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A Miracle in the Making!
Ecovillage Bhrugu Aranya Community
Three years ago, the Centre of Light was just an idea, a vision that was blessed. Now the 3-story building is taking shape with straw/clay walls, multiple rooms, a central hall and spectacular views of the Tatra Mountains.
Thank you to all of you who helped us get this far. We are filled with gratitude. Now we need to manifest $50,000 to winterize and protect the structure from freezing temperatures and snow.
Shree has said, “What has been accomplished so far is nothing short of a miracle!”
Be a part of this miracle in the making!
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Homa Organic Farming Presented to Polish Organic Farmers
Dr. Barry Rathner
Ecovillage Bhrugu Aranya
Abhay Mutalik Desai, an award-winning Homa Organic Farmer from Belgaum, India, visited Ecovillage Bhrugu Aranya in Poland, in May and shared his experience and expertise with our Homa farm community.
In his three PowerPoint demonstrations, the data clearly showed the improvement that Homa Organic Farming provides over traditional organic farming (as well as non-organic farming).
Abhay also joined us in our large vegetable garden, sharing innovative new ideas. He showed us how to improve our composting, garden bed preparation and how to set up a more efficient sprinkling system for watering. An enthusiastic teacher and action-oriented, he helped by doing.
After five days at Bhrugu Aranya, Abhay and his wife Matumati, their daughter Trupti and husband Bharat and adorable 2-year-old son Aarov traveled with a group of us (Jarek Bizberg, Poland, Parvati Rosen-Bizberg, USA, Asia Maher, Poland, Karin Heschl, Austria, and Barry Rathner, USA) on a 4-hour journey to southwestern Poland.
Abhay and Jarek were invited as keynote speakers at an organic farmers conference and festival, sponsored by Robert Wagner in Ziebice (Lubnow). Robert is an enthusiastic organic farmer and environmental activist who networks extensively with fellow farmers.
He, his wife Cristina, sister Bozena and their extended family took wonderful, loving care of us and arranged for press coverage from a television station and a great place to stay.
More than 100 people attended sunset Agnihotra on May 12, and nine Agnihotra fires were lighted, including those of four local Agnihotra practitioners who had come with their kits.
The organic farmers seemed really engrossed in the talks by Abhay and Jarek. Both of their lively, animated presentations kindled audience participation and interesting questions followed.
Abhay is very well known in India in organic farming circles and welcomes every opportunity to spread knowledge and practical application of all aspects of Homa Organic Farming.
In November, 2017, Abhay received 2nd place for the “Dharti Mitra National Award” for Organic Agriculture in India. The awards ceremony took place at the 19th World Organic Congress in New Delhi. This was the sixth national and state award he has won since 2001.
Though originally trained as a chemical engineer, when he saw his father’s farm decimated by negative effects of chemical farming, he took up farming, stopped all use of chemicals, and turned all organic waste on the farm into manure, compost and mulch. The comeback of earthworms created beautiful soil.
In 1999, Shree Vasant Paranjpe introduced us to the methods of Homa farming and the nightmare my whole family was going through finally stopped. His knowledge and guidance changed my vision of farming forever. I immediately implemented Homa Farming on all the 50 acres of land.
Within one year, all our land recovered and our soil was better than ever. Plants were healthy and strong, with lower cost of production, less water and labor.
Our first crop of vanilla beans had the highest content (2.9%) of vanillin in India, in 2000, as tested by the Spice Board of India. Since this time, many farmers and agricultural scientists come to my farm and are amazed how easy farming operations have become here and how crop health and abundance have improved.
Abhay has presented six scientific presentation papers on Homa Organic Farming and principles to various conferences in India.
Back to Poland. The president of the City Council of Ziebice, Poland, honored Abhay and presented him with a certificate inaugurating his participation in the organic farmers conference.
The second day, at the festival that followed, we had a booth where we sold Agnihotra supplies and answered questions generated by the prior day’s talks.
