From Shree Vasant’s Teachings
On Pranayama and Hatha Yoga
Pranayama greatly affects the mind now, especially when it is done in the period immediately following Agnihotra in that atmosphere where the fire is still ablaze. It helps strengthen the mind, the power of discrimination. It does this noticeably and immediately if done regularly and with concentration. It is healing to the body and especially to the mind and one may find effects like a “high” if practiced correctly with concentration and intensity. Pranayama becomes extremely important, extremely beneficial from now. Also some Hatha yoga could be done by everyone. Not much is necessary, just enough to keep the body supple.
Importance of Yajnya
The principles of life must be restarted now on this earth. All life must be made aware that Yajnya is necessary to survive. We withdraw nutrients from the environment; they must somehow be replaced. Yajnya is the means.
The earth is wasting away. Yajnya is the only way to save it.
On the Agnihotra pyramid
During Agnihotra much of the energy is expelled upward and somewhat to the East. If one is ill, one should ideally sit close to the pyramid and face West [opposite the one performing Agnihotra–Ed.].
One should leave the ash in the Agnihotra pyramid until the next Agnihotra. If one can deal with discipline, only the right hand should be used in removing the ash from the pyramid and only with Mantra or proper thought.
The Agnihotra pyramid need not be mishandled. No need to bang it against another object. It also has not to be thoroughly cleaned like by scrubbing or such thing. THE IDEA IS TO TRY TO KEEP THE AGNIHOTRA PYRAMID SHAPE INTACT AS MUCH AS POSSIBLE.
On Destruction and Healing (from August 21, 1980 Satsang)
World is in for a big shock. This is just the beginning. Now people are aware but it is nearly too late. Much has been done in violation of natural law and now what is to come is what has already been sown.
There is much distress now everywhere. We must concentrate on all avenues of HEALING. Agnihotra, Yajnya, Hatha Yoga, meditation, then all types of healing, herbal healing above all. Let us not concentrate on the negative aspects. Even in a world such as this one, we must look to the positive, how to heal rather than how sick it is.
We are nearing an age when much destruction will predominate our thoughts, all our actions and words. We must give ourselves to the task of spreading love throughout the planet. Let us not be short-tempered. Let us not be thoughtless of the next person.
Now we must endure certain inconveniences which will be a direct result of disasters to come. If there is no water in an area, certainly if one of you lives in that area, you also will have not water. STILL THINGS WILL BE MADE EASY FOR ALL OF YOU NOW who are practicing Agnihotra and Yajnyas.
MANTRA WORKS WITH GREAT POWER NOW. Mantra is as powerful inwardly as is Yajnya on atmosphere.
Situations everywhere are tense and unbearable but we must not allow these “outer circumstances” to deter us from our goal, which is happiness. THE GOAL IS TO BE FULL OF LOVE IN OUR THOUGHTS, WORDS AND ACTIONS. Let us not fall prey to temptation to judge others or to decide for them their own fate. Let us keep silent if we cannot do good deeds.
The children are blessed. They are to lead the world to its salvation. Children know and understand far more, far deeper than we realize. Let the voice of the children be heard. They are the real prophets.