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Somayag Series Successfully Completed!
Bruce Johnson, the Somayag Committee and Ed.
For the past ten years, a small group of dedicated people from various countries has held the vision of Shree Vasant Paranjpe of completing a series of seven Maha Somayags on the banks of the Narmada River in Maheshwar, Madhya Pradesh, India, for the healing of our
planet. February 12th, 2017 marked the successful completion of the Aptoryam, the seventh and final Somayag in this series. Satsang applauds this achievement, and heartily thanks all who have helped to make this important work possible.
The Somayag releases powerful healing energies into the Earth’s atmosphere and beyond, the effects of which last for up to 100 years. All these Yajnyas are totally non-violent
Vedas are the source of all knowledge. Vedas gift us the science of Yajnya (bio-energy) which has the power to heal much of the horrific effects of man’s inhumanity towards his fellow man and towards Nature, which is now reeling from poisons, pollution, violence and violation of every kind.
What is Somayag?
The ancient science of bio-energy given through Vedas describes certain energy processes which have the power to effect a change in the functioning of PRANA (life-force which pulsates through us and connects us with the cosmos.) These energy processes come under the category of YAJNYA. Somayag is one such Yajnya.
AGNIHOTRA, tuned to the biorhythm of sunrise/sunset, is the basic YAJNYA which any person can perform with only a little effort. Agnihotra is to be performed DAILY at sunrise and sunset to keep the Nature’s cycles in harmony.
There are some special Yajnyas (HOMAS) like SOMAYAG, AGNISHTOMA, JYOTISHTOMA which are to be performed based on astronomic conditions. They are performed for purification of the environment, reducing the burden on the mind, making mind full of LOVE. In such Yajnyas chanting of Mantras and offerings to fire goes on for several days.
At the junction of two seasons there is likelihood of epidemic. Hence, several medicinal HOMAS are prescribed with different sets of Mantras. Then there are special HOMAS for bringing rains, for producing a male child or a female child. This forms part of the science of Biogenetics.
Somayag is one such special Yajnya. This normally lasts for six days. An intelligent young person would take about twelve years to learn this technique with proper Mantra chanting. The person has to follow strict disciplines. This Yajnya is called Somayag because juice from the herb Somavalli is used as the main oblation. Soma is known as the king of medicinal herbs. This special Yajnya provides an extra powerful boost of healing energy for the whole world. Countless positive benefits to a person, family and society are mentioned as an outcome of participating in, conducting and supporting Somayag.
The primary seven Somayags are:
–AGNISHTOMA for the atmosphere
–ATYAGNISHTOMA for water
–JYOTIRUKTHA for food
–SHODASHI for health
–ATIRATRA for longevity of life
–APTORYAM for well-being and prosperity of the whole society
–VAJAPEYA for peace of mind
There are many other Somayags, lasting from 6 days up to 12 years
The beneficial effect of each of these HOMAS lasts for several
decades. The atmosphere becomes medicinal, nutritious and disease-free.
Somayags yield a qualitative and quantitative improvement in
the psyche. By using this supertechnology we can eradicate pollution
factors on a large scale.
The fumes emitted from the burning oblations in Yajnya serve as nucleus of clouds and rains. Smoke from the burning medicinal plants helps in the purification of the atmosphere and many disease-bearing germs are neutralized. Thus, a healthy ecosystem is created through Yajnya process.
The Process of Somayag
The basic procedures of the Maheshwar Somayags are as follows:
1. Bringing the fire from Tretagni Agnihotra.
2. Ishti fire. Ishti means whatever is inside us we offer to God. It is a basic requirement for the other steps of the Somayag.
3. Pravargya for three days. This is preparation for the Soma offering.
4. Soma offering.
5. Wrapping up–final offerings and prayers.
6. Bath in the Narmada River.
The Yajaman for this Aptoryam Somayag was Dikshit Achal Apte. His father, Haribau Apte, was Yajaman for the first four Somayags held in this series of seven at the Homa Therapy Goshala. His grandfather, Sakha Hari Apte was Yajaman for the unparalleled Somayag which took place in Shivapuri, Akkalkot in 1969 under the auspices of Parama Sadguru Shree Gajanan Maharaj for ushering in of the New Age.
