Agnihotra Ayurveda Practice

 

Agnihotra Meditation for Healing the Atmosphere

This is part 2 of my  series of articles on Agnihotra Ayurveda Practice.  Check out part 1 to learn about the science of Agnihotra and current climate issues.
Agnihotra is an Ayurveda Homa (fire) practice 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 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 Ayurveda 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

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Group Agnihotra at Roswell Waterfall in Atlanta

I teach Agnihotra, Homa Therapy, and Ayurveda at Shanti Atlanta located in Conyers, GA.  Click the link to set up a time to join me for Agnihotra.

Sanskrit Mantra Pronunciations

You chant Sanskrit mantras as part of performing Agnihotra.  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

Here is a video of me and my teacher, Sri Charles of Shanti Villa Institute (Tuskegee, AL), going over how to say mantras.  Listen to the Agnihotra mantras for sunrise and sunset. We also go over the Mahamrityunjaya (full moon) and the Vyahruti mantras. 

 

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 the sun sits exactly on 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.