Centre of Light Indiegogo Crowdfunding Campaign Has Begun! Satsang May 17, 2016| Volume 44 #1 |New Era 73
Centre of Light Indiegogo Crowdfunding Campaign Has Begun!
Dear Friends around the world,
Bhrugu Aranya is a blossoming International Ecovillage in the foothills of the majestic Tatra Mountains in southern Poland. Over the years, numerous people have visited our centre and had life-changing transformational experiences. Here, visitors and guests can receive healing, learn about spiritual ecology, connect with Nature and experience conscious community living.
Now has come the time for major expansion in order to accommodate the many who wish to come here.
These are exciting times for our community. On May 17th 2015, with great joy, we began construction of the ‘Centre of Light.’ This large healing Centre is being built with local sustainable materials of wood, straw and clay. It includes twelve guest rooms, a vegetarian kitchen, a creative arts studio, a large seminar hall, and therapy rooms.
As of today, we have nearly completed the foundation and first floor. Now, we urgently need your help to continue building and complete construction of this sacred venue .The Centre of Light is a project of Homa Therapy Foundation, and is a totally non-profit venture.
Please visit our Indiegogo campaign page and help us realize this wonderful project. Share this link with all your friends and spread the word! https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/centre-of-light–2/x/13982132#/https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/centre-of-light–2/x/13982132#/
Shree Vasant Paranjpe’s dream was that one day a Centre of Light would be built on the land of Bhrugu Aranya. Help us manifest this vision into a reality.
With gratitude and love,
Ecovillage Bhrugu Aranya Family
[All donations, large or small, will be greatly appreciated. Check out the list of fun thank-you perks that are offered for various levels of gifts!–Ed.]
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, 2016 at Tapovan Homa farm, where they
celebrated the completion of 15 years of continuous Om Tryambakam Homa.
Step by step, Agnihotra moves toward a wider audience. More scientific research on Agnihotra has been, and is being, conducted. Earlier this year, Agnihotra made its way to Harvard University, and was presented at a conference on “The Spirit of Sustainable Agriculture,” by Dr. Thimmaiah. Internet and social media allow us to disseminate information on Agnihotra more quickly than ever before. Following are some resources for Agnihotra, Homa Therapy and Fivefold Path information:
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.
Homa Therapy Exhibition in Gleisdorf, Austria
Reiner and Manuela Szcypior
For the month of April, 2016 we exhibited information in the form of pictures, Power Point presentations and written material about the holistic healing science of Homa Therapy and Fivefold Path Mission School at a storefront in Gleisdorf, Austria. It was a fruitful new experience to approach our neighbors in the town with ancient knowledge given through Vedas.
When we came back to Austria after seven years of service in India, we had interviews with local newspapers and could share about Homa Therapy through media. But how to get more information to the public in our city? By Grace, we had the chance to rent a room on the city’s main shopping street. This was the perfect opportunity to give more service and information to our fellow neighbors.
We performed several evening Agnihotras there, with curious people coming to the demonstrations.
People who perform Agnihotra already, from neighboring villages and cities, were invited to share their experiences at the exhibition as well.
Reinhard Steinbauer, an organic apple grower and beekeeper came. Eduard Aichbauer, a longtime close devotee of SHREE Vasant V. Paranjpe came as well. From Garden Paradise Eggersdorf, Peter Painer, the owner, attended. Among those who visited us we had friends of very deep knowledge. One evening we did not speak but listened to the grace-filled experiences and wisdom of a friend.
We are grateful for this opportunity of living our lives with Agnihotra Fire, the Grace of this Era. God blesses us all.
From the Orion Transmissions
received by Parvati Rosen-Bizberg
March 17, 2016 On Light Piercing Darkness
Ah, yes. Humans sometimes follow the tendencies of the mind to create dark corners where they stuff fears, worries, concerns and woes in one drawer, bulging with a hodgepodge of chaotic thoughts. Indeed, that corner is full of old debris that may no longer serve you and certainly may no longer apply to your life in this present moment. Thus, our instructions are as follows:
Take inventory—not of the room full of debris—but of the place in your life where you store your hopes, dreams, visions and intuitive flashes! Then, arm those delightful thoughts and feelings with intention, surround them with Light and let them manifest into reality already! Stop holding yourself back! Be free.
Do not even look into the drawer of fear. Simply take the entire contents and burn them symbolically. Then, do not return to that room. Open all the windows, allow sunlight to pierce through the darkness, strip away the maudlin curtains and breathe life into that part of your inner self where you allowed darkness to creep in.
Henceforth, do not permit the dark energy of negative thinking into your mind. Keep the windows wide open, the sunlight flooding through. One does not have to shut one’s doors to keep out darkness. One simply has to fill every crevice with Light, and darkness will automatically be repelled. This, do. This, do daily. OM.
March 19, 2016 On Embracing the Light
Yes, yes. This world seems sinister, dark and foreboding. And, yes, there is that element which most certainly appears to be on the rise. However, those of you who have been drawn to the Light, who are in the process of awakening to Truth, need not spend unnecessary time on analyzing the fear-driven reality that is being presented to you.
When you feel pulled into the vortex of darkness, cling to the Light. Shift all your priorities to embrace the Light, and to work tirelessly to reveal it to others.
There are many ways to serve. There is not just one way, not just one path to enlightenment. Remember this, as the tendency of many human beings is to assume their way is the right and only way toward the Light. It is not the case.
Share with others what has propelled you into Light, without expectation, without judgment. You have been tapped to serve. Serve in the best way possible. It is not a matter of assembling numbers. It is a matter of spreading the Light, swiftly, efficiently and with absolute humility, gratitude and love.
