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  •  Introduction

  • What does Yagya mean?

  • Yagna has three characteristics

  • Who Performs Yagna?

  • Where is a yagna staged?

  • How Is A Yagna Performed - Invoking The Deities (Devatas Or Devis)?

  • Principle Of Yagna-Give and Receive

  • Types of Yajna

A. Everyday yajnas

B. Mythological(Ancient) Yagnas

  • Yajna & Environment - Effects and Benefits:

  • Miscellaneous Effects

  • Yajna – Total control of own-self:

  • Jnana (Gyan) yagna :

  • Panch Maha-Yagnas

  • Yagna is God

  • Rules To Be Followed In a Yagya

What does Yagya mean?

Yajna, yagna, or Yagya (Sanksrit: यज्ञ, "worship, prayer; offering, oblation; fire ceremony") comes from the root ‘yaj’- "to worship".

It is a Hindu Vedic ritual that has been performed since ancient times in which Agni Deva, the fire god, acts as a medium between celestial(gods) and human consciousness.

The first word in the Rig Veda is “Agni,” the cosmic fire of the universe.  

  •    Yajna unites oneself with infinity.

  •    It is performed in front of a fire along with chanting of Vedic mantras.

  •    Agni is the protector of humanity.

  •    This pure fire shields us from all evils.

  •   The fire makes Yagna a pious ritual.

  •   The yajna is the means of worshiping the Brahman or one's Inner self’.

Based on the Vedas, there are over 1000 types of Yagnas that all serve different purposes. In the Bhagavad Gita, Lord Krishna mentioned different types of yajna in the 4th chapter:

  1. Dravya yajna

  2. Yoga-yajna

  3. Tapo-yajna

  4. Jnana-yajna

The sages have called Yagna the basis of the creation of this world by saying

 "Ayam Yajno Vishwasya Bhuvanasya Nabhi:" (Atharva: 9. 15 14).
"अयं यज्ञो विश्वस्य भुवनस्य नाभि: " (अथर्व:९.१५.१४ ))


यज्ञ-परिचय - Yajna Parichaya (An Old Book)

Yagna has three characteristics

A yagna is also known and called a Homa or Havana(हवन). The importance of Havana is stated in approximately 114 Mantras in the Sama Veda. According to Yajurveda, Havana is the most effective, appropriate, and beneficial deed. In Hinduism, any big Puja is incomplete without Havan. A Havan can achieve a level of sacredness and purity that no other ritual can. According to the Vedas, the only ways to achieve Moksha (salvation) or Self-realization are by Yajna or Yagna and the Gayatri Mantra. There are several mantras linked to Yajna in each of the four Vedas. According to the Yajur Veda mantra –

“Yajudevapujasangatikaranadaaneyshu,” the word “Yaj” / Yagna has three aspects

  1. Deva Puja : worshiping and honoring the Divine in all forms.

  2. Sangatikarana : which means unity, taking everyone along with. 

  3. Daan ‘charity’ : giving, sharing, gifting what one has been blessed with. It is a yajna that purifies our life, our mind, and our actions.

The purpose of a Yagna ritual has been to bring ancient yogis into direct contact with the source of the universe by connecting them with the elements – the underlying forces of its creation.


ऋग्वेद, यजुर्वेद, सामवेद और अथर्ववेद: Rig Veda, Yajur Veda, Sama Veda and Atharva Veda (Set of 4 Vedas)

Who Performs Yagna

Yagna is performed to invoke the gods for their blessings and favors. They are performed by four (4) types of Vedic priests namely:

I. Adhvaryu - According to Rig Veda, the Adhvaryu is delegated with the task to make sure that all the physical needs of Yagna are met, such as building the altar;

II. Hotra - hotra recites invocations;

III. Udgatra - udgatra chants the yagna verses or mantras while focusing on the vital breath and

IV. Brahman - Brahman, who is considered the chief priest, overlooks the entire process and takes a lead on the ritual, ponders upon the moon god.

