Yagna, A way to purify the air and envirnoment
Today the air we breathe in is loaded with harmful gases like NO2, CO, SPM and RSPM, which are all above the standards prescribed by the Government and are extremely harmful for human health. There are also new species of bacteria and virus coming up which cause new diseases and are resistant to old drugs. The wastes from the industries as well as the city is being dumped into the rivers, thereby causing severe water pollution. The indiscriminate use of pesticides and synthetic chemical fertilizers has resulted in poisoning of underground water reserves and also resulted into loss of soil fertility. To top it all the lack of empathy of the people to these problems has made it worse. Governments is spend hundreds of thousands of dollars for tackling this problem but not much results are seen.
Gayatri and Yagya are the pillars of Indian philosophy and culture. Gayatri Mantra, the eternal source of universal knowledge is deciphered and the cosmic energy of sound contained in is activated and expanded with the help of Yagya. The four Vedas reveal the philosophy of the eternity and absolute complementary role of Gayatri and Yagya in the divine creation. Atharvaveda deals with mantra and in modern understanding falls under a category of sound therapy for the treatment of the ailing human system at the physical, psychological and spiritual levels. The Samaveda focuses on the musical chanting patterns of the mantras and the subtle form of Yagya by defining the later as the process of mental oblation on the surface of internal emotions through the cosmic radiation of the omnipresent subtle energy of sound. The Yajurveda emphasizes the knowledge of principles and methods of performing Yagya as Spiritual and Scientific experiments for global welfare.
Yagya is the selfless sacrifice for noble purposes. Sacrificing of the ego, selfishness and material
attachments and adopting rational thinking, humane compassion and dedicated creativity for the welfare of all is indeed the best Yagya which should be performed by all human beings. The philosophy of Yagya teaches an art of living in the society in harmony, a living style to promote and protect higher human values in the society which is actually the basis of the ideal human culture.
The seva yagya, the service of the society is a noble example of Yagya. The Gnana Yagya, shows the service of people by enlightening their lives in the glow of knowledge and education. The Prana Yagya reveals the service of saving the lives of people from suffering and agonies, inspiring livelines and respect for life in them. A variety of such Yagya are described in the Shastras. In physical terms, Yagya is a process aimed at he refinement of the subtle energy existing in matter with the help of thermal energy of the mantras. The knowledge of philosophy and science of Yagya is an essential for understanding and experimenting the science of spirituality as the knowledge of elementary physics is for material based sciences. The experiments of Yagya, when performed at a small scale in day to day life are called Havan or Agnihotra. This science is hardly understood or acknowledged by the West but now using Western science to prove what has already been known, written, and handed down in another culture may finally bring some needed change of attitude towards the Western sciences look at vedic sciences.
Ph.D. work of Dr. (Mrs.) Mamta Saxena
In an endeavour to find some solution which is effective and long lasting for this environmental problem, the vedic science of ‘Yagya’ was chosen for the necessary experimentation to see if it actually helped in the reduction of air pollution as mentioned in the ancient books. All the experiments were conducted in collaboration with Central Pollution Control Board, Delhi.
Initially several types of wood were burnt to see the CO emissions from each of them. The emissions were recorded on digital analog . It was found that the mango wood gave almost near zero CO emission. Hence the mango wood was taken as the basic Samidha for the experiment. The special Havan Samigri prescribed by Brahma Varchas, for the purification of atmosphere, was used along with the normal havan samigri. As far as possible Cow’s pure ghee was used for the Havan.
In all the experiments, the effect of Yagya was studied on the atmospheric odour, on the air microflora and also on the gaseous pollutants like NO2, SO2 and RSPM. The effect of odour was very good as after Yagya, the nice smelling odour lingered on till the evening and a very faint smell remained till the next day (in the indoor experiments).
One experiment was continued till 7 days after Yagya resulting an impressive reduction of 93%, in bacteria, 8% in fungi and 93% in pathogen, as compared to their respective backgrounds showing the effect of Yagya is long lasting and it continues till long after the physical process has occurred. It is the general belief that any type of fumes help in the reduction of air microbes. In the experiments of comparison of Yagya with that of non- Yagya, proper Yagya was performed at one place and plain wood was burnt at another place keping factors like temperature, humidity, number of persons, air flow etc., as constant and samples of air were taken before Yagya, during Yagya and till two days after
Yagya. The results were very surprising. In the case of Yagya where there was a reduction of 79%, 68% ,69% and 3% respectively as compared to the background in the bacteria, fungi, TMF and the pathogens till two days after the Yagya there was an increase of 11%, 257%, 104% and 10% respectively as compared to the background, one day after the Non-Yagya experiment. The same experiment was repeated again after one year and the results of this experiment were again similar. In fact he fumigation of simple wood has led to an increase in the counts in most of the cases. Whereas on the other hand the smoke/gases produced as a result of Yagya led to an overall decrease in the
Air microflora in the atmosphere.
Another study was conducted in the open air at a place called Karawal Nagar in East Delhi where a large scale Yagya of 108 Kunds was performed. The sampling was done in the same way as in the case of indoor experiments and a comparison of the microbe colony counts during and after Yagya was made with the background. The experiment continued from 12th to 16th of Yagya and the sampling was continued till two days after the Yagya. The results show that in comparison with the background counts, there was a reduction of 5% in bacteria, 15% in fungi, and 79% in the pathogens on the next day after the Yagya was over. The reduction in pathogens was 79% even on the second day after Yagya. The total micro flora had reduced by 49% on the 2nd day after Yagya. (Experiments conducted under Central Pollution Control Board, Delhi.)
This is just a small sample of what knowledge lies blind to the modern world in the vedic sciences. When it is then taken by the Western world and capitalized upon to create income, the dharma is lost and the knowledge is as well.
A copy of the studies can be found here: http://ijirse.in/docs/Apr14/IJIRSE140407.pdf
Information on how to do your own Aginihotra and supplies can be found here: http://www.agnihotra.org/