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Purify food through Balivaishwa and Pranagnihotra yagna

Balivaishwa Yagna

Balivaiswa has been considered important ever since the ancient days when the procedures of yagna came into being. Param pujya Gurudev Pt. ShriRam Sharma Acharya propagated Balivaiswa along with yagna. This is a simple process but very effective.

The five ahutis in Balivaiswa have been described as Panchamahayagna by Param Pujya Gurudev. One should understand why the prefix of ‘Maha’ has been given by Gurudev for such a simple process. Offering ahutis to Brahma, Devata and Rishi mentioned in Pachamaha yagnas is not to appease them by offering food. Instead, we should strive to imbibe the noble qualities that are symbolized by these Divine beings. We should invest our time and resources in developing the divine qualities.
1.    Brahma Yagna : Inspires us towards Brahma Jnana or Atma Jnana. It symbolizes the give-take processes between the Jeevatma (Individual) and Paramatma (Almighty)      .

2.    Deva Yagna: The objective of Deva yagna is to accelerate the process of evolving from animal instincts towards human beings. One should mould their Guna (characteristics)-karma (actions)-swabhava (inherent nature) according to Divine principles. Purity and generosity should be imbibed.

3.    Rishi Yagna: The main principle behind Rishi yagna is to uplift the downtrodden. This involves the penance to enhance nobility and good-naturedness. One should derive inspiration from the ancient rishis and sages and imbibe their noble ideals.      

4.    Nara Yagna: The meaning of Nara yagna is to create an atmosphere in the society which reflects the glory of human nature. One should maintain the dignity of human life and abide by the rules set for a man’s behavior. He should strive to evolve from human to Divine state (Nara to narayana). He should live like a global citizen and develop an all-encompassing nature towards other beings.

5.    Bhoota Yagna: The emotion behind Bhoota yagna is to extend one’s sympathy and feelings towards other lower beings as well. One should strive for even maintaining the flora and fauna inhabiting this planet. 

The first morsel of cooked food should be offered to fire along with jaggery and ghee with the following mantras being chanted

Om bhur bhuvah swah tat savitur varenyam bhargo devasya dhimahi dhiyo yo nah prachodayat | swaha idam brahmane idam na mama||

Om bhur bhuvah swah tat savitur varenyam bhargo devasya dhimahi dhiyo yo nah prachodayat | swaha idam devebhyah idam na mama||

Om bhur bhuvah swah tat savitur varenyam bhargo devasya dhimahi dhiyo yo nah prachodayat | swaha idam rishibhyah idam na mama||

Om bhur bhuvah swah tat savitur varenyam bhargo devasya dhimahi dhiyo yo nah prachodayat | swaha idam narebhyah idam na mama||

Om bhur bhuvah swah tat savitur varenyam bhargo devasya dhimahi dhiyo yo nah prachodayat | swaha idam bhutebhyah idam na mama||

Pranagnihotra Yagna

Vedic scriptures describe our body to comprise of five tatvas, namely prithvi, jala, agni, vayu and akasha (Earth, water, fire, air and space). Hence body is also known by the name Panchabhautik sharer. The air that we breathe (pranayama with 7 vyahrutis) in conjunction with the food that is partaken with the mantra of swaha transforms into divine energy and creates favorable conditions for upasana, sadhana and aradhana of the sadhaks. When we eat food with this awareness and with this procedure, it becomes yagna. Mudras or the positions of fingers play an important role when we eat food in this manner. When we eat food with the associated mudras, the food is accepted by the respective divine energies who will in return bestow us with complete health.

1st step – Bhushuddhi : cleanse the area where you plan to eat food by sprinkling water along with chanting of Gayatri mantra.

2nd step – Dehashuddi: Clean your hands and legs before you eat. Perform moolabandha 7 times before commencing eating. This will help easy digestion of food.

1. Prana Ahuti

Mudra – Join the thumb, index and middle fingers

Take few grains of rice with ghee with your hand in the above mudra.

Meditate on: Color – Golden color; Rishi- Kshudagni; Devata – Sun; Chandas – Gayatri

Chant ‘Om pranaya swaha’ and put the rice in your mouth (preferably without touching the lips. Utter ‘idam aadi devaya na mama’. Lord savita accepts this ahuti and bestows us varchas. Our body will get tuned for doing Gayatri mantra japa. Good appetite is created. Anahata (Heart) chakra is activated.

2.     Apana Ahuti

Mudra – Join the thumb, middle and ring fingers

Take few grains of rice with ghee with your hand in the above mudra.

