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Navaratri -4. Yagyas

The following days were full of Yagyas.

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Yagnas are the ancient method of enriching the subtle. They also purify the individual and the collective consciousness.

Yagna has three aspects:

1. Deva Puja: Acknowledging and honoring the Divine in all the forms.

2. Sangatikarana: Hastening the process of evolution by bringing together all the elements and people in creation.

3. Dana: Sharing and giving what one has been blessed with.

— Sri Sri

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Before the Yadnya begins, the priest takes permission of the host. Then the Mantras are chanted to invite the presence of deity. Even the musical instruments are played which are pleasant. Chants from all four vedas are offered. in the homa, 108 different kinds of herbs are offered, which have a cleansing effect on the body, through their fumes.

In Sudarshan homa I heard the line “Jwalam Paridhay” means to wear the fire! I was quite thrilled. I have decided to learn the Samskrit well so that I can understand the shlokas they sing!

Chandi homa, Rishi homa were amazing. It seemed as if, that I can’t easily take so much energy, and to contain it, I need to do much more sadhana and seva. It seemed that the true being of Guruji is very different and only for our ability to comprehend him and withstand him, he behaves the way he does. Otherwise Trance is a natural state for him!

Night Garba and Dandiya was also very good. One more thing on the agenda is to learn those Gujarati dance steps!!

The honor with which the priests do the puja, the reverence with which they keep repeating some of the routine things is amazing. The rituals are followed exactly as they are told in the scriptures, and everyone is in so much bliss as to dance on the day of ashtami…

Ashtami I obediently overate!

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