In a Yagna, the holy fire or Agni burns bright in an Agni Kund. 

It has been believed for centuries that the prayers and offerings made in a Yagna, reach God directly and become a medium of attaining eternal blessings.

The mouth of fire is the mouth of God. Whatever is fed in it, is a Brahmbhoja in the true sense. 

Where is a yagna staged?

  • Yagnas are performed at a yagyasala. The setup of the Yagnashala itself is highly advanced technology.

  • The four entrances of a yagasala represent the four Vedas.

  • The "holy fire"(pavitra Agni), is created in the Havan Kund / vedi.

  • The Havan Kund works on a simple scientific principle that geometry (shape, direction, size, location) influences the flow of energy.

  • The most fascinating aspect of Havan Kunds is their different properties in diverse contexts. According to the Scriptures, It serves as a source of vital and extremely strong energy fields, which are ultimately dispersed across the ecosystem.

  • This is the same principle on which Vaastu Shastra is based. So the shape of the Yagna Vedi varies with the type of energy to be invoked. For instance

  • Yoni kund for childbirth

  • Triangular (Trikon) Kund for victory over enemies

  • Octagon (eight-angled) Kund for health

  • Circular (Vrut) Kund for public welfare

  • Rectangular or Square (Chaturastra) for obtaining Siddhis

  • Lotus (Padma) Kund- for wealth

  • Hexagonal (six-angled) kund- for bestowing blessings for long life, etc.


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How Is A Yagna Performed - Invoking The Deities (Devatas Or Devis)?

"यज्ञोअयं सर्वकामधुक” "Yagnoayam Sarvakamdhuk"- Yagya is the best scientific method of living life.

A Yagna is comprised of two parts – i) A Sacrifice or an Offering and ii) an Expectancy in return.

According to the Yajurveda, a special mixture of four types of items commonly used to prepare offerings for a Havan are:

  • Sweets such as honey, jaggery, and raw sugar

    • Antibiotics, medicinal herbs such as gyol, and others

    • Nutrients such as milk-ghee( clarified butter), dried fruits, and

    • Fragrance such as cardamom, dried petals, and herbs, to name a few.

  • After appeasing all the concerned Gods with prayers and flowers, a fire is lit in a Havan pot/Kund. 

  • The Priest then offers an oblation, "Ahuti” into the Kund fire reciting the Vedic verses or mantras. 

  • Yajna consists of building an altar and kindling fire using ‘samidhas’ woods of trees of special qualities. 

  • pouring into it oblations such as Goghrit (clarified butter), cereals, barley, sesame seeds, sugar, camphor, guggul, cedar, sandal, coconut, jaggery, etc. There is a science to all this.

   o Q: If there is no 'milk-ghee', then what to do?

   o A: Do it with paddy or barley/ other herbal medicines/ janglee (bushy) cereals/ flora (vegetational) / water.

  • The Sanskrit mantras create sound vibrations when chanted, and are believed to possess special energy that penetrates on a cosmic level.

  • A survey suggested that mantras recited during Yagnas can produce up to 11,000 sound waves per second. 

  • Special homas (Havanas) is performed on days of Ekadashi, Purnima, or important occasions such as one’s birthday, anniversary, etc. 

  • One can also perform homas for the fulfillment of an important task or ‘Sankalpa’( resolution).

  • The scholars and sages-scientists of ancient days advanced the Yagyas. By offering the right substances in the fire with the resolutions, they started getting the desired results. There are many examples of manifesting the gods, demons, etc. beings, chariots, aircraft, many types of medicines, and desired things, which are described in the Puranas and Shastras.

The author of the Yagna is called a Yajamana. He initiated a Yagna, wishing for – a cultured son to continue his lineage, or wealth for his treasury, or rains for his nation, or victory in a war, and so forth. To accomplish his desire, he has been willing to make an offering (donations of cows, wealth, grains, etc.), represented by ‘Svaha’ – This of me, I offer to you. The implementer of his desires has been a ‘Devata’ or a Deity – an Energy Form. The Devata then furnished the desire saying ‘Tathastu’ – So be it!