Meditate on: Color – milky white; Rishi- Shraddhagni; Devata – Soma; Chandas – Ushnik

Chant ‘Om apanaya swaha’ and put the rice in your mouth (preferably without touching the lips. Utter ‘idam somaya na mama’. Lord Soma or Moon accepts this ahuti. When pranashakti merges with Moon, we should feel that it is getting transformed into peace and health. Mooladhara (Base) chakra is activated.

3. Vyana Ahuti

Mudra – Join the thumb, ring and little fingers

Take few grains of rice with ghee with your hand in the above mudra.

Meditate on: Color – Lotus color; Rishi- Hutashanagni; Devata – agni; Chandas – Anushtup

Chant ‘Om vyanaya swaha’ and put the rice in your mouth (preferably without touching the lips. Utter ‘idam agnaye na mama’. The food received in Vyana mudra influences the Swadhistana chakra. The energy flows from navel to the toe and protects us from any diseases related to these body parts.

4. Udana Ahuti

Mudra – Join the thumb, little and index fingers

Take few grains of rice with ghee with your hand in the above mudra.

Meditate on: Color – Arudra; Rishi- Agni; Devata – Vayu; Chandas – Brihati

Chant ‘Om udanaya swaha’ and put the rice in your mouth (preferably without touching the lips. Utter ‘idam vayuve na mama’. This mudra affects vishuddhi chakra. The food along with mantra shakti works from throat to head upwards and gives good voice.

5.  Samana Ahuti

Mudra – Join the tips of all the five fingers

Take few grains of rice with ghee with your hand in the above mudra.

Meditate on: Color – Red; Rishi- Agni; Devata – Parjanya; Chandas – Pankti

Chant ‘Om samanaya swaha’ and put the rice in your mouth (preferably without touching the lips. Utter ‘idam parjanyaya na mama’. This ahuti activates the manipuraka chakra because of which the entire region from the heart to navel remains healthy. This also ensures good breathing process.

By following the rules given above and eating food as per the procedure given ensures that you enjoy a healthy and peaceful life. This procedure targeted for your spiritual progress also transforms you into Divine Man. This is what has been described as the true Brahmanism by Param Pujya Gurudev.

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Jesus was a vegetarian

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Sincere Prayer for humanity

Samastha Loka Sukhino Bhavanthu

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Sri Chakra Darshana Trailer

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Prayer of Surrender

Why get agitated? Let Me take care of all your business. I shall be the one who will think about them. I am waiting for nothing else than your surrender to Me, and then you do not have to worry any more about anything. Say farewell to all fears and discouragement. You demonstrate that you do not trust Me. On the contrary, you must rely blindly on Me.

To surrender means: To turn your thoughts away from troubles, to turn them away from difficulties you encounter and from all your problems. Leave everything into My hands saying “Lord, Thy will be done. Thou think of it.” That is to say: “Lord I thank you for you have taken everything in your hands, and you will resolve this for my highest good.”

Remember that thinking of the consequences of a thing is contrary to surrender. That is to say, when you worry that a situation has not had the desired outcome, you thus demonstrate that you do not believe in My love for you. You will prove that you do not consider your life to be under My control and that nothing escapes Me.

Never think: How is this to end?… What is going to happen? If you give into this temptation, you demonstrate that you do not trust Me. Do you want Me to deal with it…yes or no? Then you must stop being anxious about it! I shall guide you only if you completely surrender to Me and when I must lead you into a different path than the one that you expect, I carry you in My arms.

What seriously upsets you is your reasoning, your worrying, your obsession, your will to provide for yourselves at any price. I can do so many things when the being, as much in his material necessities as in his spiritual ones, turns to Me saying: “You think of it.” then he closes his eyes and rests quietly. You will receive a lot but only when your prayer will rely fully upon Me. You pray to Me when in pain so that I intervene, but in the way you desire it. You do not rely on Me, but you want Me to adjust your requests.

Don’t behave like sick ones who ask a treatment to the doctor, all the time suggesting it to him. Do not do that; but rather, even in sad circumstances, say: “Lord I praise and thank You for this problem, for this necessity. I pray You to arrange things as You please for this terrestrial and temporal life. You know very well what is best for me.”

Sometimes you feel that disasters increase instead of diminish. Do not get agitated. Close your eyes and tell me with faith: “Thy will be done. You think of it.” And when you speak thus, I accomplish a miracle when necessary. I only think of it when you trust me totally. I always think of you, but I can only help you completely when you rely fully on Me.

—Sathya Sai Baba

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Swami with cymbals

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