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Update on Centre of Light
We wanted to take this opportunity to keep you updated on the progress of the Centre of Light.
We are happy to tell you that in late autumn, we completed the basement exterior walls and new windows were installed on the ground floor. We now have to get the basement windows, balcony doors and front entranceway. Then, the much-anticipated interior work can begin!
The next major phase would be the electrical and plumbing installations. Once the floors and ceilings are completed, we can start the creative clay plastering. We look forward to running advanced clay workshops during that time. We will also offer volunteers the opportunity to learn from clay plastering professionals.
It is over a year now since the larch wood siding was completed and we love how it has mellowed into a beautiful, warm, rich, honey colour. The Centre of Light really fits harmoniously into the landscape and is attracting much local interest.
We are all looking forward to an exciting 2020 and great progress to be made on the eco-centre.
As we witness the ecological catastrophes and health crises happening around the world today, we realize even more now the urgency of completing this healing centre for all. We deeply appreciate your continued support.
With Love & Gratitude,
Ecovillage Bhrugu Aranya family
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Message from Shree Vasant on Coronavirus
The following message from Shree Vasant was received by Parvati Rosen-Bizberg in meditation.
February 4, 2020 Shree Vasant on Virus
During this initial incubation period of the sudden spread of Coronavirus, it may be advisable to refrain from international travel. Travel within Australia should be okay.
As with any international travel now it is advisable to take reasonable precautions.
If you are prone to infection or already have a compromised or weak immune system, then one suggestion would be to wear a protective mask if you must travel internationally.
As with all health care crises, whether created or a natural occurrence, precautions are always advisable.
What you can do to ensure better health is to strengthen immune systems via natural means, supplemental vitamins and minerals, and what is referred to now as the ‘super foods.’ And maintain a balanced, all organic vegetarian diet. Reduce fat intake and move toward developing alkaline diet.
Proper air and water, exercise of course.
If you give into fear, you actually weaken your immune system.
No need for panic. Stay focused.All love and blessings.
For international travel, particularly during this period when the latest virus is a threat, best to wear a mask for safety sake. Otherwise, have the option, don’t travel internationally.
If work entails such travel, be more careful to follow more stringent efforts at cleanliness and wear a mask. Then, apart from taking these simple precautions, don’t worry.
To be forewarned, you are thus forearmed , but never be fearful.
Be proactive, not overly reactive.
All love and blessings.
Scientific Aspects of Agnihotra: Human Health (Part 18)
Dr. Ulrich Berk
Homa Therapy is not just one more interesting natural way of healing, like homeopathy, Traditional Chinese Medicine, Ayurveda, Reiki, etc.
Instead, in our time of terrible overall pollution it has become an important, even necessary basis for all such good methods of natural healing. (This is quite similar to Homa Organic Farming, which is also not competing with existing forms of organic farming but instead is a necessary basic tool for any kind of organic farming.)
Why is that so?
Recent studies based on World Health Organization data are quite shocking. One such study shows the percentage of deaths related to environmental pollution.
You can see on the map that one of the most polluted countries is India.
An earlier study done at Cornell University, New York State, U.S., even concluded that 40% of all deaths worldwide are caused by environmental pollution.
“David Pimentel, Cornell professor of ecology and agricultural sciences, and a team of Cornell graduate students examined data from more than 120 published papers on the effects of population growth, malnutrition and various kinds of environmental degradation on human diseases.
“’We have serious environmental resource problems of water, land and energy, and these are now coming to bear on food production, malnutrition and the incidence of diseases,’ said Pimentel.” (From: http://news.cornell.edu/stories/2007/08/pollution-causes-40-percent-deaths-worldwide-study-finds)
As this Cornell University study also considers the effects of environmental pollution on food production and malnutrition, the pollution-related deaths are higher as compared with the percentages shown on the map above.
A recent study by the World Health Organization concentrates on the effects of air pollution on children’s health. According to that study 93% of children live in environments with air pollution that exceeds WHO guidelines, and as a result every year approximately 600,000 children die of air pollution.