  • This process of invoking the Devata has been highly technical and required an expert who knew its technology. Ancient Indian Rishis, the experts, were great scientists too, who knew the technique behind invoking different energy bodies (Devatas) representing different material desires. • A question arises here: did Devatas ever exist? Are these so-called energy forms, or just illusions of mythology? • Let us understand this concerning an eminent scientist, Albert Einstein’s theory: E = mc². Einstein states that: o Energy

  • A question arises here: did Devatas ever exist? Are these so-called energy forms, or just illusions of mythology?

  • Let us understand this concerning an eminent scientist, Albert Einstein’s theory: E = mc². Einstein states that:

    • Energy and mass (matter) are interchangeable; 

    • They are different forms of the same thing. 

    • The matter is nothing but energy.

    • Different types of matter vibrate with different energy levels.

  • Now, judge this with what the Sankhya Yoga under Gita says:

    • Consciousness (Purusha or Shiva) manifests as Energy (Prakriti or Shakti).

    • Energy manifests as various forms of matter – from the very subtle (Shoonya) to the subtle (Sukshma), to the gross forms of matter (Sthula).

    • Through a set of processes, it is possible to change matter into energy, or energy into matter, tap into higher or lower energy levels and change the forms of matter.

  • So, it is possible to invoke an energy form that will bring

    • Rain to land on tapping particular frequencies.

    • a male child in a barren womb at those particular frequencies. This Yagna has been known as ‘Putra-kameshthi Yagna’.

    • wealth at a different frequency. This Yagna has been known as ‘The Kubera Yagna’.

  • In essence, all our gods –Varuna, Agni, Vayu, or a vanaspati god, or Lord Ganesha or Maa Lakshmi, or Devi Saraswati, or any of the 33 million gods and goddesses in the Hindu Dharma, may just have been various energy forms corresponding to various frequencies on the material physical aspect.

The second aspect of invoking the Devata is the use of Mantras. A Mantra when uttered aloud, repeatedly, creates a particular energy field. The most powerful Mantra in the universe is– OM, also pronounced as AUM. There are Mantras for various material and spiritual aspirations – for health, wealth, relations, mental peace, spiritual growth, and so forth.


Om- The Symbol of God (Om Japa is the Means to God Realisation)

Principle Of Yagna-Give and Receive :

Yajna is when you are sharing yourself with all the people. Even singing, listening, and dancing in the group, are yajnas.

  • The sounds are entering your ears, the mind is immersed in the sound and you slip into a sort of meditation – that is a yajna.

  • Pranayam - breathe in and breathe out is yajna. Air goes in and purifies the whole body.

  • Fire, air, and water- all purify – so should our actions. The actions like meditation, and service projects – all purify our spirit. 

  • Similarly, Some people purify themselves by fasting- fasting is also a yajna.

  • Remaining in Silence (maun vrat) is a Yajna.

Science of giving- giving everything that may help others and make this society, country, and even the planet a better place.

  • An individual’s life starting from his birth to death- we will find a trend of giving and taking.

  • It is the duty of every householder who is blessed with material wealth and is capable of looking after society, thinking beyond his family members, and working for society.

  • The child who has been looked after by parents and taught by society in childhood is supposed to return the favor by helping people and contributing to society in his full capacity.

  • This is the beauty of Yagna where your actions should be initiated without any attachment toward selfish motives. The more you contribute, the greater the harmony and the more efficient the cosmic system.

Another aspect of the science of Yagna is the use of Fire – Agni. Fire is one of the five primitive elements – Prithvi (Earth), Apah (Water), Agni (Fire), Vayu (Air), and Akash (Space). fire burns away 

impurities and leaves a pure residue. Since this whole universe is a yajna, give and take happens in the whole universe. we as individuals or human beings are inseparable from the whole of creation

Between the elements, there is give and take –it is the air that helps the fire to blow, and it is the fire that helps water to become vapor, and it is water that helps the earth blossom.

