Centre of Light–Ark of Fire Satsang May 2015 | Volume 43 #1 | New Era 72
Table of Contents
Two Special Remembrances in May
Invitation to the 5th Annual Summer Meeting at Homa-Hof
Two Special Remembrances in May
May 17th marks the birthday of PARAMA SADGURU SHREE GAJANAN MAHARAJ (1918-1987)
of Akalkot, India, who resuscitated the ancient knowledge of Agnihotra and the Fivefold Path for modern times.
From I Wish I Had Known, by Fran Rosen-Sawyer (now Parvati Rosen-Bizberg):
“Shree is KALKI AVATAR. The word AVATAR means the descent of Divine Power on earth to fulfill an allotted task from Almighty Father. KALKA means pollution; hence, KALKI AVATAR means Divine Messenger for the destruction of pollution. SADGURU means PERFECT MASTER. PARAMA SADGURU means highest among the PERFECT MASTERS.
“Shree’s lineage reflects a glorious spiritual heritage. His mother Sonamata was a great YOGINI. (YOGINI is the feminine term for YOGI.) Shree’s father Shivananda Swami was a renowned NADA BRAHMA YOGI….Shree’s grandfather Tatyaji Maharaj was a saint who possessed great intuitive knowledge of medicine and astrology….
“On Christmas day, December 25th, 1941 Shree’s allotted task was revealed by the Will of Almighty Father…Shree was further informed that the time for unfolding was yet to be…. In 1944 Shree vowed, ‘I will resuscitate the Vedas.’
“Parama Sadguru once said:
‘Whatever Almighty has willed to be done through our instrument shall be done. Our
whole life is totally dedicated to Him. He who revealed to us our allotted task shall grant us
the necessary strength to fulfill it.
‘It is not for us to advise people to follow any particular individual.
‘If it is the will of the Almighty to convey to the world any message through us He will do so.
We are merely his slaves.
‘We are not votaries of any religious denomination. Whether it is the Bible or the Koran or the doctrines of Hindus we will convey the message with equal yearning.
‘We have asked people not to call us GURU. Many have imposed Guruhood on us. Many have experienced superhuman powers with us. Many have witnessed miracles. We are mere witness of, not the doers of these things.
‘We surrendered totally to the Almighty and He started utilizing our body as His instrument.
Each one has to tread his path of Self-realization.'”
Parama Sadguru Shree Gajanan Maharaj left the mortal coil on December 6, 1987. In reference to the lineage after He left the Body, Shree stated that after Us, comes Vedas; after Us, comes the Fire. There is no lineage. The Fire is of utmost importance.
May 13th marks the birthday of Shree Vasant V. Paranjpe, who left the body on December 30,
2008, at Maheshwar, India.
Words could never convey the impact of His life on countless people around the world to whom He carried the message of Agnihotra and Fivefold Path. In His mission, He circled the globe year after year, serving with unwavering devotion, utmost humility, astonishing energy and boundless love. He was instrumental in transforming the lives of people from all walks of life.
He so scrupulously avoided personal attention throughout His life of service, and never sought to collect followers. (For years, He declined to have His photo in this newsletter, which He Himself founded.) In total humility, He guided people to focus on the message of Yajnya, Daan, Tapa, Karma, Swadhyaya–not the messenger.
Following are some highlights from Shree Vasant’s life of service:
In 1970, Parama Sadguru Shree Gajanan Maharaj of Akalkot, India, who resuscitated Agnihotra and the Fivefold Path of Vedas in modern times, commanded Shree Vasant:
“Our words which lead to BLISS, convey them to all the people.”
Thus began Shree Vasant’s thirty-eight years of travel and teaching, of Grace and total surrender to the Divine.
In 1972 He began teaching in the U.S. In 1973 He became the founder president of Fivefold Path, Inc., a nonprofit organization established in Madison, Virginia. In that same year, Shree Gajanan Maharaj commanded Shree Vasant to start this Satsang newsletter.
On September 22, 1973, Shree Vasant inaugurated the Parama Dham Fire Temple in Madison,
Virginia, the first Fire Temple in the world established under Shree Gajanan Maharaj’s dispensation of ancient science of atmospheric purification for the New Age.
In 1974 Shree Vasant carried the message to Europe. Over the years, His mission also took Him to South America, Australia, Africa and Asia. He was instrumental in bringing Agnihotra and Fivefold Path to thousands of people all over the planet.