Evening Agnihotra closed out the conference. Another large group of people attended. Some who had purchased Agnihotra kits earlier in the festival joined us and performed their first Agnihotras with us at sunset.
NIt was a wonderful visit by the Desai family and we look forward to an encore in the future!
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Scientific Aspects of Agnihotra: Soil and Agriculture (Part 8)
by Dr. Ulrich Berk (Germany)
Note: The following scientific studies were based on Agnihotra performed using:
– a copper pyramid of exact size and shape
– the precise materials (pure dried cow dung, pure cow’s ghee, less polished rice – and nothing else to be added)
– absolutely correct timings to the second (which will change from year to year and have to be calculated for each address)
– exact Agnihotra mantras
For some other type of fire procedure which does not follow all these disciplines, results will be different.
In the last article we talked about the experiments on Homa Farming done at Palampur Agricultural University, Himachal Pradesh, Northern India. The experiments showed increased yields, better disease resistance, and better quality of the produce.
The second part of their research was about soil health, a very important factor for future production.
More research was done on the effects of Homa Farming on soil health at Dharwad Agricultural University, Karnataka, Southern India. Four M.Sc. theses brought some interesting results. But before we discuss these results (in the next article), let us first look deeper into the situation of our topsoil which is of utmost importance for the future of mankind.
A Sanskrit text written in around 1500 BC noted, “Upon this handful of soil our survival depends. Husband it and it will grow our food, our fuel, and our shelter and surround us with beauty.
“Abuse it and the soil will collapse and die, taking humanity with it.”–George Monbiot, “Ploughing On Regardless,” The Guardian, 25th March, 2015.
Thus, abuse of soil mentioned as a possibility 3500 years ago has developed into a likely scenario now, as we can see from recent reports from FAO, the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations from two years ago.
An article in Scientific American makes it very clear that we live in kind of emergency situation:
ROME (Thomson Reuters Foundation) – Generating three centimeters of topsoil takes 1,000 years, and if current rates of degradation continue, all of the world’s topsoil could be gone within 60 years, a senior UN official said on Friday.
“About a third of the world’s soil has already been degraded,” Maria-Helena Semedo of the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) told a forum marking World Soil Day.
The causes of soil destruction include chemical-heavy farming techniques, deforestation which increases erosion, and global warming. The earth under our feet is too often ignored by policymakers, experts said.
“Soils are the basis of life,” said Semedo, FAO’s deputy director general of natural resources. “Ninety five percent of our food comes from the soil.” Unless new approaches are adopted, the global amount of arable and productive land per person in 2050 will be only a quarter of the level in 1960, the FAO reported, due to growing populations and soil degradation.
Soils play a key role in absorbing carbon and filtering water, the FAO reported. Soil destruction creates a vicious cycle, in which less carbon is stored, the world gets hotter, and the land is further degraded.
“We are losing 30 soccer fields of soil every minute, mostly due to intensive farming,” Volkert Engelsman, an activist with the International Federation of Organic Agriculture Movements told the forum at the FAO’s headquarters in Rome.
“Organic (farming) may not be the only solution but it’s the single best (option) I can think of.”
This article advocates organic farming, definitely the first step we have to take. But as pollution of soil has gone so far, that will not be enough. Homa Therapy techniques have to be applied to restore soil health, as the following article written by Shree Vasant Paranjpe shows:
HOW HOMA FARMING WORKS
The soil, water, atmosphere, subsoil water are all polluted by the metallic, nonmetallic and gaseous toxicants of different types.
The soil in large areas of forest is nearly dead.
THE SOIL NEEDS TO BE REJUVENATED FIRST BY HOMA THERAPY.
In the rejuvenated soil different types of microorganisms, starting from the level of viruses, bacteria, fungi, algae, thrive.
Thus, a healthy micro-flora and micro-fauna is created.
This gives rise to a micro environment or micro-system which is comparatively less toxic to the growing plants.
