is also known as Havan. Yagna is very complex subject and a person
has to study it on its own.
Yagna creates a mandala, and each mandala invokes a specific cosmic
energy. The rituals performed in Rikhia were magnetic movements
or mudras. They were abhinaya, gestures to guide the macrocosmic
prana shakti into the microcosmic mandala that had been created.
Yagna has four basic parts. In the first part, an inert mandala
is created which is without life or prana shakti, the creation
of the form. In the second part, the image or form is infused
with prana shakti, the prana pratishtha. The third part is upachar,
intensification and magnification of the energy that has been
invoked. The fourth part is parayan or prasthan, the release of
energy, the culmination of the Yagna. These are the different
components of any Yagna.
word Yagna comes from the root yaj, meaning 'to offer'. It implies
the offering of all things that are pious and auspicious, which
nurture and sustain life and creation. This offering is made to
the cosmic, universal, global energies and the shakti in order
to sanctify the elements – earth, water, fire, air and ether.
The offering is made to charge the elements with nutrients, thus
increasing the healing properties of the elements.
are words of power which create a specific vibration in the environment.
Mantras purify the environment. The concept of mantra exists in
many mystic traditions, which in the past have used mantras to
aid the function of the elements, to control the elements, to
harness them for the betterment of society, the planet and creation.
Nowadays, the mantras that we recognize are those that give control
over the natural processes, with the strength to manipulate events.
Therefore, mantras may seem like magical spells, witchcraft and
wizardry, but in reality they have a different function to perform.
is the creation of a mandala, the cosmic image or symbol, at one
point in time, at one location in time, and it realigns all the
cosmic magnetic energy fields in the universe. There are different
kinds of Yagnas. Some Yagnas are performed for the betterment
of the human being. Some are done to assist the cosmic forces.
Others are to heal the elements. Others provide material gains
and benefits. In the past, Yagnas were conducted to bring about
a birth; for example, the births of Rama and his brothers, and
of Draupadi and Dhristadyumna, occurred as a result of Yagnas.
When a Yagna is performed correctly, it becomes a very powerful
instrument for bringing about a change. Therefore, Yagnas should
be performed wisely.