In today’s world He pioneered the use of Homa Therapy in agriculture, psychotherapy, alternative medicine, self-development and healing the environment. Under His guidance, Homa farms and centers such as Ecovillage Bhrugu Aranya in Poland, Om Shree Dham farm in Australia, and Tapovan in India, came forth.
He is the author of Grace Alone, Light Towards Divine Path, Ten Commandments of Parama Sadguru and Homa Therapy, Our Last Chance. His books have been translated into many languages.
Forty years ago, many of His talks and writings warned of the environmental degradation and
deterioration that has come to pass in virtually all parts of the globe today, in the forms of atmospheric pollution, nuclear radiation hazards, water pollution, soil fatigue, noise pollution and more. But along with these warnings, He offered a solution that people all over the world could use to heal themselves and their environment–Agnihotra and Fivefold Path.
Glimpses of Shree Vasant’s life can be found in Messenger of the Sacred Fire, the Extraordinary Life and Works of Shree Vasant Paranjpe by Parvati Rosen-Bizberg. In it, a number of people from various countries have shared their experiences with Shree Vasant and the spread of Agnihotra around the planet. But perhaps the greater story
of His life is just beginning to unfold, as people the world over continue His mission.
Beginning in 2007, a very special unfoldment of His work came to fruition. Under His direction, a series of seven Somayags, performed strictly according to Vedas, began at the Homa Therapy Goshala in Maheshwar, India. To date, six have been completed. The purifying effect of each of these Somayags lasts for several decades. (For more information, please visit somayag.org.) These events have been attended by people from all over the world, who can attest to their powerful and transforming effects.
In February, 2012, another important milestone was achieved: Homa Therapy Teachers’ Certification training. The certification program is a means of accurately preserving and conveying the Vedic knowledge given by Parama Sadguru Shree Gajanan Maharaj and taught worldwide by Shree Vasant Paranjpe. Through the program, Homa Therapy teachers can be more thoroughly and consistently trained, so that a uniform message of the teachings
of Homa Therapy goes out to the world. This also promotes unity among Homa Therapy teachers.
The first Homa Therapy Teachers’ Certification course was given in Tapovan, India in February, 2012. Second and third courses were given at Ecovillage Bhrugu Aranya, Poland, in September, 2012 and in the spring of 2015. The training in Poland is noteworthy in that several trainees were young adults and/or second generation Agnihotris–the wave of the future.
Some years ago, Shree Vasant suggested that a Homa farm be established near the Maryland/Pennsylvania border. In the autumn of 2013, the Baltimore Homa Community realized that dream by purchasing and establishing Ancient Oaks, a 28-acre farm
northwest of Baltimore. The farm sells produce via a community supported agriculture (CSA) program.
Another important goal was reached on March 25, 2015 at Tapovan Homa farm, where they
celebrated the completion of 14 years of continuous Om Tryambakam Homa.
Further developments in the spread of Agnihotra, Fivefold Path and Homa Therapy include the many online tools available today to assist and inform seekers and practitioners of Agnihotra, Fivefold Path and Homa Therapy. There are also Agnihotra applications for iPhone and for Android devices
The app provides several features. It gives accurate daily Agnihotra timings for your location, and reminds you daily with a customizable alarm before and at Agnihotra time. A tutorial for learning the Agnihotra mantras and performing Agnihotra is also included.
Homa Therapy International
Agnihotra and Homa Therapy Web Portal
This comprehensive site features articles on Agnihotra, Homa Therapy, Somayag, scientific validation, Homa communities, climate engineering, activations and cleansings, plus news and blogs from around the world. Links to websites of Homa centers in a number of
different countries are also featured. Sunrise/sunset timings for Agnihotra can be obtained here as well. The site also offers an extensive archive of back issues of Satsang.
Homa Organic Farming
In addition to basic information on Homa Organic Farming, this site includes such topics as scientific validation, radioactivity, Resonance Points, applications, farmers’ testimonies, the farmer’s friends (cows, bees and earthworms), soil and water, and pests and diseases. It also highlights the Noah’s Ark Project. This is a special system of Homa Organic Farming wherein
a group of farmers can work together using a Resonance Point on contiguous farms. The model can be useful for organic farmers or those who wish to go organic.
This site gives articles on Homa Therapy, along with Agnihotra Ash medicines, healing testimonies, and an Agnihotra Timetable request form. A listing of many ailments and diseases is given, making it easy to locate information pertaining to a particular health issue.
