihotra helps to undo the effects of pollution. In this respect it was decided to observe the last type of pollutant, i.e., microorganisms and the effect of Agnihotra on them. The present article restricts only to the effect of Agnihotra on microorganisms as observed in a microbiology laboratory. Agnihotra Effect on Bacterial Population A preliminary experiment was carried out to study the effect of Agnihotra on the bacterial population in a room where Agnihotra was performed. For this study, two rooms of equal dimensions (13¼’ x 8’ x 11’) were selected. In both rooms fire was prepared from dried cowdung cakes in copper pyramids and the basal reading of number of microorganisms in both the rooms was taken by exposing blood agar plates at four corners of the room for 10 minutes. This was done exactly half an hour before Agnihotra time. Agnihotra was performed exactly at sunset in one of the rooms. Bacterial counts were taken again in both the rooms in a similar manner at half hour intervals. Thus readings were taken in both the rooms up to two hours after performance of Agnihotra. It was quite interesting to note that microbial counts in the room where Agnihotra was performed were reduced by 91.4% whereas the room where only fire was generated did not show appreciable changes in the microbial counts. This leads one to think that it was the process of Agnihotra which was responsible for the reduction of bacterial counts and not the mere presence of fire. Two other similar experiments revealed similar findings. The phenomenon could be explained by giving two reasons: - Agnihotra fumes are rich in formaldehyde and other substances which have inhibitory effect on microorganisms.
- A phenomenon like smog formation and its diffusion in the upper strata might be a likely postulation. In the regions of North and South poles, many times, carbon particles accumulate to form a layer called “smog”. When fire is lit the hot currents push the smog into the upper strata and it is diffused in such a way that the carbon particles are no longer harmful in the residual concentration. In the present study perhaps Agnihotra fumes might have dissociated the microorganisms in such a way that the residual population was no more harmful and was well within tolerable limit to human beings. Agnihotra Effects on Bioenergetic Systems of Individual Microorganisms This kindled our interest and it was decided to study the effect of Agnihotra on the bioenergetic systems of individual microorganisms. A strain of Staphylococci pyogenes isolated from a pus sample was selected for the study. The strain showed all the characteristics of a pathogen. It was isolated from a lesion, produced beta haemolyses on blood agar, showed a positive coagulase test and fermented mannitol with the production of acid. The strain was innoculated on a pair of blood agar plates, one of which was kept away from the Agnihotra atmosphere (control plate). The other one was exposed to Agnihotra fumes for five minutes and was allowed to remain in that atmosphere till next Agnihotra was performed (approximately 12 hours). Agnihotra is to be performed on the biorhythm of sunrise/sunset. Surprisingly, it was observed that the plate exposed to Agnihotra (test plate) showed a tremendous reduction in the zone of haemolysis as against a wide zone of haemolysis in the control plate. Organisms from both the plates were then subjected to coagulase test. The organisms from the test plate showed a negative coagulase test demonstrating their inability to produce coagulase. Finally, the organisms from both the plates
were emulsified in one ml. of normal saline separately to give suspensions of equal strength. This was achieved by use of Brown’s opacity tube no. 3. The suspensions were then injected intradermally into the thighs of an albino mouse. The mouse was kept under observation for five days. It was very interesting to note that the suspension from the test plate failed to produce any lesion in the mouse wheras the suspension from the control plate produced typical abscess. These results suggest that Agnihotra played a pivotal role in controlling the metabolic activities of this microorganism. In this case, a pathogenic strain of Staphylococcus pyogenes showed characteristics of a nonpathogenic strain ofter exposure to Agnihotra atmosphere. This was just an observation and triggered quite a number of questions in the mind: - Is this effect phenotypic or genotypic? - Is it necessary to expose the strain for a prolonged time interval or will a short exposure cause a similar effect? - Will the progeny of these microorganisms behave in a similar manner? - Does the small or microdose of substances released from Agnihotra process boost the immunity mechanism of the patient to get rid of the infection or does the infecting agent lose its virulence? Perhaps both the effects go hand in hand. Answers to these questions are still beyond sight and show a need for further experimentation in this field. Therapeutic Effect of Agnihotra Ash An attempt was then made to study the therapeutic use of Agnihotra ash against scabies in rabbits. Rabbits are quite often infected with scabies— marked by snow white crust formations on their nose, ear margins and skin. The infection then becomes systemic and the animal dies. Normally this sort of scabies is cured by daily application of benzyl benzoate and salicylic acid for about 6 to 8 days, depending upon the severity of the infection.