The soil which has now become a living soil because of the presence of micro organisms has all the chemical components useful for life in the form of carbon, hydrogen and oxygen. According to modern theory, these three together form life in the form of bacteria. We have e.g. nitrogen fixing bacteria, also bacteria working on phosphorus content of soil.
After the creation of such micro environment, creatures like earthworms thrive. They eat the soil, digest it and again replenish the soil.
It has been found that when Agnihotra ash is added to normal soil it increases the water soluble phosphate content of the soil and the nutrients are absorbed readily by the root hair of the plant.
Absorption of mega nutrients like Nitrogen, Phosphorus, Potash, because of small cells and active transport, is helped by Homa atmosphere.
We have to tell the people this is how Homa farming works.
When you perform Agnihotra and YAJNYA or other HOMAS in a garden, an atmosphere is created that is conducive to growing and therefore attracts the nutrients, insects, microorganisms and animals that would be happy and thrive in that environment.
This, of course, is because nature is so wonderful, it automatically benefits the soil and the plant, and the plant thrives.
Same thing happens when you put the ash or use Agnihotra ash water but it works more for the plants individually – by putting the ash around the individual plants or in the beds or spraying the plants, those elements that are best for that plant are attracted to it and it thrives.
Of course, we have to use basic operations of farming like weeding, organic composting, spraying with Agnihotra Ash solution, etc.
PRACTICE OF HOMA, HOWEVER, IS THE KEY.
These are clear guidelines for sustainable farming practices Shree Vasant gives. The article was written in 2008 or a little earlier.
Good that in the meantime quite some research has been done, some of which confirms by means of modern science that Homa techniques really work well to restore soil health. This research work was mainly done at Dharwad Agricultural University, Karnataka, South India. We will have a closer look at the results in the next article.
Life Full of Grace–Agnihotra Impressions 2018 India
(For many years, Reiner and his wife Manuela have practiced and promoted Homa Therapy in India. They now live in Graz, Austria.–Ed.)
2018 is the year of the hundredth birth anniversary of Param Sadguru Shree Gajanan Maharaj (Mahashree), Son of Man, Kalki Avatar. By Grace I was able to take part in the Somayag at Kharagpur, the birthplace of Mahashree. Simultaneously, another Somayag was performed at Mahashrees’ Mahasamadhi place in Shivpuri, Akkalkot.
After this wonderful event, Sarvajit and I went to Himachal Pradesh to meet farmers who have been performing Agnihotra and had stopped for some reasons. It seemed the time had come to restart the practice at the already established Homa Resonance Point.
We also had time to meet people at Nirmand, the location of the ashram of Bagwan Parashuram, Mahashrees’ Guru.
While Sarvajit Paranjpe went from Shimla to Mumbai, I went on travelling via Dheradun, Haridwar, Patanjali, Delhi and back to Maheshwar.
At Dheradun I met with Bade Maheshji, the sole living disciple of Swami Rama. It was like brothers meeting after a long time. So much love and affection we both felt!
From Dheradun I visited Auro Valley Ashram, a place of deep peace and silence. Swami Brahm Devji celebrated His birthday at the day of arrival. For sunset I performed Agnihotra with Swamiji and his disciples at the cow shed. OM.
From Rishidwar I went to Santosh Puri Ashram, which is looked after by Mandakini, Alaknanda and Ganga, the children of Ma Narmada.
Santosh Puri is a lovely ashram, the most beautiful ashram I’ve seen so far, a place of harmony and wisdom. Fires are done every morning and evening according to Santosh Puri tradition.
Also I had a short encounter with Dr. Pranav Pandiya, head of the worldwide Gayatri Parivar. He is a great supporter of Agnihotra as given by Shree.
From Haridwar I went to Patanjali Yog Peeth of Swami Ramdevji.
After my arrival we had a Facebook live ( Swami Videh Dev-स्वामी विदेह देव ) interview with Swami Videh Devji and Swami Purusharth Devji. Later that day I met Swami Ramdevji personally. Evening Agnihotra was performed with students outside in the open.