The Yajaman represents the element of fire during a Somayag. Only someone who
performs Tretagni Agnihotra regularly can become a Yajaman. He carries this
Tretagni fire to the place where Somayag is to be performed and from this Tretagni
fire the Somayag is started.
The Patni (wife of the Yajaman) is vital to the Somayag. The Yajaman must have a
wife, and she is called upon at various points in the Somayag to be present for
certain activities and often to touch and bless utensils which are used. The Patni is
the only person who is given her own quarters in the Somayag shala.
The Rutvijas (priests)
For every Somayag, four groups of rutvijas are necessary, each well-trained in one of the four Vedas. The training takes at least ten years, and must begin at a young age for the person to be able to master all the mantras. They work as a precision-trained team, chanting for many hours daily and carrying out varied procedures, using an array of special Yajnya implements. They also perform a number of other tasks necessary to the Somayag, such as moving equipment, carrying wood, cleaning implements and helping to build some places needed during the Somayag.
The sixteen consist of four chief priests and their assistants.
–The hotri is the reciter of invocations and litanies drawn from the Rigveda. As each phase of the ritual required an invocation, the hotri had a leading or presiding role.
–The adhvaryu is in charge of the physical details of Somayag The adhvaryu has to measure the ground, to build the altar, to prepare the sacrificial vessels, to fetch wood and water, to light the fire, among other duties. Each action is accompanied by mantras, drawn from the Yajurveda.
–The udgatri is a chanter of hymns set to melodies (saman) drawn from the Samaveda. This is a specialized role in the Somayag.
–The brahma is the reciter of hymns from the Atharvaveda and is largely silent, only observing the procedures. His role is to use mantras to ‘heal’ if and when mistakes are made.
Creating Pure Fire Energy
Vedas state that Agni-Tatva (source of fire) is present in Ashwatth (peepal) tree (Ficus religiosa) and Agni is created from two pieces of Ashwatth tree by friction. For Somayag we need pure fire energy, which is created through a special process. The Yajaman brings one block of this special wood which carries the energy of the Tretagni Agnihotra which he performs at home. A wooden stick is pressed into a notch in the block of wood and rotated backwards and forwards by means of a rope wrapped around the stick until friction creates fire. This is quite hard work. One person stands, pressing this stick on the block of wood while the second person turns it rapidly, in a pulley-type fashion, creating the friction. This important procedure of creating “fresh” fire is performed at several points during the Somayag in order to add new energy.
Pravargya in Somayag
The Pravargya ritual is an integral component of the Somayag and takes place several times during the six days. While performing the Pravargya ritual, the vessel used is called Mahavir, a three-partitioned earthen pot which is used to boil the cow’s ghee. In Vedas, the procedure for creating and curing the Mahavir earthen pot is prescribed in great detail. Once constructed, the Mahavir is extremely strong–strong enough to sustain the extremely high temperature and pressure of the boiling cow’s ghee. In the process of Pravargya, fresh cow’s ghee is poured into the Mahavir pot and boiled on fire. Simultaneously, Rigveda, Samveda and Yajurveda mantras are chanted in deep solemn voice till the cow’s ghee reaches its boiling point. Boiling time is observed through timely chanting of Mantras. All aspects of the Mantras are very strictly observed, including the lengthened syllable ‘Om’ at the end of every mantra. When the cow’s ghee has reached its boiling point, fresh milk is taken from a cow and a goat at the Yajnya place, and oblation of cow’s milk/goat milk is given to the boiling cow’s ghee. Instantly, with very great intensity, the flame shoots up into the atmosphere about 10 metres.