In one study, Agnihotra ash was homogenized with an equal volume of cow’s ghee (clarified unsalted butter) and applied over the infected area above the nostrils of a rabbit. Agnihotra ash worked extremely well and the crust was detached on the third day of application—and that too with a single application. With benzyl benzoate and salicylic acid, it took five days for the crust to detach itself from the control rabbit. Another notable advantage of this was that the preparation was not irritating like benzyl bezoate or salicylic acid. The rabbits always lick that application because of irritation and the young ones die of poisoning. This risk could be avoided with Agnihotra ash. These results promise a solution to microbial pollution by the performance of Agnihotra and ingestion of Agnihotra ash medicines. (Reprinted from Satsang Vol. 9, No. 20, 3/4/82) Agnihotra Ash and Water Soluble Phosphates Dr. Tung Ming Lai, Denver, Colorado I did some lab testing on Agnihotra ash. The results are interesting. 0.10 g. of ash was shaken with 25 mi. of water for forty-eight hours and then the water soluble phosphate content was measured. The same amount of ash was shaken with two different soils (5 g.) from Colorado (also 25 mi. of water) and phosphate content was measured after forty-eight hours of being shaken. The results are as follows. (The values are the average values of duplicates.) SOIL USED ASH ADDED WATER SOLUBLE PHOSHATE EXTRACTED 0.68 mg. P/.02 g. ash 1.78 mg. P/.02 g. ash
NonNone Agnihotra ash Agnihotra None ash NonAgnihotra Weld loam ash (0.02 g. ash/g. soil)
4.2 mg. P/ g. soil
Red Feather loamy sand Red Feather loamy sand
Agnihotra ash (0.02 g. ash/g. soil) NonAgnihotra ash (0.02 g. ash/g. soil) Agnihotra ash (0.02 g. ash/g. soil)
17.2 mg. P/ g. soil
2.3 mg. P/ g. soil
11.5 mg. P/ g. soil
The non-Agnihotra ash was produced with the same ingredients in the same copper vessal as Agnihotra ash. The only difference was the non-Agnihotra ash was not produced at sunrise or sunset, and no mantras were chanted. (All growing plants need phosphorus; however, regardless of how much phosphorus is added to the soil, only the water soluble portion can be utilized by the plant. On an average, only about five percent of the phosphorus in conventional chemical fertilizers is water soluble.--Ed.) Agnihotra and Grapes Dr. B. G. Bhujbal, Research Officer Maharashtra State Grape Growers' Association, Poona, India (Satsang Vol. 8, No. 17, 1981) Grapes are a difficult crop to grow under Maharashtra's climatic conditions and also equally difficult to study. I have been associated with research work on grapes while studying for my M.Sc. degree at the University of Poona, India since 1967. Various problems faced by the workers since then were finally put before the research workers at the Agricultural College, Poona. Hybridization work with grapes had already commenced before my association with this work. I have been observing the results of that work. It was reported that the germination of hybrid grape seeds had been very late and low. When I conducted hundreds of crosses at the Ganeshkhind Fruit Experimental Station, Poona-7 and sowed the seeds after treatment by advanced techniques which included hormones, scarification, stratification etc., the results were discouraging. The germination percentage was very low, i.e. below 20 % and some of the seeds even took 300 days for germination. Meanwhile I came to learn of Agnihotra and Homa Therapy farming and thought why not have a trial of this therapy in grape research. There was a solar eclipse on 16th of February 1980. I had also read previously that the no-moon day was the best day for seed treatment and sowing. With this background and not to miss the opportunity I coIlected seeds of the Anab-eshahi, Pandhari Sahebi and Kali Sahebi varieties, local vinifera varieties, as well as some crossed seeds which were collected using the Thompson