  • The fire was the first element that humans discovered.

  • The other elements (earth, wind, and water) were already there in plain sight.

  • The finding of fire gave power to humans to protect themselves, cook their food, and cleanse their environment.

अन्नाद्भवन्ति भूतानि पर्जन्यादन्नसम्भव: |
यज्ञाद्भवति पर्जन्यो यज्ञ: कर्मसमुद्भव: ||Gita 3. 14||

Here, Lord Krishna reveals the wheels of Yagna (the cycle of nature).

  • Rain begets grains.

  • Grains are eaten and transformed into blood.

  • From blood, semen is created.

  • Semen is the seed from which the human body is created.

  • Human beings perform yajñas, and these pacify the celestial gods, who then cause rains, and so the cycle continues.

The word 'yajna' is very significant throughout the Bhagavad-gita. Sacrifice, no doubt, means giving something, but it does not mean losing something.

  • In giving, we do not lose. 

  • Give and it shall be given back a hundred-fold.

  • It should be realized that whatever money, material, labor, and time is invested in a Yagya, it never goes in vain.

  • In a way, it gets deposited in the bank of the deities and gets back with adequate interest at an appropriate time.

It is difficult to understand the meaning of sacrifice, at the same time the knowledge of it is necessary to understand the teachings of the Bhagavad-gita centered around the principle of yajna, sacrifice. 

  • Thus, a Yagna has been a mechanism of a “give and receive” device, a practical process, as against the misinterpreted noble concept of a ‘sacrifice’`.

  • Just as the gods reside in man, animals also reside in him. 

  • Selfishness, Cravings, Anger, greed, hatred, etc.- all these are wild animals.

  • These expressions have been prescribed to symbolize each animal. e.g; a hawk of pride, a vulture of greed, a dog of sycophancy, an owl of ignorance, etc. 

  • By sacrificing these animals (bhavas) in the Yagya, a man becomes a pure human being.

 This is the secret of animal sacrifice in the Yagya. An ignorant -asura, who sacrifices animals in the yajna,(which is not a yajna), is in fact, a staunch opponent of fire and yajna.


Srimad Bhagavad Gita

Types of Yajna

A. Everyday yajnas

Anna-sudhhi - purifying the food. In India, the ancient tradition has always been – before eating rice or any carbohydrate, add a spoonful of ghee (clarified butter) on it. This tradition exists even today. That spoonful of ghee makes you digest the food slowly. Thus, it does not immediately get converted to sugar and affects the sugar level in your body. It aids digestion.

Dhana-shuddhi - when you have earned some wealth, a portion of it should be donated. If you spend everything that you earn on yourself, these earnings are considered impure and a sin. Money becomes pure only when you spend a percentage of it as yajna. 

Meditation : when you sit for meditation and withdraw the mind from all the senses, you feel fresh and peaceful from inside! You feel rejuvenated, and purified—this is Yajna. 

Agnihotra : Below are the steps to perform our mini-ritual of Havan(Yagna) at home:

  • Set the intention

  • Identify those thoughts and beliefs that have been troubling most and need to let go of- “sacrificial offering”,

  • Chose a declaration or mantra to be recited linked to the intention,

  • Re-affirm the intention

  • On a quiet morning time, light the flame over an earthen pot- re-affirm and repeat the intention 11 times,

  • For each repeat your chant, add camphor to the flame, offering away thoughts and beliefs that are holding you back and

  • Finally, before getting up from the Yagna, re-affirm the intention and purpose.

Staring into a fire or a flame can be captivating, almost feeling of a meditative state. Use the power of fire to drive your inner fire toward its purpose. You can perform this Yagna( Havana) known as ‘ agnihotra’ as an everyday ritual, or when you’re about to begin a new venture, or whenever you wish so.

