February 2023 \ News \ COLUMN: YOGI ASHWINI

Ever wondered why Ram and Laksham went with Rishi Vishvamitra to protect the yagya? The science behind it is very simple. You can easily interact with the positive forces in creation through yagyas. If you take a look at the Vedas, you will find it filled with descriptions of yagyas performed by the rishis of yesteryears to energise the manifested creation. In fact, devs and devis would come to be a part of such yagyas; while asurs and daityas would come to disturb them. Remember, creation is a balance of the two forces, positive and negative. Let’s take a deeper look...

There exists positives and negatives in every aspect of creation. There is no body or place or time period that can be called all positive or all negative. Some have more positives, some more negative. A glowing and radiant body indicates dominance of positive, an ageing and diseased body is a symptom of increased negativity. Similarly a pollution free environment is an indicator of positivity while deteriorating surroundings point towards a higher proportion of negativity. Satyug was the time when devs and devis and rishis and munis would roam about freely on earth, since the positivity was at its peak. The present times, the times of kaliyug, are times of heightened negativity and so, subtler energies like yogis and gurus are rare to find in the body, and devs and devis can only be accessed in their subtle forms by invoking positive aspect of creation through certain yogic practices and acts of charity and service.

Sanatan Kriya details the amazing science of yagyas as given by the vedic rishis to induce positivity in the body as well as surroundings. The practice involves making oblations to fire along with specific chants. Fire, having the ability of transformation, can transform the physical into the subtle and the mantras have the ability to manifest the ability and power of devas in the physical world and also have the power and ability to control nature and normal human physical lives. At the beginning of a yagya, a sankalp is made which indicates the purpose for which the yagya is conducted. Then the ahvahan (invocation) of specific devs and devis is done requesting them to bless the yagya.

A yagya performed under the sanidhya of a Guru, with purity thought, ingredients and the correct chants, has the effect of completely changing the environment – the weather changes, air becomes fragrant, birds perch on the trees around, there is peace and stillness within and outside and diseases disappear – these are all indicators of warding off negativity and manifestation of positive forces in creation.

Another special kind of yagya is the agnihotra, which is performed at the time of sunrise and sunset, the prime chant being “idan na mam” (all this is not mine, indicating detachment). Exactly at the time of sunset and sunrise, a specific shade of the sun’s prana is awaited and as it appears the yagya starts. The entire yagya is normally completed in a minute or two. It is essential for everyone to perform agnihotra as it gives you fearlessness, longevity and ability to control the elements.

If you want to know whether the yagya was performed properly or not, just watch the yagya-agni at the time of purna-ahuti. You will be able to see the form of dev/devi if the invocations were successful. However, one needs to be careful of not getting attached to manifestations, focus should be on the yagya. For performing yagyas to purify your environment and for a healthy atmosphere in the house and office, you may contact Dhyan Foundation.