A Bit About Yagya

Turning Interest Into Action

Yagyopathy is the process of healing of the entire ecosystem by the fire ritual form of Vedic Yagya. It establishes a fine balance amongst all the component of the ecosystem by purifying the air and water, improving the soil quality, enhancing the crop yield and their nutritive value and most importantly healing of all the inhabitants- human, animals and plants.

Through Yagyopathy healing is done by healing the atmosphere first and then the healed atmosphere heals the humans, the animals and the plants inhabiting in it. It sets all the elements of the ecosystem in perfect synchronization.

For this Yagya is performed  in the morning and evenings around sunrise and sunset daily using special havan samagri or  herbal preparations along with cows ghee.

 How to Perform Yagya

PROCEDURE

 

Yagya should ideally be performed daily at the sunrise/ sunset hours but if this schedule looks difficult to follow, one may also conduct yagya 2 hours after the sunrise/sunset too.

  • Sit down and keep the kund on a piece of stone or tile.

  • Put the ghee soaked cotton round wick inside the kund and arrange the samidha around it.

  • If no samidha is available, use Gas/ Electric stove. Put the Kund on the stove and switch on the stove.

  • Take Havishya in a plate and light the fir.

  • When the fire is lit, offer 5 Oblations of Havishya chanting the Gayatri mantra and 3 Oblations of Havishya chanting Mahamritunjay Mantra.

  • Then finish off with: Om Shantih Shantih Shantih (ऊँ शांति: शांति: शांति:) and feel  that peace is pouring down from top to bottom inside you

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Materials Used

YAGYA/ AGNIHOTRA

  1. Copper vessel in the shape of inverted pyramid –   Havan Kund

  2. Sacred Sticks- Samidhas

  • Most commonly Mango wood is used as Samidhas. Completely dried & clean mango wood without bark should be used; these should be cut into small sticks of varying lengths according to the size of the Agnikunda.

  •  In case of unavailability of Mango wood, small pieces of dried cow dung cakes  or thin slices of dried coconut slices   may also be used as samidhas.

3. Samigri/Havishya :  

  • Normal Haven Samigri available at any of Gayatri Parivar outlets or Arya Samaj Outlets is recommended to be used. Rice grains (unbroken), powdered jaggery (Gur) should also be mixed with Samagri (Samagri. Unbroken Rice grain & powdered gur is mixed in the ratio 10: 1:1)

  •  Clarified butter or Desi Ghee, preferably Cow Ghee. Should be mixed in the samagri as prepared in step above. (Mix 100 gms of Ghee with 1 KG Samigri). This is now ready to use & is called Havishya.

 
 
Detailed Vedic Yagya

A more detailed Vedic Yagya  can be  performed either individually or collectively sitting around Yagya Kund wherein fire is first lit and then oblations of Havishya, prepared as above, are put into the fire along with chanting of certain mantras. The procedure of doing this Yagya and Mantras are given in the book ‘Procedure of Gayatri Yagya’ by Pdt. Shriram Sharma Acharya . For the detailed procedure and Mantras please click on the link:

 

http://literature.awgp.org/englishbook/GayatriYagya/procedure_of_yagya.2

‘Dyaushch nah prithivi cha prachetasahrakshatam.

Ma durvidatra Nirritirn ishat.’                                               R.V. 10.36.2

It is said that the earth-atmospheric space should be kept free from pollution. It has been ordained that one should not carry out such activity which harms them.  It has been cautioned that the earth and the space around it are animate objects and are our saviours. If they are harmed (through pollution), then the conditions of problems and destruction will be formed.

Mantras 

Gayatri Mantra:

ओम भूर्भुवः॒ स्वः तत्स॑वि॒तुर्वरेण्यं॒  भर्गो॑ दे॒वस्य॑ धीमहि धियो॒ यो नः॑ प्रचो॒दया॑त् स्वाहा इदं गायत्रै  इदम ना मम

om bhūr bhuvaḥ svaḥ tát savitúr váreṇ(i)yaṃ

bhárgo devásya dhīmahi dhíyo yó naḥ pracodáyāt swaha

idam Gayatrai idam na mam


Meaning:  O! Universal Power please direct our minds to ultimate   good sense.

 

Three oblations with Mahamritunjay Mantra as under:

ऊँ त्रयमबकं  यजामहे सुगंधिं पुष्टिवर्धनं  उर्वारुकमिव बंधनान मृत्योर्मुक्षीय मामृतात् स्वाहा इदम महा मृतुंजयाय इदम न मम

Om trayambakam yajamahe sugandhim pushtivardhanam urvarukmiv bandhanan mrityormukshiy maamritaat

Meaning: O! Universal Power give us good health and long life.

 

ऊँ शांति: शांति: शांति:

Om Shantih Shantih Shantih

 

Meaning:  peace is coming into all the three worlds i.e. the physical, astral and causal World around you