seedless variety as a male parent to make the cross. In order to conduct the experiment properly, I applied for leave on 20th of February 1980 in time for the treatment to commence on 16th of February, 1980. Some unrooted cuttings of local grape varieties were also collected for additional treatments. Experimental Plot All the seeds and the unrooted cuttings were kept in an environment open to Agnihotra fumes. As far as mantras were concerned, I began with the "Tryambakam" Mantra and Homa continued for 2 hours, after which the samples were treated with Agnihotra ash and then put into pots ready for planting. An untreated lot of samples served as a control. Observations It was indeed a surprise not only to me and my wife but also to friends who had been laughing at my expenments to observe the first seedlings sprouting on the 21st day of sowing. Some of the recorded observations are given in a table below. The second experiment concerned making raisins. At present, raisin-making is not carried out in Maharashtra except on an experimental basis using the dehydration and sun-drying methods. I collected a few bunches of grapes from growers and hung them in the environment where I was performing Agnihotra. Similar clusters were kept with the growers for making raisins using their own method of sun-drying. After 21 days the drying was almost complete, and after 35 days I collected the clusters and tested them. The raisins were very good in appearance and taste. Special interest rallied around the evidence that the raisins prepared from the Anabe-shahi variety and having low TSS contact were also good. Equally good results were obtained by the Thompson seedless variecy growing in the Agnihotra environment as compared to those varieties generally available in the market. Another experiment was performed in a grower's field. Mr. Pundlik Khode, a small farmer from the village of Pimpalgaon-Baswant, Nasik District had been much worried about his crop and was doubtful regarding repayment of his bank loan obtained for the vineyard. Agnihotra was done regularly and Agnihotra ash was applied to his vines. The observations which were recorded at harvest time proved very good. The grower, Mr. Khode, had never believed in such a possibility until he saw the actual results. The individual berry as well as the cluster was superior in colour, taste, sweetness and weight. About 150 observers said that the crop was the best in that locality. EFFECTS Seed germination REGULAR FERTIZING PRACTICE More than 6 months required for germination ONLY AGNIHOTRA 21 to 28 days required REGULAR PRACTICE AND AGNIHOTRA ***
Rooting of cutting Bunch development Disease Colour Quality Loss of harvest
80 % rooting Av. bunch wt. 0.45 Kg. More disease Green yellow TSS 22 % About 30 % loss
100 % rooting Av. bunch wt. 0.45 Kg. No disease Golden yellow TSS 24 % No loss
100 % rooting Av. bunch wt. 0.525 Kg. Less disease Pale yellow TSS 23 % 10 % loss
Effect of Agnihotra on Grapes The above experiment was conducted in the vineyard of Mr. Pundlik Khode on Thompson seedless grapes at Pimpalgaon Baswant, Nasik, during the year 1979-80. 1. Agnihotra was performed by Dr. B. G, Bhujbal, Asst. Horticulturist, M, Phule Agricultural University. 2. Other Homas were performed by Mr. Ranade, Manager, State Bank of India. 3. Regular operations were carried out by Mr. Pundlik Khode, owner of the vineyard. Mr. Khode was very happy with the Agnihotra results. Agnihotra was also performed for raisin-making. This was done in March 1980. Clusters were hung from the roof, and under the clusters Agnihotra was performed regularly, twice daily. In 21 days the grapes dried under room conditions and the quality of the grape raisins was excellent. The variety used was Thompson seedless. Agricultural Experience with Vanilla Plants Abhay Mutalikdesai, Karnatak, India Nature is a silent performer and I was anxious to see her work. Since hundreds of farmers are closely observing our Homa Therapy work at Sutagatti, I was slightly under tension. Our faith and devotion has started working in this after three months of regular Homa. The single infected banana plant has gotten the first healthy leaf. The shoot appears disease-free. I will soon send the earlier and later photograph. I am also very happy to inform that the first vanilla produce for the year 1999-2000 is of excellent quality. The vanilla bean curing process (three months) was started along with Homa Therapy. The cured vanilla beans were tested at Spice Board testing laboratory in Cochin. The following are the results: Year 1998 Place Vanillin% by weight 2.56 2.71
ernanakulam (kerala) 1999 myladumpara
(kerala) sutagatti (karnatak)
