‘It is not Mine’ ‘Idham na Mama’ is Yagna (Post No.9460)


Post No. 9460

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Letters to the Editor Column 2-5-1984 , Indian Express


This is with reference to Purification by Fire by Mr V R Harshan of Bombay (IE.April22). A special affair needs a spiritual consideration, not a materialistic approach. Any Yaga or a Yagna is a spiritual affair that defies any rational or materialistic consideration. Hence the question of money and time doesn’t arise.

There are innumerable government as well as private agencies to feed, clothe, shelter and educate the poor and the needy. Innumerable international agencies exist to provide medical facilities to the suffering. And many of them achieve their aims. Some are mismanaged and the funds allotted for common purpose never reach the common man and there is no need to add one more to these.

It is alleged that the Soma Yaga is devoid of any beneficial effect. The learned friend has said that it cannot even cure common cold. No known medical system on earth has ever devised a remedy for common cold. Should we lose faith in all these systems? Crimes of all sorts are reported every day in newspapers.

Do we lose faith in police or judiciary?

A Yagna is the alphabet of altruism. It trains people to supress egoism (selfishness ) and promote a sense of sacrifice for altruistic purposes. When any offering is casting in fire, in a Yagna, the performer says,

,idam na mama

This is not mine.

Is this attitude not healthy for the creation of a healthy sociry?

The Yagnas and Yagas do have scientifically established attendant benefits. It has been proved beyond doubt that it purifies the atmosphere; creates congenial atmosphere for the precipitation of rain; can reduce mental tension; can reduce bacteria l growth; can reduce the period of germination; the ashes from the Agnihotra could cure a disease — Alternaria blight — in mustard seeds.

Vide experiments by

1.Mr Barry Rathner, American Psychologist, Department of Experimental Pschychololgy, University of Pune.

2.Dr B G Bhujblal, Research Officer and Associate Professor, Mahtma Phule University, Maharashtra

This does not mean that the writer agrees with the animal sacrifice performed in Soma Yagna at Trivandrum. The Vedas and Upanishads teach supreme love, mercy and knowledge. Any animal sacrifice in the name of Vedas is against Dharma, science or reason. The animal sacrifice that too in a Yagna is blasphemy and anti Vedic.

Finally, a new therapy called Homa Therapy of Agnihotra is being developed in the USA and West Germany. This involves the ashes of Yagna for curing several diseases such as cold, head ache, non-healing wounds, ringworm, diarhoea, tonsilitis, migraine etc.

Yagno vai shresti-tham

Karma—of all deeds , yagna is the noblest- Satapata Brahmana..

M Narayanasway, Organiser, Arya Samaj, Madurai, 2-5-1984

Indian Express, Madurai.

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