Effect of Agnihotra Energy Field on Water Purification
By Dr.Ulrich Berk, President, German Association of Homa Therapy, and Shailendra Sharma, Principal, AIMS College, Dhamnod, MP, India
Availability of potable drinking water is becoming increasingly a worldwide problem. Dumping of industrial wastes, radiation coming from the bowels of the earth and from a number of human activities, atmospheric pollution, all are affecting availability of water suitable for human consumption and for agricultural use. This, coupled with acid rains, further aggravates the situation. Therefore, inexpensive and easily available methods of water purification are becoming more and more important. Some reports suggest that the ancient method of Agnihotra may offer a cheap and affordable solution.
Preliminary tests have shown that if Agnihotra ash is added to polluted water, it gets purified (Mondkar1, Gerlecka2, Matlander3). Further, Matlander showed that if you not only add Agnihotra ash to water but also keep the water in Agnihotra atmosphere (in a room where Agnihotra is performed regularly), the reduction of pathogenic bacteria is higher. Sharma4 then went one step further and did not add Agnihotra ash but just kept water bottles next to a Somayag (a long lasting process of fire purification – but which is also based on the principles of Agnihotra). Observation was that also in this case water was purified. But since the bottles were open, a chemical effect of smoke particles cannot be excluded.
Sharma5 also showed that Agnihotra atmosphere not just locally purifies water but leads to the purification of a whole river in its vicinity.
The object of the present experiment was to see whether just Agnihotra atmosphere without any effect of Agnihotra ash or Agnihotra smoke would be able to improve water quality. (Agnihotra atmosphere has been reported to have a positive effect on the sprouting of seeds; see Devi/Swamy/Nagendra6 ).
A first test showed that after a period of 5 days the count of Coliform bacteria was reduced by more than 50% compared to control (same water kept in the laboratory during these 5 days).
As any chemical reaction with either ash or smoke of Agnihotra was excluded the effect could only be in terms of physics. This leads to the assumption that regular performance of Agnihotra creates some kind of energy field which helps to purify water. But which kind of energy field could this be?
In everyday life the most common energy fields are electromagnetic fields. Could it be that electromagnetic fields lead to the purification effect of Agnihotra on water?
In order to find out whether electromagnetic fields generated by Agnihotra are responsible for the improvement of water quality the following systematic studies were designed. It is well known that Faraday Cages shield electromagnetic waves. Therefore, if the effects of Agnihotra on water are (partly) based on some electromagnetic waves, then there would be no (less) change in the parameters of water quality if this water is kept in such Faraday Cages. This was to be tested.
Conducting the experiment
For the experiment water was taken with a bucket from the Narmada River in Mandaleshwar, Madhya Pradesh, India (22° 10′ 29” North, 75° 39′ 59” East). The water was stirred and then distributed into glass bottles for experimentation.
Three bottles for control were immediately brought to the laboratory of Shri Umia College, Mandaleshwar, MP (first two replications) and of AIMS College, Dhamnod, MP (third replication plus several control experiments). The measurements took place between October 2012 and February 2014.
Seventeen bottles were brought to the Homa Therapy Goshala in Maheshwar, MP. Three each of the bottles filled with water were put in containers made of stainless steel, copper and aluminum, respectively. Care was taken that there was no direct contact between the bottles and the metal containers. At the bottom of the metal containers a piece of dried cow dung was placed and at the sides a distance of one cm was kept. Then, the metal containers were closed with a tightly fitting lid in order to get Faraday Cages.
In addition to these 9 water bottles enclosed in metal containers for comparison; also 8 bottles without metal containers (filled with the same water from Narmada River) were used.
All these bottles were placed in the Agnihotra hut at Maheshwar Homa Therapy Goshala where Agnihotra has been performed regularly exactly at sunrise and sunset. No other activities are going on in this Agnihotra hut, and no words other than mantras related to Agnihotra are spoken there.
Results and discussion
The experiment was done with three replications. All showed considerable improvements in water quality compared to control in all the five parameters tested.
There was a general improvement of water quality in all the parameters measured as compared to control. These changes are consistent through all three replications.
Although there was some difference between the water samples kept in metal containers and the samples kept in bottles regarding DO, pH, and COD, this difference was rather small compared to the difference with control.
Also, there were some differences between the different kinds of metal containers – but again these differences were small compared to the difference with control. Further experiments could look deeper into these differences.
The main results with all three replications and all parameters of water quality are that:
a) Agnihotra atmosphere helps to purify water.
b) This effect of purification is there whether or not the water samples are kept in Faraday Cages.
The conclusion seems natural that there is some kind of energy field around Agnihotra which is not of the known electromagnetic type and which is not shielded by Faraday Cages. If someone has some alternative explanation it would be interesting to hear about that.