How to Practise Agnihotra
Uncooked, unbroken pieces of rice preferably less polished or whole brown rice should be used for Agnihotra. If the rice is broken the chemical analysis of both pieces may be the same but the subtle energy structure is broken and hence, it should not be used for Agnihotra healing fire, states the ancient science of bioenergy.
Ghee (Clarified Butter):
Place pure UNSALTED, unadulterated butter from cow’s milk in a saucepan and bring it to a slow boil over low heat. Remove and discard the white substance that rises to the top. Strain the liquid through a fine strainer. What passes through is ghee. Store the ghee in a container. It does not have to be refrigerated. Please note ghee must be only 100% pure cow’s ghee and not from the buffalo or any other species.
Dried Cow Dung:
Dried cow dung cakes are used to prepare Agnihotra fire
How to prepare dried cow dung: Make pancake-like patties from fresh cow dung and let them dry in the sun on a window screen or similar material. Store the dry dung patties for daily use. Cow dung is medicinal. In all ancient cultures, like the native Indians of North and South America, Scandinavians, Asians and Africans, cow dung applications are used for a variety of ailments. In books of folk medicine practiced in Europe, one finds many references to cow dung as a medicinal substance. When we use the words cow dung, we mean dung from the male or female progeny of the cow species only.
Morning Agnihotra mantra:
sooryáya idam na mama
Evening Agnihotra mantra:
agnaye idam na mama
Accented "á" is pronounced as the ‘a’ in father. Unaccented "a" is pronounced as the 'a' in mature.
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Last modified: Wednesday July 27, 2005.