TO BE CONTINUED
From Abhay Paranjpe on Somayag
(Abhay Paranjpe is the president of Fivefold Path Mission, which hosted this series of Somayags. He is the son of Shree Vasant Paranjpe who spent decades teaching Agnihotra, Fivefold Path and Homa Therapy all over the world.-Ed.)
Shree Vasant said that possibly we shall perform all the seven Somayags in Maheshwar Goshala, and this lone wish was enough for all the devotees to gather together and have them performed. That itself was amazing. There is no known place in history that all the Somayags were performed at one place. So the Somayags in Maheshwar Goshala indeed were an historic event.
Shree’s whole life, He practiced and shared the message of Agnihotra, one of the smallest Yajnyas which can be practiced by anyone and anywhere. And through Somayag, it was as if HE wanted to show that one of the biggest Yajnyas can be accomplished by any group with one united effort. That was also a way to show that Vedic Yajnyas, large and small, can and need to be practiced to heal the atmosphere.
(Thanks to the following for their Somayag photo contributions:
Girish Patil: Cover photo and #s 6-12.
Patricia Powers: #13.
Parvati Rosen-Bizberg: #s 2, 5.
Reiner Szcypior: #s 3, 4.)
The Orion Transmissions on Somayag
as received by Parvati Rosen-Bizberg
This is the call of the Narmada. Rejuvenation of this planet is to begin from Narmada. Utterance of sacred Mantras on specific dates given carry healing forward to be distributed to all lands from this sacred place.
Breath of Narmada has begun. Healing for planet Earth has been given push forward.
A rush of energies super-charged as never before will be emitted from here where the fires
are being offered to the world.
What is happening is like a gateway is being opened through which Light will pour through.
Narmada is to play a great part in future of humankind.
We have renewed the intention of this Somayag. And it has been a successful Somayag, with
greater effects on the planet than can be seen or heard. Power is generated from this site and
Sound has begun to reverberate through the Earth, air, fire, water and ethers.
What is being created now can be likened to opening windows to the next world. Portal into
what can only be explained as the ‘next world.’ Human technology cannot perceive of or
calculate the existence of this realm of which we speak.
Always SOMAYAG has power, but this is something more. This is the seeding of SOUND
CURRENT. A new beginning has been made.
Rays of Light are being emitted now from the SOMAYAG. These Light rays rise up and out from the pits of fire. Sound is emitted. This is the seed to activate the SOUND CURRENT which will heal and seal the planet.
This series of Somayags, during which Nature is being nourished and interplanetary
communications fostered, has a fuller effect on environment than one would think. At such a
sacred site as the present location by the River Narmada, ancient resources are being tapped,
that is activated, to create healing environment for future generations. All occurs on subtle levels, imperceivable to human beings. The Master knew of which He spoke. His awareness was profound and His vision wide-ranging. Thus, the series of Somayags which He called for are precise in timing and in practice.
Many of you attending this SOMAYAG have indeed been here before and have been
together before as well. Yes, yes, a momentous time indeed. Momentous day. Ancient fire. Every single being who has come unto this sacred land has been present in India before. Most have been to the Narmada. Some have lived along its shores.
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Healing with Homa Therapy
Compiled by Homa Therapy teachers Abel Hernandez and Aleta Macan
Chicago, IL, USA
during his visit in Rio Blanco,
Puerto Rico, Caribbean
I am visiting with my wife Keerthi ‘Casa Picaflores’. I have been doing Yoga since my childhood, with occasional breaks, but now I am more steady with it and meditation.
I came to know about Agnihotra when I called Mrs. Barbara Rogers to make the reservation. Then I investigated Homa Therapy through internet.
I ordered my Agnihotra kit and its practice has helped me a lot with my meditations. It helps me to focus and it has normalized a lot of pressure I had in work and otherwise. It neutralized any depressive thoughts.
More importantly, it has improved my teamwork with my colleagues. I started sharing more knowledge and more work. It has given me more collaborative and innovative ideas.
