By Jessica Auza, Peru
Bhrugu Aranya....ahhhhh....is a place where the healing sound of silence is always audible, where it is easier to get more in touch with your true self--to be more aware of what inside may still need some polishing (like fears which may have been blocking your way) but also where you can even go through the relieving experi- ence of seeing them go.
It’s a place where each person you come across is a healer in his own way, where, through inter- action, your needs are well taken care of, unex- pectedly, like a gift from God.
Here, Divine love is ever pulsating and manifest- ing in every way. In case you forget, you will be constantly reminded of the Divine ́s infinite love and care.
This is a place which allows you to communi- cate with your soul, to find your own strength, to deeply connect with sister souls, to discover interconnectedness among beings and with all Nature. Here you can learn to truly listen and to express yourself in so many creative ways.
When I was a school boy I remember the other boys and I were talking about what we would do if there was a nuclear war. Everyone else agreed that they would rather die than survive and try to live in the aftermath of such a war. I, on the other hand, felt strongly that I would want to survive and live. There has always been a strong sense of survival in me, and the belief that a better world can be created and will be created. I was born 2 months premature, and I guess that strong sense of survival, that determined will to live, was born in me then and carried me through that delicate time into today.
AGNIHOTRA - An Ancient Solution for Agriculture of the 21st Cent by Cle Latouf
Agnihotra has its origins in the most ancient Vedic sciences of bio-energy, medicine, agriculture and climate engineering. When Agnihotra is applied in medicine and agriculture it is called Homa Therapy. When Homa Therapy is applied to Agriculture it is called Homa Organic Farming. Homa Organic Farming is a system of agriculture that can be added to any organic farming practice. This ancient Vedic farming technique promises an increase in crop yields with minimal input costs. The practice is used to treat the atmosphere, the soil, plants, pests and disease problems.
Vedic sciences have been used predominantly in India and South America. I stumbled upon this technique in the South of India. According to Martin Gluckman, head of the Vedic society, “Many people are led to believe biodynamics originated from Rudolf Steiner but when traced back, it actually stems from ancient Vedic knowledge.” When invited to an Agnihotra conference presented by Dr. Ulrich Berk, my interest was immediately sparked.
Our way of life has intensified the quantum of pollution. No place can be called safe from pollution. What varies is the type of pollutant and the degree of pollution. Pollution is of various types such as gaseous pollution, water pollution, food pollution, radioactive pollution and so on. Of these types microbial pollution is the most important type of pollution for people in the medical or paramedical field.
Microorganisms are ubiquitous in nature.
There are mainly two types, namely non-pathogenic or saprophytic (harmless and not causing any disease) and pathogenic (disease producing). There are certain opportunistic pathogens which, given a chance, can produce disease in human beings. Thus the mere presence of these microorganisms in a definite strength in various media can produce contaminants.
Microorganisms like Salmonellae, Shigellae or Vibrios contaminate water, eatables, milk and milk products. When the contaminated eatables are consumed the individual suffers from typhoid, bacillary dysentary or cholera. Similarly, organisms like Staphylococci cause food poisoning by increasing toxins in food.
It has been 235 years since Thomas Paine penned the words that form the title of this piece. Though he was referring to the American Revolution, the words might just as easily be referring to current events in any of a half dozen Middle Eastern countries.
Furthermore, it is not at all a stretch to apply them to all of this planet’s inhabitants, for very few of which can life be described as a “walk in the park.”
Blessed or cursed as we all are to breathe and be exposed to basically the same atmosphere regardless of where we live or travel, it might be said we are all in the same boat. Considering matters, that boat might best be an ARK, as whether it be by flood, by drought, or name your poison, to describe these times we live in as those that try men’s souls, is not hyperbole.
As International Women’s Day was just celebrated, permit me to note that women’s souls are no less being tried than men’s. After all, Mr. Paine was perhaps catering to budding voters at the time, none of which were to be women for many, many years.
Now if I am to be the bearer of unpleasant news, lest I be labeled a doomsday purveyor, let me try to balance things.
Mother Earth created herbs as a natural medicine chest for all beings that inhabit this planet. In ancient times, man was led by instinct and knew exactly which herbs to use. In modern times where contact with Nature has been lost, our natural inner wisdom and intuition has also been forgotten. Yet the healing plants continue to live in the pastures, forests and gardens. Let us recognize them again and learn to use the amazing bounty of Nature.
DEVA HERB WORKSHOP
at Bhrugu Aranya
Our first Homa Herb Workshop was held at Bhrugu Aranya Homa Farm this July. The workshop was led by Asia and Rory Maher, in their recently built their straw bale house in our community and who for ten years have been growing Homa Herbs and gaining practical experience in their medicinal uses.
EARTH DAY CELEBRATION BHRUGU ARANYA
APRIL 22, 2010
To celebrate the worldwide 40th anniversary of Earth Day, our Bhrugu Aranya community planned a celebration that included tree planting, Yajnya, a mini workshop on Homa herbs & teas, a showing of the straw bale house, a potluck vegetarian dinner, followed by Agnihotra and crystal singing bowl with toning. We sent out emails and letters to everyone in our network, knowing that Thursday was not the best day for working people, and many live at a distance from our farm centre. Still, we wanted to connect with the energy of Earth Day being celebrated around the world, which also coincided with the global Mega Yajnya also scheduled for four hours during the day.
Here nestled in Southern Poland, about 600 meters high, far enough from Warsaw to be mostly unaffected by the political events in Poland , yet close enough to Krakow to avail ourselves of the cultural offerings there, we continue our march into Spring.
I understand now the greater emphasis on monitoring weather here than in say, Southern California or India. It changes on a dime and grey often being the colour de jour here in winter, the sun is appropriately praised when making an appearance.
Note that I am writing after 7 months here, 6 1/2 of which have been winter and a very short autumn. Read more in 5 1/2 months after which a Spring and Summer, the likes of which travel journals wax poetic, will have manifested.
THE UNIQUENESS AND SPECIALNESS OF BHRUGU ARANYA:
FULL MOON AND NEW MOON
Among the many unique and special activities that grace Bhrugu Aranya, two highlights each month are what takes place on Full Moon and New Moon days.
Though, of course, daily sunrise/sunset Agnihotra fire is the core of the setting up of the healing energy field here, one of the three other fires that are done here is performed 24 hours, non-stop on Full Moon and New Moon days.
The Om Tryambakam Homa (Homa is a Sanskrit word for fire) is done approximately 12 hours before and 12 hours after the exact moments of the Full and No Moon as a team effort by residents here.
It is a truly wonderful time also for guests to come and either just experience the energy and/or also participate if they wish. The mantra is easy to learn and anyone is welcome to attend while the only requirement for participation in making offerings to the fire is that the person already be performing Agnihotra daily.
There are some additional rules that pertain to women coming to Bhrugu Aranya that should be consulted on the website.
Homa Therapy: Ancient, scientific methods to heal our environment, purify the atmosphere, body and mind.
In recent years, the awareness of the importance of one’s personal health has increased. Healthy eating and regular yoga classes have become the normal aids for staying balanced and vibrant in an increasingly toxic world. Efforts towards environmentally friendly practices such as recycling, using natural soaps and biodegradable washing products are of great importance to our conscious selves. However, how can we undo the damage that centuries of ignorance and greed have done to our once abundant and beautiful planet? One Eco-farming community in Poland is venturing on such practices. As well as making every effort to live organically and become fully self-sustainable, they practice ancient healing rituals originating in the Vedas, to cleanse and heal our damaged eco system.