Treating the Seeds
This is taken from a larger article on “What is Homa Organic Farming?”.
Seeds should be organic wherever possible and non-hybrid, if one wishes to harvest seeds for future plantings. Best if they have not been treated with chemicals.
Place the seeds in the Resonance Hut on the eastern side of the Agnihotra pyramid and keep them exposed to a minimum of 2 consecutive Agnihotra fires.
According to the ancient science of Homa Therapy, treating seeds by the following method can make them more disease and pest resistant and give them an initial boost. For backyard plantings/small gardens:
- Place the seeds in cups or jars and label each container with the name of the seed.
- Cover seeds with cow’s urine (you may obtain from a local dairy farm but preferably from organically fed cows) and soak the seeds for one to two hours, depending on the size and nature of the seed. Larger seeds like beans need 2 hours; for smaller seeds like lettuce, 1 hour is sufficient. Make sure that seeds mix well with the urine and none are floating on top. (The easiest time to collect cow urine is during milking when the cow is confined.)
- Drain the seeds and cover them in moist cow dung. Seeds can be mixed with enough dung to coat them thoroughly. The dung and seed mixture can then be spread out on plates, screens or boards until semi-dry. As some seeds cannot survive complete dehydration after having been moistened, it is advisable that the seed/dung mixture be dried until just damp dry. The mixture can then be crumbled easily and sown down a planting row in the garden or in planting pots or flats. If you are planting a small amount of seeds and if the seeds are not too small, each seed can be wrapped in an individual bit of cow dung.
For larger applications/broad acre farming:
- Cover seeds with cow’s urine (you may dilute 1:10 if necessary) and soak the seeds for one to two hours, depending on the size and nature of the seed.
After soaking discard the remaining cow’s urine and cover seeds with fresh cow dung slurry and Agnihotra ash; best to do this in a bucket so that all the seeds are covered. Let them dry a little and then, if the seed is broadcast by hand for small acreage, they can be sown immediately and then covered with soil.
- If planting seed with a seed drill, mix seeds with cow dung slurry and Agnihotra ash, let the seeds dry.
When using the seed in the seed drill, the seed should be reasonably firm, otherwise damage would occur to the seed (in the case of some seeds when using a seed drill it may not be advisable to apply cow dung coating). If soaking in cow urine has adverse effect on the seed by making it too soft, simply mix Agnihotra ash with the unsoaked seeds and sprinkle a bit of cow urine just before placing in the seed drill – e.g. soya beans).
It is good if Om Tryambakam Homa is performed just next to the field during sowing, planting and cultivation.
Planting the Seeds
In temperate climatic zones one needs to start seeds indoors before the last frost date, plant intensively in the beds and plan for a fall crop. When first starting a garden, it is helpful for future yields if green leafy vegetables are planted in initial stages. This will enable one to grow anything suitable to the climate later on.
Alfalfa (Lucerne grass) can be grown on most farms. It puts something special in the atmosphere, something more when grown by HOMA Organic Farming methods. Also try to set aside part of the planting area for soya beans if possible, as these also contain special healing and nutritional properties when grown with Homa methods.