The above results have given immense joy to all of us, including our fellow organic farmers who had participated in our Homa Therapy. Now a person with deep knowledge about farm seeds has approached us. He is ready to offer voluntary services in developing a seed bank, seed plots and demonstration plots for fellow farmers in our area. In this month we had three heavy rains at Sutagatti. First occasion was when I was performing Om Tryambakam Homa. The other two rains came during evening Agnihotra. However, the first occasion was special. It rained only over Parashanatti and Sutagatti. This rain was very essential to us because the electricity transmission transformer was burnt and we had no power for fifteen days. Our mud barrage built across River Ghataprabha remains now full; otherwise, it dried up by middle of May. Availability of abundant water for farming during summer has happened, after many, many years. My workers, their children and neighbors are very much influenced by Homa Therapy. Two of my workers who were alcoholic and non-vegetarians have stopped consuming since last two months. One of them is doing regular Om Tryambakam Homa and Agnihotra during our absence. All these positive things are due to Yajnya. Abhay Mutalikdesai Karnatak, India Questions or comments may be directed to: Fivefold Path Inc. 278 N. White Oak Drive, Madison, Virginia 22727 USA E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org 540-948-5463
To prepare Agnihotra medicines, first perform Agnihotra regularly using the disciplines mentioned in the book Light Towards Divine Path by Vasant V. Paranjpe. This is to be done to ensure the unique potency which lies within the ashes of the Agnihotra fire. This ash is the basic substance necessary for preparation of all Agnihotra medicines. The ashes of Agnihotra fire have the pharmaceutical name "Agnihotra Usta" (Latin: usta - burnt). To use Agnihotra Usta pharmaceutically, powder the ash and then sift it through a fine mesh. The result is Agnihotra powder. These medicines are not sold. You should consult a medical professional regarding their use, although in various countries people use them as part of folk medicine. Agnihotra Powder Use externally for the skin or internally together with water or honey (2-3 times a day, half a teaspoonful at a time). Agnihotra Capsules Fill capsules with Agnihotra powder. This is more convenient for travel. Take 2-3 capsules each day. Agnihotra Ointment Combine ghee (clarified butter) with Agnihotra ashes. Ghee has special transport qualities to take the medicine to the exact location of the disease. Mix one part Agnihotra powder with nine parts per weight ghee in a suitable pot for preparing ointment. Use externally for burns, dry skin diseases, etc. and internally for heart patients. Agnihotra Cream Combine one part ghee with three parts pure spring or well water by volume and knead together by palm in a vessel of pure copper. Pour out excess water not absorbed by the ghee and add three parts new water again to the ghee. Repeat the same process 15 times. Then, combine one part Agnihotra powder to nine parts of water-ghee mixture in a pot suitable for making ointments to produce Agnihotra Cream. It may be applied internally or externally. Agnihotra Eyedrops Mix one part Agnihotra powder with ten parts highly distilled water in a pot and heat the mixture. Keep the heated mixture for half an hour in boiling water, stirring occasionally. Afterwards pass the mixture through filter paper. The patient may put one drop into each corner of the eye and one drop is rubbed into the skin beneath the eye.
Agnihotra Suppositories Combine seventeen parts Agnihotra powder with ninety-five parts ghee. Heat the mixture until well blended and pour into molds. Solidify in the refrigerator. Agnihotra Inhalation Mix one teaspoonful Agnihotra Usta in a cup of boiling water. The patient is to keep his head straight above the pot with the hot mixture and inhale vapor deeply. To concentrate the steam, the patient should put a thick towel over the head so that the towel completely covers the pot. Agnihotra Ash Applications The following is taken from Pharmaceutical Study Centre Report #3 prepared in Germany by Monika and Berthold Jehle regarding Agnihotra and Agnihotra ashes. (translated from German). The patients sat in Agnihotra Atmosphere and used Agnihotra ash medicines and achieved the following results: Frontal Sinusitis Performance of regular Agnihotra. Headaches disappeared, pus loosened within 3-4 days. Skin Fungus Agnihotra ash powder applied several times daily. Complete healing. Non-Healing Wound External application of Agnihotra powder. Within 3 days complete healing. Skin Inflammation of Babies Agnihotra ash powder 4 times each day. Within 2 days complete healing of the inflammation. Swelling of the Ankle Rubbing with Agnihotra ashes. Swelling disappeared in half a day. Herpes Agnihotra ointment applied. Within 14 days nearly complete healing. Whitlow Agnihotra ash powder applied on the skin. Within 3-4 days complete healing; patient had nearly no pains.