Other related sites include:
It is impossible to to truly sum up the spread of Agnihotra, Fivefold Path and Homa Therapy today. We can read about events and milestones on the aforementioned websites, but there is no way to chronicle the work that goes on quietly, behind the scenes, all over the world, or the great changes that take place within the hearts and minds of Agnihotris and Fivefold Path practitioners around the globe.
A precious heritage has been entrusted to all of us who have been taught Agnihotra, the Fivefold Path and Homa Therapy. We can honor this gift by striving to manifest these teachings more fully in our lives, and by sharing this knowledge with others.
Centre of Light – Ark of Fire
“This Centre of Light is to provide sanctuary, refuge for coming times.”
It is with great joy that we announce that the construction of the Centre of Light at Ecovillage Bhrugu Aranya in Poland has begun!
On May 17th 2015, Shree Gajanan Maharaj’s birthday, we performed a powerful Rudra Yajnya with all the community and close friends present. Afterwards, on this beautiful spring day we officially broke ground. One by one, we took shovels and dug into the earth where the Centre of Light will stand. Two days later, contractors arrived to begin the excavation work.
It is really happening!
The Centre is being built with sustainable materials—wood, straw and clay, and will be capable of housing 36 guests. It will also include a full service vegetarian kitchen, a creative arts studio, a large seminar hall, and therapy rooms.
The Centre of Light represents a new phase in the development and expansion of Ecovillage Bhrugu Aranya, as this powerful energetic point becomes an international hub for propagating the teachings of Homa Therapy.
Already we have a steady flow of visitors from Poland and abroad who come to learn about Homa organic gardening, healing herbs, creative arts, and spiritual self-development. The atmosphere at Bhrugu Aranya is infused with high vibrations from Ayurvedic fires that are performed daily. This energy radiates to heal the Earth and all life – plants, animals and humans. Those who visit receive healing and leave feeling inspired and uplifted by the rarified healing environment.
In the completed Centre of Light, groups of people will gather for the healing fires, learn sustainable ways of living and receive holistic healing therapies. It will become a crucial venue for healers, artists and Light workers to share their gifts for humanity with the growing numbers of people awakening around the world.
We envision the Centre, as we walk through its beautiful spaces. We run our hands over the clay and wood textures, and taste delicious gourmet vegetarian food made fresh from our Homa organic fruits and vegetables.
The Centre of Light will offer an infrastructure so that our ecovillage can be self-reliant. It will generate income, providing many new members the possibility to live here at Bhrugu Aranya. This means that our ecovillage can expand to serve a greater whole.
Now, we need your help to bring this vision into fruition. We urgently need funds to complete the first phase, the foundation and basement level.
We have until August to come up with an additional $30,000 USD for the first phase. This is a call for help to our international Homa community. Please help in any way you can by donating to our building fund.
Whether you live in Bhrugu Aranya or not, we are all part of a global Homa community helping to create a new world. Help us complete this Ark of Fire, a blueprint for the new age.
We thank you all for your loving support.
Jarek, Parvati and all at Ecovillage Bhrugu Aranya
FOR THOSE IN THE U.S. WHO WOULD LIKE TO MAKE TAX-DEDUCTIBLE CONTRIBUTIONS:
Donations from the U.S. (or from U.S. bank accounts) may be made by check, money order, or online by PayPal, using a credit card or PayPal card. Donations are tax-deductible as allowed by U.S. law. Fivefold Path, Inc. is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization.
Checks and money orders should be made payable to Fivefold Path, Inc. and may be mailed to:
Fivefold Path, Inc.
278 N. White Oak Drive
Madison, VA 22727 U.S.A.
Please note “For COL POLAND” on your check or money order.
To donate by credit card or PayPal card, visit our “Want to Help” page, then click on the DONATE button. For PayPal cards, under “Add Special Instructions to the Seller,” please type “For COL POLAND”.
If you have any questions about making donations for the Centre of Light, please contact Fivefold Path, Inc. at email@example.com.
In Europe, to donate, please go to: http://www.homatherapypoland.org/en/news/centre-of-light
For more information, please feel free to write us directly at firstname.lastname@example.org
To see our ecovillage in action, please view our video:
Parvati Rosen-Bizberg speaks about the Centre of Light:
Healing with Homa Therapy
Dr. Mario Chavez
West Palm Beach, Florida, USA
“I come from a scientific line and when I came to know Homa Therapy I told myself, “I am going to experiment with this,” and did judiciously daily Agnihotra to see what changes occurred in nature. We had two flowerpots in which we had crotons, of which we had never seen the flowers, although we had them for several years.
