Dr. Ulrich Berk, who has been active for many years in Agnihotra work in Eastern Europe, writes the following:
There was some report from Eastern Poland that after Chernobyl, Agnihotra and Tryambakam Homa helped to reduce the radiation level, but the mode of measurement was with a pendulum. The report was published in a Journal for Radiestesie.
The only research in the sense of modern science done on that subject was by some physicists from Eastern Europe at the time of Soviet Union. The result was that Agnihotra ash is not radioactive (although the ingredients used to prepare the fires may be radioactive) and that all 92 natural chemical elements are present in Agnihotra ash.
After doing these studies, the scientists suggested that we all should eat Agnihotra ash before every meal. The reason, according to them, is that all food now is radioactive—that it has more radioactivity than the natural level of radioactivity on this planet before humans increased it in the last couple of decades. If we eat some Agnihotra ash, the body would absorb the micro-elements (such as iodine) from the ash which are not radioactive, and if later, in our food, we take in more iodine (which may be radioactive), the body would not incorporate these radioactive micro-elements, as its requirements for those would have already been fulfilled through the non-radioactive Agnihotra ash.
Alas, most of the data on this was lost in the wars which followed the breakdown of the Soviet Union, so we do not have any scientific documentation of these statements.
Also, it is not so easy to make some tests. A Geiger counter is by far too imprecise.
The following is a n excerpt from the book Secrets of the Soil by Tompkins and Bird, p. 251:
“From Europe we received reports of a group of scientists in Rovinj, Yugoslavia, experimenting to establish just what Agnihotra does, and how. Their interest had been aroused by the discovery that after they burned the required ingredients in the copper pyramid their instruments failed to pick up radioactivity in the immediate area, an anomaly since the Chernobyl disaster, which irradiated, along with large parts of Europe, even their small Adriatic seaport in the province of Croatia. The Yugoslavs also learned that groups of subcontinent Indians living within the borderlands of the Soviet Union who used dried cow dung to seal their huts were unaffected by the radioactive contamination. Intrigued by these mysterious developments, the Soviets have invited one of the Yugoslav scientists, Mato Modric, a biochemist, to visit the Soviet Union to demonstrate the method of Agnihotra in the hope that it may be of value to its citizens.
“To check out this curious data we travelled to Rovinj. Mato Modric, an expert in electromagnetic fields, dowsing and geopathogenic zones, lives with his wife in a small house overlooking the harbour. Modric says he became involved in the Agnihotra phenomenon through his interest in pyramid energy. Trained in physics, he was particularly curious about the role of the special vessel made of copper and its specific ziggurat shape, a form related to the horn antennas used in high-frequency transmissions. What high frequency, he wondered, might be being amplified and broadcast by such an antenna to affect the human aura, its nadis, chakras or its kundalini? That the ash could produce disinfectant, anticoagulant and tissue-contracting effects on living matter, he said, was well established. And he said he believed the ash had pesticidal and fungicidal properties and that it might ultimately solve the problem of mineral deficiencies. It remained to be established what trace elements were in the ash, research into which was going on in such disparate places as Yugoslavia, Germany and U.S.A.
“Modric explained that he believed he was dealing with a complex that could potentially affect the whole environment, countering the toxins of modern technology developed over the last century by the industrial revolution, and that the process might have enormous implications for our very existence.
“He explained that the Agnihotra was energetically quite complex, involving at least three energetic aspects or field phenomena having to do with the fire and the ash, with radiation of an undefined nature and with ESP or psychism. `We believe we can establish the fact of an electromagnetic radiation during Agnihotra. But we are in an area beyond what conventional science considers rational, into an area of informational transfer through intermolecular and interatomic processes mediated by ultraviolet photons. It is logical to conclude that some kind of energetic mechanism is being activated which can be translated into physical meaning linked to concrete information systems that are as yet unknown, but connected to systems of resonance. We are in an area where it is not easy to prove anything. A lot of work will be necessary and it will depend upon cooperation of very many people.’ “