It has improved my out-of-the-box thinking. I am more outgoing now as compared to before. Agnihotra has a healing effect and its vibratory powers go around my home and I can feel its energy that is going into my nerves and veins.
Cesar Augusto Aguilar Obando
Piura, Peru, South America
I am 61 years old. My health is very good with Homa Therapy.
Before, I was unbalanced regarding my health. I suffered a pre-heart attack, and I took many pills. Every day I took between 6 and 7 pills. I had high cholesterol and triglycerides levels, and high blood pressure, among other things. When I heard of this therapy, I came with my wife who was also with poor health.
At the moment of Agnihotra, I felt something changing in my body! We have been doing Agnihotra constantly in the Ñari Walac Foundation or at home with my family for one month. I am not taking any more pills, except the one for blood pressure. Now I am in good health.
From Shree Vasant’s Teachings
On Changing Bad Habits
You have to get out of those negative habits, negative behavior, all of it, once and for all. Now there is a breakthrough. Now use this momentum to really rise. You realize the wrong way to think, to act, to react, but seeing that is not enough. Don’t focus on it. You underline the negative aspects about yourself until you feel so miserable that you cannot function. You can look at yourself with all honesty and with humility make the changes. Think, “How can I serve? How can I smile more? Who can I give love to? Who can I help?” Then automatically, before you know it, these negative ways are gone. With a little effort your light can really shine. Always react with love. Think of the other person. Consider all aspects.
Forgive those who have harassed you or spoken ill of you. Forgive those who speak to you with harsh words without kindness. Forgive those who know not what they do.
Be quick to forgive the faults in others. Practice this and eventually you will not even see the faults in others.
The seeds of truth have been planted. You reap what you sow. If you are part of sowing seeds of love, that is what you will reap.
On Mind Training
What one does with one’s mind is as important as what one does with one’s body. Mind leads and the body follows in such matters. So one has to gain control over the thoughts. Then ultimately these impressions of attachment come and go with no fertile ground in which to take hold. Gain control over the mind.
On Giving Advice
Refrain from giving advice unless it is specifically requested, and then give it as your personal opinion.
On Agnihotra Pyramids
The shape of the Agnihotra pyramid should not be interfered with. Now we have to be more subtle with YAJNYA. Time is crucial. Times are desperate. In order to get the optimum effect from Agnihotra, the shape of the pyramid should be intact. `
On Fulfilling Our Destiny
More periods of silence and meditation would help; otherwise, the mind goes analyzing all the time.
People talk all the time and lose so much energy.
We must now fulfill our destiny.
If one goes into more strict lifestyle, there will be experience of pure joy.
Divine will, destiny and free will all now come together.
Let us take this opportunity now given by good Karma.
Let us fulfill the allotted task in all humility.
Fivefold Path for Happy Living
HOMA Therapy is the science of purification of the atmosphere through the agency of FIRE. AGNIHOTRA HOMA (YAJNYA) is the basic HOMA. It is tuned to the biorhythm of sunrise/sunset and gives nutrients to the plant kingdom, removes diseases in a certain area and removes tension on the mind. This is the basic process in the science of medicine, agriculture, climate engineering and interplanetary communication.
Sharing of your assets in a spirit of humility. This corrects imbalance in financial matters and creates non-attachment to worldly possessions.
Self-discipline of body and mind. This is conducive to a change in attitudes of mind and body. It results in a harmonious state of mind.
“You reap as you sow.” Always practicing good Karma (actions) diminishes the burden of negative Karma and one begins to invest in his own future. This means that what you do today will bring its fruits. Sowing seeds of love and kindness will bless my garden with plenty of love. Do Karma for self purification.
Practice Swadhyaya (Self-study) for liberation. Who am I? Why am I here? My work on this planet is to learn to react with total LOVE with each opportunity given to me.
This is the Fivefold Path for happy living on the planet. By practicing the Fivefold Path you become better members of your society, group, religion, community, etc.
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