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Scientific Aspects of Agnihotra: Agriculture - Biodiversity (Part II)

      How does Homa Organic Farming help to calm down this "storm on the horizon", to bring Nature back to Harmony, to restore biodiversity?
Reports from farmers and scientific studies give some answers.
Let us start with an observation Rita and Thomas Hirt made on their Homa Farm in Rippistal, Switzerland. When they started the farm one big problem was that the meadows were widely covered with a tall growing weed, the broadleaf dock (Rumex obtusifolius). A few of these plants are o.k., they can even be used as medicine. But as these meadows are used for cows who graze there in summer and hay is made for winter, it was a problem that large areas were covered by broadleaf dock, making these areas useless.
All neighbouring farmers had the same problem – but they used herbicides to control the broadleaf dock. Not possible on a Homa Farm – and as we have seen this may solve one problem, but create more other problems as it brings Nature more away from Harmony.
Interesting what happened after some time of performing the Homa fires and spraying Agnihotra Ash water: Green dock beetles (gastroidea viridula) arrived in large number and controlled the broadleaf dock.
These beetles were not found on the meadows of neighbouring farms. This is an example how on a Homa Farm biodiversity is restored and automatically beneficial insects arrived. This also reminds on the experience which Abhay Mutalik Desai had on his farm where woolly aphid was controlled by two natural predators - Micromus igorotus and Dipha aphidivora (see Homa Health Newsletter # 136).

Greendock beetles arrive in large numbers.

Finishing broadleaf dock.

Scientific Aspects of Agnihotra: Agriculture - Biodiversity (Part I)

     Since more than a decade now a dramatic decline of bee population has been noticed worldwide. Now we learn that a similar decline can be found regarding all insects.
Recently an alarming study was published by scientists from Germany, Great Britain, and the Netherlands. Insects were captured in nature reserves throughout Germany and counted. This long-term study found that within 25 years there was a reduction of 75%!

Flying insects caught in a malaise trap, used by entomologists to collect samples.

Scientific Aspects of Agnihotra: Agriculture - Food Quality (Part II)

      Now let us see whether Homa Farming has a positive effect on the nutritional value also. Again we find a lot of information in the four M.Sc. theses done at Dharwad Agricultural University (Karnataka, South India). Homa Farming methods were compared with organic methods (without Homa) and with conventional farming methods. The crops planted were soy beans, cabbage, tomatoes, and okra. (Okra is also known as ladies’ fingers, a vegetable quite popular in Asian and African countries.)

Scientific Aspects of Agnihotra: Agriculture - Food Quality

      For good health, proper diet with nutritious vegetables, fruits, and grains is of great importance. But it seems that with the food produced nowadays our bodies often do not get all the micronutrients they need to maintain good health. Several recent studies show that there is a decline in nutritional value of vegetables, fruits, and grains.

Scientific Aspects of Agnihotra: Agriculture - Pests and Diseases

      Vedic Knowledge says that when we perform Agnihotra, a channel is created above the pyramid, going up 12 kilometres.
Prana energy - Life Energy – which lies above our atmosphere comes down through this channel. Because of pollution this flow of Prana energy might be blocked otherwise.

Scientific Aspects of Agnihotra: Agriculture - Crop Yield

       In the previous blog we summarized four M.Sc. theses from Dharwad University, Karnataka, India, which give ample evidence that with Homa Organic Farming a healthy micro-flora and micro-fauna in soil is created, thus rejuvenating the soil. This is of utmost importance as nowadays conventional farming which uses a wide range of agrochemicals is destroying this micro-flora and micro-fauna, thus leaving behind a soil which is more and more exhausted, no longer a rich living soil.

Effects of Homa Organic Farming on Soil Quality

       In my previous blog I quoted reports of FAO (the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations) saying that farming only 60 years of farming would be left if conventional farming would continue like today.
Also we quoted Shree Vasant Paranjpe stating that the soil has to be rejuvenated first by Homa Therapy, thus creating a healthy micro-flora and micro-fauna. This is the claim based on Vedic Knowledge. To which extent could this claim be validated by modern agricultural sciences?