Commenting on this study, the Director General of the WHO, Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, said:
“A clean and healthy environment is the single most important precondition for ensuring good health. By cleaning up the air we breathe, we can prevent or at least reduce some of the greatest health risks.”
An advance copy of the full study can be seen at:
Nine of the ten most polluted cities in the world are in India. The situation is worst in New Delhi. Especially in winter, the situation is so bad that Arvind Kumar, a lung surgeon at Ganga Ram Hospital in Delhi, said: “.… the situation today is a public health emergency. If you want to protect people, we should be ordering the evacuation of Delhi. Closing down all schools. Closing down all offices.“
But this is not going to happen. Of course, lung doctors are doing their best to treat patients who come with breathing problems because of polluted air.
Still, even the best therapy can only treat symptoms. It cannot remove the cause, that is environmental pollution.
A recent study done in China shows that not only physical health but also mental health is affected by air pollution. A summary of the study says:
“We find that long-term exposure to air pollution impedes cognitive performance in verbal and math tests. We provide evidence that the effect of air pollution on verbal tests becomes more pronounced as people age, especially for men and the less educated. The damage on the aging brain by air pollution likely imposes substantial health and economic costs, considering that cognitive functioning is critical for the elderly for both running daily errands and making high-stake decisions.”
Again, doctors cannot fight the cause of the problem. They only can help to reduce the symptoms. So the question is – what can people in such places with high environmental pollution, especially air pollution, do? At least they can purify their own houses with the help of Agnihotra.
Homa Therapy, by purifying our environment, removes the cause and thus builds the foundation for any good therapy.
The basic tool of Homa Therapy always is Agnihotra. Agnihotra reduces pathogenic bacteria and other pollutants in the air and purifies water resources in the vicinity. We are breathing in healthy air and drinking pure water,thus building a strong foundation for good health.
The above summary of different studies shows that we all have to purify our environment for good health. Homa Therapy gives us the tools which are available to everybody and at least we can start creating a healthy atmosphere in our homes.
Buying an Agnihotra Pyramid–What You Should Know
A copper pyramid of correct shape, size and material is essential for proper performance of Agnihotra. With today’s expansion of e-commerce, one can find many sources of copper pyramids online. However, not all of these vessels are suited for Agnihotra.
The pyramid should have no handles attached. Super-shiny pyramids which are almost gold in color most likely have had zinc added to them for strength, which means they are not made of pure copper. Some pyramids have engraving on the edges, which also is not acceptable.
A correct pyramid measures 6.5 cm. in height and 16.5 cm in diameter across the top. It must have 3 steps or levels. It should be made of one seamless sheet of copper, without soldering.
Dr. Ulrich Berk writes, “Both size and shape of the Agnihotra pyramid are fixed and must not be changed. Some people thought the effect would be more if you take a larger pyramid, but it is not like that. If we assume that Agnihotra is all about vibration and resonance, then this is obvious – similar to a musical instrument: If you make a sitar double the size, for example, you will not get a better sitar, but a totally different instrument.”
Please see http://www.agnihotra.org/international-contacts/ for a list of international Homa Therapy centers and contacts.
Joselito Homa Banana Plantation
Eng. Jesús Tineo Raimundo
Piura, Peru, South America
I am a graduate of the National University of Piura. I am an Industrial Engineer and I work for the multinational company called Dole. My best experience, I can say, was at the banana plantation Fundo Homa Joselito in Chulucanas. My job is to visit the farms daily for quality control.
I met Andrés Arango in this Homa Farm. He is a Homa technician. He told me about this Homa technology and its effects in farming. Upon entering this farm, you can tell the difference from the others. It is a warmer, more welcoming environment, where instead of teaching, which I usually do, I can learn a lot.
This is my experience. The fruit is stronger, the soil is organic, the environment and the people very friendly. Everything is different there.