“A few months after practicing every day Agnihotra, suddenly these two crotons began to blossom and flourish and also to grow. One could see their joy, their amusement, the explosion of their life. The flower is the spiritual part of the plant. The flowers were so beautiful and delighted us for many months.
“We found this experience wonderful and we realized immediately the effect Homa Therapy has on the atmosphere and on the surroundings.”
Cecilia and Francisco Fernandez
Elqui Valley, Cochiguaz
“Here, we have a fall harvest. I made a rich jam. On the left side of the photo are quinces grown without Homa. They are from elsewhere. On the right side are our organic Homa quinces.
Om Shree from Cochiguaz!”
Invitation to the 5th Annual Summer Meeting at Homa-Hof
by Homa-Hof Heiligenberg, Germany
Saturday, July 11th, 2015, from 2 P.M. until sunset.
Together with you, we would like to enjoy the soothing Homa atmosphere, make new contacts and exchange experiences around the Agnihotra in pleasant company.
Moreover, you can deepen your knowledge and gain skills in ghee preparation and cowdung drying, experience the Homa farming on a guided tour through the fields, get an inside view of our Homa apiculture, and learn also the Homa techniques Vyahruti Homa and Om Tryambakam Yajnya.
For children (school age) we offer our own program points in the course of the afternoon.
At our market stand you can buy delicious Homa vegetables, and the publishing house Verlag Horst Heigl stand invites you to browse through its books and listen to its music.
For your dining pleasure, we provide coffee, tea and cakes; please bring your own snack (vegetarian) for the evening.
In case of cool weather be equipped with appropriate clothing.
We would like to round off this day with as many Agnihotra fires as possible. Do you have your own equipment with you?
Important: By registering by July 5th, 2015 by email to homa-hof-heiligenberg.de or phone +49 7552-938754, you facilitate our preparations.
You are cordially welcome and we look forward to your coming.
From Shree Vasant’s Teachings
More meditations. Dance. Chant. Assimilate all that you have been given. More silent meditation. Affirm the holy in all manner of thought, word and deed. Never utter a single word of judgment. Never utter a single word condemning another. Take care what you think, hence what is your written word. Let it always be that of TRUTH.
We do not ask you to follow a certain package of beliefs, nor do we ask that you adhere to principles which are foreign or difficult. All that is given is given out of love and can be found in all scriptures, the words on the tongues of all great prophets and sages.
All the treasures which you seek already lie within you. Not deep–very near. At one’s hand. Release all judgment. Take notice of others around you but refuse to form judgments about anyone. You observe, but you do not judge. You feel, but you do not judge. You listen, but you do not judge. Then there is real listening and loving.
When a person is to be healed, when it is your wish to heal, then you offer this to the Almighty Father. Simply say, “Thy will be done.” If the person is to be healed through your touch, your prayer or even your thought–which is also possible–then it is His will, not your own.
When in the presence of a holy person one must take heed to listen to what is not spoken as well as what is spoken. Indeed, in such rare instances that our path is blessed with the Holy Presence, much is given at those times. There are three stages which mark the ascent to higher level of consciousness. Like rungs on the ladder, they must be climbed step by step.
At this stage you really have to go into more humility. You are becoming more and more humble, but you have to take hold of experiences with very difficult people who test your reactions all the time. These very people will help you achieve humility.
Do not allow negative thought and emotions. At least if you have such thoughts do not act on them. Do not speak badly about anyone, whether it is a people or an individual. Say only positive things. You will draw only positive to you. Nothing negative will happen to you because you are creating only positive. It is law of cause and effect, law of Karma. Do not let fear enter your awareness.
If you react with anger to injustice in the world, you will be angry round the clock.
Power is misused in the hands of man. As an ax allowed to rust in the wind and rain, so is misused power.
It is important to entertain no judgment. No judgment of any sort. Imagine if the world was full of people who did not pass judgment. There is so much joy inside your heart. Release all judgment. Then there is no expectation, no disappointment. Only LOVE.
Fivefold Path for Happy Living
- Perform AGNIHOTRA for purification of the atmosphere which leads to automatic purification of mind.
- Practice DAAN (sharing of assets in a spirit of humility to reduce attachment to worldly possessions).
- Practice TAPA (becoming better managers of our energy expenditure by training the body and mind to react to all circumstances in life with Total Love).
- Perform KARMA (every action for self purification only and thus no expectations which bind us to the material world).
- 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.