The following morning I went on a bus to Delhi with more than 200 Brahmacharis. The Brahmacharis continued travelling to Kota, Rajasthan, to prepare for the Yoga festival.
I visited the Vishwa Jagruthi Mission Ananda Dham Ashram in Delhi where we performed evening Agnihotra in the Temple along with prayers and Bhajan. All in all, it was an intense voyage with wonderful experiences, meetings and blessings. Millions of people all over the world were informed about Homa Therapy Agnihotra through the Facebook live interview and the Homa Publication in News Journal Jivan Sanchetana, published by Vishwa Jagriti Mission, as well as through Ram Mahesh Mishraji’s online News Portal.
From The Orion Transmissions
received by Parvati Rosen-Bizberg
January 20, 2018 On Creating Resistance
Yes, yes, yes. The suffering of the world is extreme. We see the pained faces in the world.
We see all of your deep discontent. Yet it seems you are powerless to make a change, try
as you might.
The powers that render judgment and initiate such programs as to annihilate, inhibit and
annul human beings of all races, religions and creeds, are merciless in their vengeance.
However, dear ones, do not despair.
Stand firm in the face of affronts to human dignity, and aspire to champion a new
way of being in the world.
Create avenues to walk freely upon.
Support those less privileged or less fortunate than yourselves.
Love will find a way.
There are those in every time in life, every era, every age—who defy orders, who create
their own resistance to evil, who comfort those in greater need, who educate their children
to speak their truth and value humanity and genuine acts of kindness.
Unify in the face of all that stands to block you. Strengthen each other in these
times of extreme darkness in the world.
For within those whose hearts are in prayer, whose eyes are open to receive and
whose arms open to give—within each of you there is an eternal flame of LOVE, of
TRUTH, of HIGHER JUSTICE, of DIVINITY.
You must gather together in the names of your Fathers and in the names of your
Mothers, in the prayers of the Ancients, find recourse, find solace, find rejuvenation.
Through the avenue of pure prayer, deep meditation and sacred sound, music, laughter,
art, dance and mantra, more prayer—the seed shall flourish upon the sacred Earth.
And it shall be so that the land upon which you stand will return to its true nature and all
who walk upon it will be healed.
As it is so.
As it shall be so.
May 3, 2018 On Walking the Path
Yes, yes. Unless one makes energetic efforts to progress, one may easily become distracted or stymied by obstacles placed in one’s path to simply wake one from slumber! One must work with intent to heal.
A path is such because it is to be tread, not to simply be a place to stand still.
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Healing with Homa Therapy
Gladys Bardales Serón
Social Development Management of the Provincial Municipality of Piura
Los Tallanes, Piura, Peru, South America
I’m 50 years old. I came to Homa Therapy one month ago.
I suffered from much pain in my arms. I could not raise my arm. It was such an intense pain. The doctor told me that I have to take collagen and that these pains are due to my age. But I’m not a person who likes to take a lot of medicine.
Then someone told me about Homa Therapy and from the first day until today, I attend, because I definitely do not have these pains anymore. I can lift my arms without any pain.The therapeutic Yoga exercises have also helped me to be able to raise my arms above the head.
I take the Agnihotra ash and I also mix it with the ghee and rub it on my shoulders, mostly at night. Now, I also sleep much better.
I have always been a very active person, but now I am super active. My husband asked me what was going on in the Homa sessions and so I invited him to accompany me. However, for work reasons he cannot always come. He has seen an enormous change in me and we are both very happy.
So truly, I feel very good! I thank God for bringing me to Homa Therapy.
Yovana Calle Vásquez
Social Development Management of the Provincial Municipality of Piura
Los Tallanes, Piura, Peru, South America
I am 39 years old. I have a son named Salvador. I was very desperate when I came to Homa Therapy. I had prayed to God to connect me with people who could help me. I have had years with depression and anxiety.
Then, one lady, also waiting in line for a doctor consultation, asked me why I came, and I told her my story. She told me about a very good therapy which had helped her with her sleeping problem. I also had this problem. I could hardly sleep. I was irritated, and I could not handle my son.
