The Rigveda is the first of the Vedas to come into existence. In its first mantra, “agni mide purohitam”, Agni has been described as the first name of God. Everything which is worth attaining in human life can be achieved through the power of Agni. Fire is worshipped all over the world. The ancient Vedic seers named this practice yagya, agnihotra, homa or havan. The highest aim of havan is to offer sacrifice in gratitude to the Creator, the Guru and all the powers that sustain this Creation. Havan is worship of God in the form of fire.
Fire teaches and inspires us to imbibe its five idealistic qualities in our life. These five teachings are known as panch agni vidya.
- Fire is always hot and bright, inspiring us to lead bright, radiant, active lives full of wisdom and brilliance.
- The flame of fire always goes upwards, never downwards. May we also rise up and maintain the flame of wisdom, despite fear, sadness and temptations from our path.
- Anything that encounters, fire becomes fire. May we also have excellence in our character, so we that ignite and inspire all who we encounter.
- Fire accumulates nothing. Whatever is offered in the fire is vaporized into the atmosphere and becomes universal. May we also not accumulate possessions for selfish ends but generously utilize our resources and qualities for universal goodness.
- The residue of fire is ash. Ultimately our physical forms also become ash. Applying sacrificial ashes on the forehead, reminds us of the inevitability of death and inspires us to utilize each and every moment in the highest manner.
The book Leviticus from the Old Testament mentions very clearly, “And the Lord spake unto Moses, and the fire upon the altar shall be burning in it; it shall not be put out; and the priest shall burn wood on it every morning, and he shall burn thereon the fat of the peace offerings. Forever the fire shall burn on the altar and never it shall go out” – Leviticus 6-12,13.
The Rigveda states, “By meditating upon the Fire, one obtains Divine Wisdom.” This is universal.
Havan creates a spiritually charged atmosphere, which elevates the consciousness of all living beings as well as harmonizing the systems in nature. The sound-waves of the mantras are carried upwards in a spiral form by the force of the electrons generated by fumes of the fire. The chanted mantras in front of the flames, give rise to unique sound-waves which have infinite radiant effects in macro and microcosm. As above, so below.
Guru Maa recommends regular Havan to increase Shakti, which is the power needed for meditation. It is beneficial to meditate immediately after performing the Havan. “The power residing at the navel should be awakened. This immense power is lying dormant, and when we sit for meditation after doing Havan, that power will open and rise up to the third eye.
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