Andres Arango, Homa technician at Joselito writes, “Through the practice of Homa Therapy (Technology in a Homa Resonance Point), we have a natural balance on the farm. For example, harmful insects cannot reproduce to a point of causing damage to the crop. This is because beneficial insects control the harmful ones. That is, in this Homa atmosphere, biological controls are produced. On the other hand, cultural practices–weeding, cutting leaves, keeping the soil clean, etc. also prevents the spreading of harmful insects. Om Shree Om.”
Eng. Hernan Posas, co-owner (above, far right) is doing Tryambakam Homa, taking turns with other people working on the farm. They automatically also take advantage of the Homa healing energies for their own well-being. Children also get to participate in the Homa Fires. [Adult supervision is always advised when children participate in Homa Fires.–Ed.]
A Sweet Story
Although we don’t have a Homa farm, Richard and I have grown wonderful produce in our garden here in Madison, Virginia with Agnihotra and Agnihotra ash. Several people near us do Agnihotra and the Parama Dham fire temple is within walking distance, so our plants get extra exposure to Homa atmosphere. Normally, four hours of Om Tryambakam Homa are done daily at Parama Dham, with additional hours on no moon and full moon days.
In recent years we have grown our own sweet potato plants–a small step toward self-sufficiency.
(Important note–Though they may look alike, sweet potatoes are grown differently than yams, and yam leaves are not always edible.)
In January, we cut two or three sweet potatoes in half and suspend the cut potato about halfway in a solution of water with a little Agnihotra ash added to it.
Soon sprouts begin to form, which then grow to form vines.
When the vines are about nine inches long, we gently twist the vines from the chunk of potato, then put them in jars of water mixed with a little Agnihotra ash. Very soon, roots begin to form.
When the roots have developed and all danger of frost has passed, we plant the vines outdoors, adding Agnihotra ash to the soil.
To save time on weeding, we suppress weeds with sheets of used cardboard obtained free from a local business.
When the plants have attained substantial growth, some of the leaves are harvested for use. They have a very mild flavor and are highly nutritious.
A few weeks before harvesting the sweet potatoes, we can actively begin to harvest the leaves (before any frost). They can be used fresh in cooking and salads, or dehydrated and stored for use in soups and smoothies during the winter months.
Finally, the harvest! All these sweet potatoes (minus some that were already eaten) and greens started from just two sweet potatoes. (Actually, there could have been many more, but we didn’t have room to plant all of the plants produced by the two original sweet potatoes. Also, we ran out of time and couldn’t dry all the leaves before the frost, but our cows were happy to eat what was left.) Both the tubers and their greens are nutrient-rich, making them good survival foods. We store the tubers in a dry, dark place, making sure to set aside two of the best ones for growing next year’s plants.
In our experience, you don’t need to be an expert gardener to reap abundant produce using Agnihotra and Agnihotra ash. We wish you success in your own Agnihotra garden!
Healing with Homa Therapy
On November 11th, 2011, I started practicing Agnihotra with my friend and Reiki teacher, Rakesh Kumar and with Guruji Ajit Telang. Since then I have been practicing Agnihotra. I had a problem since childhood for about 15 years. Every time I had pitta dosha prakop (aggravation), my whole body used to get red; it had inflammation and continuous itching all over my body. So, I had to take the Avil tablet to get rid of it. I had this pitta dosha problem almost all the time.
However, after learning Agnihotra and practicing it for one month, in December 2011, I had an allergic problem but I did not have any Avil tablets.
I decided to apply powdered Agnihotra ash as talcum powder throughout my body and in a few minutes the itching ceased. And the next morning, there were no spots on my body.
The doctors had told me that this is an allergy that cannot be cured and that I should continue taking Avil tablets whenever such a problem occurs. However, from this moment in December 2011 until today, we are in the year 2019, I have not faced any more of this problem.
This led me to start doing some experiments with trees and dogs, which worked very well.
In the beginning of 2012, we also began demonstrating Agnihotra in various places to raise awareness and share our personal experiences.