B. Mythological(Ancient) Yagnas

The manner of the gathering of thoughtful people, exchanging of ideas, and solving problems have been named as- Yagya. Some prominent and great yagyas are described as follows:

The Rajasuya - Just like Yudhishthira did. This yagya used to take 33 months and had been performed for all-around political victory. All the best people gathered and all kinds of problems - political, social, cultural, economic, protective, etc. - were discussed and the decisions taken were universal. The system of governance is called Rajsuya. Now–a-days, the Indian Parliament is the only Rajsuya.

Ashwamedha Yagya - Only the Chakravarti( king of kings) king had the right to perform this yagya. As has been done by Raja Ramchandra. It used to be completed in two years. Leaving the horse of Ashwamedha free, he had sent an invitation to the thoughtful and asked them to gather at one place. To organize the nation and its powers well is the Aswamedha Yagya.

Vajpeya Yagya : Under it, events were organized to solve moral, spiritual, personal and social, and religious problems. This yagya is said to be completed in forty days. Like Kumbh Mela – which are being held from time to time.


Benefits of Yagnas (Yagam) - Tamil

Yajna & Environment - Effects and Benefits

Yagna purifies the doer, the receiver, and the environment. The benefits of yagna are not restricted to the time of activity or to the people who participate in it but extend much beyond.

  • A yagna and its ash purify the air, water, soil, and agriculture as found in scientific research.

  • Reduces the harmful bacteria in the atmosphere significantly and boosta immunity.

  • After the yagna, the environment is charged with Prana and positive energy which nourishes all beings by cleansing and healing the atmosphere.  

  • Yagna also reduces air pollution by dropping the concentration of particulate matter in the air and the harmful gases like NO2, CO, and air pollutants like SPM (Suspended Particulate Matter) and RSPM (Respirable Suspended Particulate Matter).  

  • The distance did not affect the influence that the yajnas had on the environment. The yajnas' positive effects were observed in places more than 6500 km away immediately after the yajnas.

  • It balances the environment, protecting against negative energies. 

  •  By studying the auras of various samples before and after the yajnas, it has been observed that the positive vibes or auras became significantly more positive by 300 %.

To study the subtle effect of the yajna on the environment, a research team used an aura and energy scanner known as the Universal Aura Scanner( UAS) along with its sixth sense. This UAS has been invented by Dr. Mannem Murthy (a former nuclear scientist from India). This instrument can ably detect negativity and/or positivity in any object’s aura along with the length (or extent) of the aura.

  • ‘Electromagnetic radiation’ impacts the environment, and dangerously ‘pollutes’ the mental and physical well-being of human beings, especially since the Corona -19 upsurge. Research has shown that electromagnetic radiation from devices is greatly reduced in the yagna environment.

  • It is truly been said, “Heal the atmosphere and the atmosphere will heal you.”

Experiments on Havana were conducted by a French scientist called Trelle. He discovered that when mango wood is used in yagna, a gas called “formic aldehyde” is released. It harmful bacteria and purifies the air. The scientists then created “formalin” from “formic aldehyde” gas. He also researched jaggery (Gur) and discovered that when the jaggery is burned, it produces “formic aldehyde” gas. Another scientist, Tautilk, discovered that if we remain in a ‘Havan and its smoke’ for half an hour, the typhoid germs are killed.


अथर्ववेद - मेधाजनन, संगठन और विजय: Atharvaveda, Mantras on Developing Buddhi, Community Building and Victory

Miscellaneous Effects

  • The mind calms down and a sense of serenity dawns. The aroma of the yagna fumes is also quite refreshing and sometimes acts as a natural perfume.

  • It is interesting to know that an average adult eats *2 kg of food per day, drinks *3-4 litres of water, and breathes *11,000 litres of air in a day! Thus the quality of air can have a significant impact on our health.

  • They are influential tools that generate enormous positive spiritual energy, which ultimately increases well-being in society, bringing harmony and good health.

  • The ‘haven- ash’ can be used to purify water in water bodies and make it fit for drinking by increasing the dissolved oxygen content, regulating the pH, and removing the harmful bacteria in it. 

  • ‘havan- ash’ is also being used to cultivate organic food having higher yield and nutritional value.