Having developed this Ecovillage [Bhrugu Aranya Ecovillage] has created a space where people can come, experience the healing energies of the fires and taste the fruit of the progress that has been made here. And great progress has been made.
March 22, 2016 On ‘Keepers of the Flame’
Yes, yes, yes. As mounting pressures around the world become apparent even to those whose lives have been relatively comfortable and stress-free, tensions build. In regions more affected by natural disasters, financial upheaval or civil unrest, tensions reach a boiling over point. Alarm bells ring.
Those of you who hold keys to allaying the deleterious effects of stress, both environmental and personal, shall certainly step up your efforts in reaching the masses.
More pointedly, those of you who carry the flame, ‘Keepers of the Flame,’ shall now consider the great opportunities you have in hand to affect positive changes in the environment and in the lives of many human beings who long for such a panacea as AGNIHOTRA.
Though you know that continual effort in self-development and positive mental attitude, proper diet and balance in one’s life are equally as crucial to address—adding the element of fire that heals will tip the scales in the positive direction.
Many human beings, already working hard on improving their lives and developing positive habits, still find themselves affected by stress in the atmosphere and are weakened by it. This is precisely where adding AGNIHOTRA as a healing cycle will most assuredly produce the longed-for effect of deepening the quality and peacefulness in one’s life. If you know this, you must share it. And what better time than the present?
AGNIHOTRA is actually an answer to prayers for the Earth, for well-being and cleansing of one’s environment. It is truly ‘super science.’
Beings are awaiting receiving this knowledge which those of you who can be referred to as ‘Keepers of the Flame’ hold in your hands and hearts. GIVE. As always, give freely.
For further information:
Healing with Homa Therapy
Ivan Andres Cotina
Popayan, Colombia, South America
I am 23 years old. When I got the diagnosis JRA (Juvenile Rheumatoid Arthritis), my health was declining fast. I had been a perfectly normal young man. I did a lot of sports. This was something I liked a lot. But, practically in one year, I was in bed and I could not move. My body was swollen and all joints hurt. I could not even eat because of the pain. I could not do anything.
In my house, everyone was desperate. They also suffered a lot with my pain. Whenever my mom heard about any recommended remedy, she made it for me or took me to any doctor and to all kinds of things.
For some reason, I heard on the radio, that Prof. Abel was coming to town with Homa Therapy. My mom was eager to get me there. But, because I could not move, it was very difficult. Some neighbors of mine, very good friends, decided to bring me on a bicycle. I sat on the bike and they pushed it and brought me here. That was torture for me, because I could not even bear to be touched, due to the swelling of my body. We arrived late. We arrived when the therapy was almost finishing. At that moment, the Agnihotra ash was handed out. For me it was somewhat strange, but I was so tired from the trip, so I sat down and also received Agnihotra ash.
Five minutes after taking the Agnihotra ash, something impressive happened – I felt the desire to get up, I did and I could stand by myself! When I left this place, I went by bicycle, but I returned alone, riding it! So far, standing on my feet and bending my knees was something I had not been able to do. For me, that was something totally strange, because I had come unable to stand, unable to walk, or do anything like this for a long time. But thereafter, my recovery process began. The swelling of my body began to diminish. With the help of the Agnihotra ash, I began to gain control over my body. The exams which my doctors do, seem always good.
I lead practically a normal life. I can walk, run. Yes, Homa Therapy has sustained me so far and I keep practicing it.
And another truth, about 6 months ago I joined a dance academy. Now, I dance salsa and it feels very good!
My thanks to Professor Pedro Henry Ariza, who has been a very important person in my life. If it were not for him and the Homa Therapy session he did and does here in the SENA weekly, I would not be standing here today. Thank you!
Lynchburg, Virginia, U.S.A.
I have made some Agnihotra ash ointment from Agnihotra ash and ghee. It has helped with a skin rash I have developed over the years. It was beet red between my eyes over my eyebrows. Since applying it once a day, the red has almost gone away.
Also, as a result of the radiation treatment for mouth cancer, I have a case of neuropathy, particularly in my left hand. The burning is quite annoying and painful. It itches like crazy, and, if left alone, it usually opens up into a bloody spot from scratching. I have found that a simple application of the ointment takes away 99% of the pain on contact; it almost instantly stops the pain and itching, much to my relief.
From Shree Vasant’s Teachings
By pursuit of material wealth of all sorts and by all means, one may experience plentifully the avenues of ‘enjoyment.’ However, one thing is absolutely certain. You can never be happy until you renounce them all and eliminate your desires for such enjoyment. It is the burden of desires that makes us unhappy. Being attached to material things that one has and hankering after things one does not have is the surest way to make all life miserable.
We think the moment of gratification of our desire is the highest moment of our happiness. Then we conclude that gratification of the desire is the cause of happiness. This is not true. It is the removal of burden that desire was putting on the mind which makes us happy.
Once you indulge in gratification you will notice that ten new desires spring up and there is no end to this process. A gratified desire leads to hunger for desires. Unfulfilled desire leads to anger and more tension on the mind.
The wise see this situation and go to the root of the problem. First sublimation of the desire and then renouncing them lock, stock and barrel. Practice of AGNIHOTRA HOMA, the first aspect of the Fivefold Path, is the best material aid to, “Be thou transformed by the renewal of the mind.” You heal the atmosphere and the atmosphere automatically heals the mind by reducing the macabre dance of desires.
Practice of Fivefold Path will take you out of this situation and all your life can be an endeavor of joy.
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.