Thanks to our gurujis Rakesh Kumar and Ajit Telang, who taught us this wonderful ancient technique for the modern era. With Agnihotra, we are able to heal ourselves and the environment. Thank you.
Homa Centre Finca la Zenaida
Vinces, Ecuador, South America
I came to Homa Therapy with Dr. Luis Carriel, because my granddaughter suffered from asthma. She is now 6 years old. She presented asthma from a very young age. She was practically born with asthma.
We attended 30 Agnihotra sessions and I have witnessed many changes. Before, we had to go to the doctors for respiratory therapies. When we started coming here, I had to carry her. But now, thanks to Homa Therapy, to Dr. Carriel, to a friend, who sent me here and thanks to God, my granddaughter is fine. Now, she has no more asthma. It’s been 6 months since I brought her here and she doesn’t have any more breathing problems and she doesn’t need to go to the emergency hospital anymore.
From Shree Vasant’s Teachings
On Homa Therapy Farming
The whole of ecological system is benefited by Yajnya. For example, earthworms are able to generate more moisture to the soil due to performance of Yajnya. The Yajnya makes them happy and their hormone secretions increase, thereby benefiting the soil and therefore the plants that live in that soil.
If a Yajnya is going on all the 24 hours in proximity to a garden, that in itself is an effective aid to insect control. The atmosphere becomes saturated with ghee and the plants are able to manufacture a protective coating due to a special chemical combination in their chemical makeup interacting with the ghee absorbed by the plants by breathing. The Yajnya atmosphere also creates something intangible that permits this situation to occur which is based on the vibrational content of the atmosphere due to the Mantras going on all the time.
When growing plants in Agnihotra atmosphere do not necessarily expect the plants themselves to become large. Instead, observe the size, quality and appearance of the vegetables, fruit or flowers. All the energy of the plant goes towards yield as by performance of Yajnya we make the plants happy.
Lettuce, the vegetable, grown in Homa atmosphere, possesses great healing and revitalizing properties.
There are times when it behooves us to be grateful, to respond to others in an humble way. If someone is angry with me–okay, let me think what I may have said or done to provoke anger in another person. Let me go as far as to say, “Good, perhaps it was due to my own negligence or to some fault of my own.” Let me not blame the other person. Let me first forgive him, then react with love toward him. The only way to change the situation is by being full of love. If we permit ourselves to indulge in anger (and indulgence) then we limit ourselves in terms of understanding others and benefiting ourselves. So let us not fall prey to this anger. Let us understand. Let us humble ourselves. Whether or not we are right or wrong is not the issue. Whether we can maintain an attitude of love thy neighbor in any given circumstance is more the issue at hand. It begins with training and with effort it will come.
On Swadhyaya (Self study)
You are in control of your senses, your appetite, your desires, your earthly attachments, ultimately. No form of hypnotism, magic or “mind bending” drugs can change this. Only one who can control these things is YOU yourself. You can enlist the help of God if you like. This speeds up the process by which you learn to control your mind to the degree where you can be full of love all the time and anger slowly disappears. Then there is no discipline to control your emotions because this problem simply does not exist for you. But of course this is, for most of us, a long way off. So let us simply concentrate on being loving today. Certainly this is going to help us in our efforts tomorrow.
You cannot conquer fear until the mind is at peace. If the mind is allowed to stray from its path then again you will find some fears cropping up time and again. So first, relax your mind through this Yajnya purification and meditate at the times given. Then gradually your life may change. Do not be afraid of this. Changes come with development, whether this development is positive or negative, for better or worse. So in any life, situations change constantly. The changes are or can be abrupt and overwhelming but once your mind adjusts to the new development you will find even abrupt changes go smoothly. When you begin on any spiritual path, whether it is one you have designed or one which you have adapted yourself to, you will find your interests may change, your friends’ attitude toward you may change. You may acquire new friends as you become more and more devoted to your search. There is nothing to fear about this. If you move from city to country, you make new friends in a new environment. It is like that, only it is your mind that is moving from one place to another.
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 sciences 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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