Agnihotra Ayurveda Meditation

 

Agnihotra Meditation for Healing the Atmosphere

This is part 2 of my  series of articles on Agnihotra Ayurveda Meditation.  Check out part 1 to learn about the science of Agnihotra and current  climate issues.
Agnihotra is an Ayurveda Homa (fire) meditation done precisely at sunrise and sunset. Agnihotra meditation  heals the atmosphere, been scientifically proven to reverse pollution, and heals people. It’s performed by using dried cow dung, rice, and ghee while chanting Sanskrit mantras.
Agnihotra is mentioned in the The Vedas. The Vedas(there are four), is an ancient collection of spiritual knowledge  consisting of: hymns, Hindu scriptures, and rituals that still can be applied to the modern world.
This post is geared toward the seeker that is ready to start regular Agnihotra meditation practice, already has bought the items needed to perform it, and wants to memorize the mantras.
Let’s take a look at the etymology of  the word ,“Agnihotra” : Sanskrit word. (Agni)  means fire, (Hotra) means offering.
 

Group Agnihotra Sessions

Group Agnihotra

Group Agnihotra at Roswell Waterfall in Atlanta

I have been doing Agnihotra  for more than four  years and I also teach donation based sessions to the community, in my home, once a week. Click here to contact me and view the nationwide practitioner list to join a group.

Sanskrit Mantra Pronunciations

You chant Sanskrit mantras as part of performing Agnihotra meditation.  Sanskrit is the oldest known language to man. It’s the language of Indian and the liturgical language of Hinduism, Buddhism, and Jainism. Sanskrit isn’t used in common everyday language, but is used in religious ceremonies.
Sunrise Mantra Pronunciation: 

sooryáya swáhá, sooryáya idam na mama
(after the word swáhá, add rice and ghee mixture into the fire)

prajápataye swáhá, prajápataye idam na mama
(after the word swáhá, add rice and ghee into the fire)

 

 

Meaning:

You don’t do a word- by- word translation to understand  the meaning. Basically, the words are different ways of saying, you are doing this offering for  God or The Creator.

Sooryáya, prajá, pataye–these are all different ways of expressing and saying, God or The Creator

 

“Unto the sun I am offering this
offering. This is not mine, this is Thine.”

Sooryáya … sun
swáhá … offering
Sooryáya … sun
idam … this
na mama … not mine
prajá … all the living
pataye … the lord
swaha, … offering
prajá … all the living
pataye … the lord
idam … this
na mama … not mine

Sunset Mantra Pronunciation:  

agnaye swáhá, agnaye idam na mama
(after the word swáhá, add  rice and ghee into the fire)

prajápataye swáhá, prajápataye idam na mama
(after the word swáhá, add rice and ghee into the fire)

 

 

 

Meaning:

You don’t do a word- by- word translation to understand  the meaning. Basically, the words are different ways of saying, you are doing this offering for  God or The Creator.

Agnaye, prajá, pataye–these are all different ways of expressing and saying, God or The Creator

 

“Unto the fire I am offering all.

This offering is not mine it is Thine.”
Agnaye … fire
swáhá … offering
Agnaye … fire
idam … this
na mama … not mine
prajá- … all the living
pataye … The Lord
swáhá … offerino
prajá … all the living
pataye …The Lord
idam … this
na mama … not mine

 

Learn more about mantra meanings here  

Calculating Accurate timings to do mantra chants, click here

Please note that the Vedic way of calculating sunrise or sunset is when the middle of sun sits exactly at the horizon.

Click the link above, put in your address and it will generate a PDF based on your address. You may have to put it in twice because it can be a little buggy. You will know it’s properly going to the next step when on the map, it will say something like “check the accuracy of your location,” then you click next after that.

The Vedic Society has a phone app available to calculate time. Currently  it costs $3.00. Go to the Google Play Store to purchase here

 

Thanks for reading this article. To learn more please check out part 1 of my YouTube talk about Agnihotra.