Yagna for Peace

Yagna for Peace

Yagna holds a special significance for Hindus. It is one of the oldest rituals of India, a tradition which began in the Vedic era. Essentially, Yagna refers a fire ceremony with people gathering around a trough with firewood burning in it. As the flames go up, the priest performing the Yagna offers submits an offering made up of various elements such as sesame seeds, rice, ghee, incense and sandalwood. These are typically collected from the attendees. These offerings (known as ahuti) symbolise impurities – anger, greed, jealousy, grudges, pains and obstacles – that are sacrificed for attaining purity of mind, heart and soul. So Yagna is, in essence, a purifying ritual. It has been said that simply inhaling the smoke of a holy yagna fire has the ability to cure ailments of the lungs or respiratory system.

But Yagna is often performed with a purpose. Like the way it was recently, at Krishnai Hall in Pokhran. About 250 peace-loving Thaneites got together on Sunday, March 02, 2003 at the open-air hall, located among beautiful trees. The event was a Lakshmi Yagna being performed with the objective of bringing in World Peace.

The highlight of the Yagna was the priest who carried out the Yagna. Swami Bhaneshwaranand, the spiritual master who performed Sunday’s Yagna holds an M.Tech from IIT!   Not happy with the materialistic pleasures life had to offer, he turned towards spiritual pursuits. Even as a child, he is supposed to have to been inclined towards spirituality.

Initiated to spirituality by his guru Shri Sachiddanand, Bhaneshwaranand has done substantial research on the effects of mantras and tantra sadhana (a form of meditation). He runs an Ashram in Baroda called Adhyatma Shakti Kendra, a foundation for providing astrological, tantrik and spiritual services.

To the 250 odd attendees of Yagna, Bhaneshwaranand offered some much needed insights into the "science of Yagna", mantras and other age-old Vedic Rituals. He condemned the Black Magicians and said that they give such holy practices a bad name. He stressed the importance of such Yagnas and said it assumed even more importance in the present times, when the whole world is reeling under threats of war, extreme corruption and other social ailments.

Starting at eight in the morning, the Yagna and the spiritual discourse lasted approximately three hours. Though people had to sit for such an extended period of time, no one showed any signs of discomfort – perhaps because the spiritual and mental peace they found helped them overcome the physical discomfort.

People were particularly happy with the interactive Q&A session as their doubts were put to rest by the savvy Swamiji who provided them more than some food for thought.

Most attendees felt that such Yagnas should be organised with more regularity, for it only benefits those to participate but also sends out powerful prayers into the cosmos, for the larger good of mankind.

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