  • One can explore homa farming or kitchen gardens through ‘Agnihotra havan’ at home as well.

  • Yagna is beneficial in resolving a variety of financial, health, marital/family, and career/job-related issues.

  • In the Atharva Veda, various types of yagnas are given for curing diseases. Modern research has shown yagnas to help reduce anxiety, addictions, stress, and other lifestyle-related diseases. Their therapeutic use is a topic of research.

By having rich and nutritious foods devoid of any chemical pesticides or fertilizers cultivated using homa farming, having pure and balanced water and breathing in pure air charged with Prana, living in a charged atmosphere, and balancing our emotions and thoughts through Yagna, one can truly live a sustainable, healthy and holistic life that nourishes the environment and us. 

Yajna – Total control of own-self

Apart from community, Yagna is also an activity of the soul, for a person who gains the fruits of his karmas (actions) through his or her sacrifices. So, one kind of yajna or sacrifice would imply self-control, restraining the movement of all the senses, the mind, and the intellect. Each soul has an inner fire, which is a reflection of cosmic fire. Tending to our inner fire requires consciousness, concentration, perseverance, and a sense of purpose. When we neglect our inner fire, our passions and purpose go unruly. But when tended carefully, fire provides a focus for our purpose, destroys our inner impurities, and increases our intelligence. In general, a Havan is conducted to achieve both spiritual and material success.

Jnana (Gyan) yagna

As per Gita, the term “Jnana Yajna” implies that the intelligent seeker offers, as his oblation (ahuti), his false identification, negative tendencies & ignorance into"Fire-of-Knowledge". This is the significance of Jnana Yajna. In Gita, lord Krishna concludes that sacrifice in the form of knowledge is superior to sacrifice done with material things.


ज्ञानयज्ञ का महत्तव और योजनाएँ- Significance and Schemes of Gyan Yagya

Panch Maha-Yagnas

To make it more systematic, Hindu Scriptures have defined Panch Mahayagnas (5 great sacrifices), which are mandatory for everybody to perform.

Briefly, these are- Dev Yagna, Pitra Yagna, Bhuta Yagna, Atithidev Yagna & Brahma Yagna.

  1. Deva Yagna (vaishvdev ) is related to offerings to God

  2. Pitra Yagna is related to forefathers (tarpan)

  3. Bhuta Yagna is for Animal and Plant Kingdom

  4. Brahma Yagna pertains to vedic living (daily study of the Vedas)

  5. Atithidev Yagna is related to the offerings made to Guests (Hospitality)

These Mahayagyas are of great importance. The householder should perform the rituals of these five mahayagyas daily with devotion and reverence along with Sandhya Vandana, chanting of Gayatri Mantra, and Dev Puja.

Yagna is God

  • In the Bhāgavatam (11.19.39), Shree Krishna declares to Uddhav

    • yajño ’haṁ bhagavattamaḥ [v11] “I, the Son of Vasudev, am Yajña.” 

  • The Vedas state: 

    • yajño vai viṣhṇuḥ [v12] “Yajña is indeed Lord Vishnu himself.”

  • Reiterating this principle, Shree Krishna says in this verse that God is eternally present in the act of sacrifice.

कर्म ब्रह्मोद्भवं विद्धि ब्रह्माक्षरसमुद्भवम् |
 तस्मात्सर्वगतं ब्रह्म नित्यं यज्ञे प्रतिष्ठितम् ||Gita-3. 15||

  • Lord gives conclusive advice that, ‘anyone who does not follow the wheels of yagna, which has been set in motion since the beginning of creation, who acts selfishly, leads a life of greed and only delights in senses, without caring about other beings’ welfare, breaks the wheel of yagna (the cosmic cycle), is an evil doer and hopeless.

  • In the ninth chapter of the Gita he declares,“ Iam Kratu (vedic ritual), I am Yajna (sacrifice), svadha (offerings), ausadham (medicine), mantra (chant), ajyam (ghee), agni (fire), and hutam (burnt offering).