That very same day I went with Salvador to the Homa Therapy session at the Municipal Library and I began to feel calmer. I sleep peacefully now and I sleep a lot, like never before in years; my son does, too. Now, we get along better and little by little my level of anxiety is lowering.
But I already feel calmer, more relaxed. I have lost weight too, and I feel that the Homa Fires do me good. I even feel that the pain in my chest, due to many problems, is melting like a candle and leaving me. I feel also more love and more understanding. I can tolerate more things that I could not before.
I’m calmer. Now I feel peace. When the time for Agnihotra approaches, I am unable to stay at home; I have to come to the Homa Therapy sessions.
And my son asks me: ”Mama, give me my ash.” He is also doing well in school and we understand each other better.
I feel that Homa Therapy is very good for me. I am going to get my own Agnihotra kit.
From Shree Vasant’s Teachings
One need not feel bad that one has desires. Put all focus on work and serving others. Let the desires come and go as thoughts during a meditation. Do not hold onto each longing. Then tendency is to focus on being unfulfilled. Never mind fulfilled or unfulfilled. Fulfill others. Then the LOVE comes.
Concentration should not be on “finding one’s mate.” Certainly it is normal need of man and woman, but focus should first be on, “How can I be full of Love and what service can I give today?” Only today. Even if one has big work to do, like starting Agni Farms, writing books, giving talks, the most important time to be full of love and concentrate on service is NOW. This very moment. One can say, for example, that it is too difficult for me to live in the city so when I move to the country I will be full of love. Until then I can plan this move, but I cannot be full of love. Being full of love does not depend on one’s location or one’s physical condition. The physical body becomes healed by the energy of love. So let us begin this “Love thy neighbor as thyself” now. Not tomorrow. There may not be a tomorrow. The moment is precious and irreplaceable. Let us start now. Where there is love everything can grow. Everything is possible. All needs are looked after–either lifted or fulfilled. Where there is love, there is contentment and joy. All of you have felt it. All of you have experienced it. Why not inculcate such an attitude all the time? It is not only possible now for all of you today who practice Agnihotra and meditation, but it is already in your hands. Just a little effort and the love is activated.
On Negative Forces
We know that the dark side exists, certainly, but when we create an atmosphere of healing with these fires, it dispels the darkness. It can completely change the energy of the place and, in the same place where one has felt the negative forces, one is actually surrounded by the Devas who are protective. It becomes an atmosphere where healing takes place.
The effect of bad Karma can be wiped out by intense practice of good Karma and more YAJNYA.
On Ghee and Copper
It is very important for the energy that the ghee be covered at all times when not in use. The best bowl for rice offering is copper.
You must rid yourself of the source of conflict, not only solve the conflicts as they arise. You must actually destroy the source of conflict itself. What is that source? When one is separate from the Divine, one will always find oneself in conflict. Therefore, effort must be made to open the channel, which lies inside one, which connects with the Divine. This has to be a constant effort. Here Mantra is great help. Now is the time to intensify Sadhana.
Fivefold Path for Happy Living
HOMA Therapy is the science of purification of the atmosphere through the agency of FIRE. AGNIHOTRA HOMA (YAJNYA) is the basic HOMA. It is tuned to the biorhythm of sunrise/sunset and gives nutrients to the plant kingdom, removes diseases in a certain area and removes tension on the mind. This is the basic process in the science of medicine, agriculture, climate engineering and interplanetary communication.
Sharing of your assets in a spirit of humility. This corrects imbalance in financial matters and creates non-attachment to worldly possessions.
Self-discipline of body and mind. This is conducive to a change in attitudes of mind and body. It results in a harmonious state of mind.
“You reap as you sow.” Always practicing good Karma (actions) diminishes the burden of negative Karma and one begins to invest in his own future. This means that what you do today will bring its fruits. Sowing seeds of love and kindness will bless my garden with plenty of love. Do Karma for self purification.
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.
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