Hay Fever with Extremely Watery Eyes Agnihotra ash powder was applied to the corners of the eyes. The irritation of the eyes was cured within half a day; further eyedrops were not necessary. Age-Worn Eyes Agnihotra eyedrops into both corners of the eyes and one drop rubbed in underneath the eyelid. Ability to see better after only 1 day. Severe Nasal Congestion Agnihotra ointment was rubbed in daily and nightly on chest and back. Congestion loosened quickly and was cured after 1 week. Mucous in the Nose (1) Agnihotra smoke inhaled. Within half a day cured. Mucus in the Nose (2) Agnihotra ointment given into the nose. After 2 days cured. Cold with Sore Throat Agnihotra ash powder taken with honey into bronchial area. Throat pains were cured very quickly. Ringworm Agnihotra powder together with vaginal bowls. Cured within 2 days. Severe Muscle Pains 1-2 times daily Agnihotra ashes taken internally. Within 2 days pains disappeared. Diarrhoea Internal application of Agnihotra ashes only 1 time. Stool went back to normal. Rectal Cancer 3 times daily 1 teaspoon Agnihotra ash powder and 2 times daily Agnihotra suppositories. Substantial healing; no or nearly no blood in stool. Enlargement of the Tonsils Half a teaspoon Agnihotra ash powder internally taken twice a day. Tonsils go back to normal and secrete poisons but without fever, etc. Extreme Menstrual Bleeding
2-3 times daily Agnihotra ash powder taken together with honey internally. Within 8 weeks bleeding went back to normal; migraine headaches and extreme pain disappeared. Kidney Pains 2-3 times daily a pinch of Agnihotra ash powder taken internally. After 1 week all pains disappeared. Gastritis 3 times Agnihotra ash powder taken internally. Healing, after poisons were secreted through mucous membrane. Migraine 2 times daily a pinch of Agnihotra ash powder taken internally. The period between two migraines became longer and longer; steady tiredness was cured. Pressure in the Throat Caused by Nerves 3 times daily 1 pinch of Agnihotra ash powder taken internally. Within 4 weeks no more pressure; all drugs were eliminated. Difficult Child In the evening one pinch of Agnihotra ash powder taken internally. Friendly child without aggressions. Daily performance of Agnihotra in the home helped much.
ALCOHOL ADDICTION (Again a study was conducted by Lt. Col. G. R. Golechha at military Hospital, Kirkee. His paper titled 'AGNIHOTRA - IN THE TREATMENT OF ALCOHOLISM' was presented by him at the 41st Annual Conference of Indian Psychiatric Association held at Cuttack in January, 1989). Brief Extract: 'Agnihotra is a Vedic ritual of litting fire in a copper pyramid pot with use of mantra at sunrise and sunset time. It is found to have neurophysiological effect on human body and brain. Computerised EEG studies has shown delta wave suppression and alpha wave activation in frontal leads during Agnihotra. Clinically it produces mental tranquility and reported to have useful adjunct effect on deaddiction. In our present study effect of agnihotra was studied on 18 cases of Alcoholism. It is found that it leads to total abstinace without other restrain after two weeks of continuous Agnihotra practice. An obsessive compliance to perform Agnihotra develops. After discontiuing its effects last for another few weeks … On stopping Agnihotra replapses may develop after 2 weeks onward in small percentage of cases. Nevertheless, it appears to be an useful adjunct in treatment of alcoholism, if performed regularly.'