Rules To Be Followed In a Yagya

  • The host and the Brahman should start living in celibacy (brahmcharya) a week before.

  • On the days of Yagna, keep fasting with fruits, milk, or yagya-related food grains.

  • One should sit calmly wearing washed clothes and a new yajnopaveet (janeu, sacred thread).

  • Anything of leather and any intoxicant should not be kept.

  • Women should wear Indian dress, and keep their heads covered.

  • Everyone should chant the mantra together, at one pace.

  • At the end of the Mantra, only at the time of reciting the ‘SWAHA’ words, one should leave the offering, not before or after.

  • The Ahuti should not be thrown into the fire kund nor should it be spilled outside it.

  • The offering should always be made by joining the middle finger and the Kanishaka finger and slowly dropping it in the fire with the help of the thumb.

  • After offering Ghee, a drop of Ghee should be dropped in Pranitha Patra and simultaneously chanting 'Idam Gayatre Idam Na Mamah' ('इदम गायत्रे इदं न ममः)'

Form And Spirit Of Vedic Ritual Worship- Procedure of Yagya

FINALE:

The world’s greatest threat today is the toxic climate. It is endangering not just the human race but all living things. Since the early Vedic Era, our Rishis and Maharishis have advised us on the purification process involved in a Havan. A Yajna is described as a father and Gayatri as a mother. Gayatri Yagyas generate that power that can clean the environment.

In chapter 3 of the Bhagavad Gita, Bhagavan Shree Krishna explains the philosophy and different kinds of yagnas.

  1. He says that the universe is maintained through yagna and by individuals performing their swadharma.

  2. He further states that it is through yagna that nature is purified & nourished, the divine forces are also pleased and nourished and they in turn nourish us and fulfill our desires.

  3. The Vedas too, describe various kinds of yagnas as a means to fulfill one’s desires and attain happiness through health, wealth, peace, strength, fame, and protection from natural calamities, diseases, and all unforeseen events. 

  4. As the fire engulfs all the offerings, it is essential that we too burn all that holds us back from living a life of dedication with utmost zest. Only then, we can make the most of the Yagna in its truest sense.

  • Yagya is a type of tax. Just as the state administration punishes the non-taxpayers, similarly the terrors come in different forms and create their wrath on the earth when we don’t reimburse yagnas to Nature deity. The scientific base for avoiding the wrath of natural calamities is- Yagya. 

  • We will have to perform yagyas in our villages, in our cities, and our localities also. If more people practice Havan, it is sure that the environment will be purified more effectively. Unfortunately, we have been ignoring it. If we start following the laws of Sanatana Dharma sincerely, the world will be a much better place to live.

  • Yagya God has said – “O yajman, you bring ghee with a spoon full only, bring with a handful of material only. It is my assurance, you will never remain empty-handed. Your lives would be filled with thousands of valuable things”.

  • When God flourishes all of us, we also have a duty not to be miserly or mean in adoring our patrons.

Man's life is a yagya. The first 24 years of his age - is the pratahakalin yajna (प्रातःकालीन यज्ञ); The next 44 years of youth are madhyandin Yajya (माध्यन्दिन यज्ञ ) and the rest of his life for the next 48 years is the sanyakalin Yagya (सांयकालीन यज्ञ).

Key Takeaways

  • Yagya is a traditional Vedic practice that has been used for thousands of years in India, and is still performed today for a variety of purposes, including spiritual purification, healing, and the fulfillment of material desires.

  • Yagya involves the offering of various substances into a sacred fire, including ghee, herbs, and other symbolic items, which are believed to create a powerful spiritual energy that can help to transform the environment and the consciousness of those participating in the ceremony.

  • Yagya is based on the principles of Vedic science, which emphasizes the interconnectedness of all things and the importance of maintaining a harmonious balance between the different elements of nature.

  • Yagya is also believed to have practical benefits, such as improving air and water quality, and has been used in modern times for environmental remediation and other purposes.

  • Yagya is a powerful tool for spiritual growth and transformation, and is an important part of the Vedic tradition of India.

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