Relationship of Agnihotra to Soil and Agriculture

     Previously we talked about the experiments on Homa Farming done at Palampur Agricultural University, Himachal Pradesh, Northern India. The experiments showed increased yields, better disease resistance, and better quality of the produce.
The second part of their research was about soil health, a very important factor for future production.

Effect of Agnihotra Atmosphere and Agnihotra Ash on Plant Growth and Soil Health

     Previously we have discussed the effects of Agnihotra and Agnihotra Ash on the growth and disease resistance of plants – both under lab conditions and in a greenhouse. But what are the effects in field conditions?

     The first systematic study on Homa Organic Farming was done in the CSK Agricultural University in Palampur (photo left), Himachal Pradesh (a Northern State in India, at the edge of the Himalaya mountains).

     Interesting how this research project started. In 2006, Karin Heschl and Bruce Johnson, both experts on Homa Organic Farming who live in India, gave presentations at a conference on organic farming.

Growth of Plants in Agnihotra Atmosphere and with Agnihotra Ash

     Previously, we saw that Agnihotra Ash helps seeds to germinate better. The same result we get when seeds are kept for germination in a room where Agnihotra is performed regularly.
These are very simple experiments which everybody can easily perform at home also. We again suggest that you try yourself – and then please also send us photos of your results.

    Definitely the germination stage is very important for the life of plants. But unless we are just interested in sprouts it is important to see how plants grow further until they are harvested. Will plants also grow faster in the later stages, will there be a stronger resistance against diseases and pests, etc.? What about the quantity, the quality of the produce, the nutritional value, the shelf life?
       There were a lot of observations and reports from people performing Agnihotra in their gardens as well as from farmers who performed Agnihotra in their fields and used Agnihotra Ash for irrigation and for preparing different sprays.

   One relatively simple "experiment was done in Fergusson College, Pune, India".
Two plants were maintained providing same amount of water, light and other environmental conditions. One was kept in a room where Agnihotra was performed and another was kept in another room where Agnihotra was not performed. See the difference in growth of these two plants:



Effect of Agnihotra and Agnihotra Ash on Seed Germination

           Earlier we have covered beneficial effects of Agnihotra and Agnihotra Ash on air, soil, and water resources, as well as on radioactive radiation. As environmental pollution naturally also affects plants as it affects us humans, it can be expected that both Agnihotra and Agnihotra Ash have beneficial effects on the growth and health of plants as well as their resistance against pests. The easiest way to experiment about that is by examining the germination of seeds, both in Agnihotra atmosphere and using Agnihotra ash.

Agnihotra and Radioactivity

When Agnihotra is performed, the Agnihotra smoke gathers particles of harmful radiation in the atmosphere and, on a very subtle level, neutralizes their radioactive effect. Nothing is destroyed, merely changed.
(Vasant V. Paranjpe, Homa Therapy – Our Last Chance, p. 21)
Till now we have covered beneficial effects of Agnihotra and Agnihotra Ash on air, soil and water resources. But there is one more environmental threat which affects all these areas and is especially dangerous as we do not detect it without senses: This is radioactivity.

Effects of Agnihotra and Agnihotra Ash on Soil

Earlier we had discussed how Agnihotra purifies our atmosphere and the water resources. Now let us have a look into the effect of Agnihotra on soil. Mostly people are not aware of how important soil is – although it is obvious that our lives depend on the thin layer of topsoil as we all feed on plants (even non-veg people do indirectly), and most plants need soil for growing.

Purification of Water by Agnihotra

Previously, we saw that Agnihotra purifies the air from pathogenic bacteria, reduces harmful chemicals in the air like NOx and SOx, and also reduces the quantity of particulate matter in the air (which is harmful for our respiratory system).
Today we want to discuss the effects of Agnihotra and Agnihotra Ash on water. We are advised to add Agnihotra Ash to our drinking water, and many of us are doing so regularly. Why is that recommended? The reason is: Agnihotra Ash removes pathogenic bacteria from water. This has been tested number of times. One impressive experiment was done by Dr. John Matlander (photo), Cuenca, Ecuador.

Purification of the Atmosphere by Agnihotra

The main statement of Homa Therapy is: Agnihotra heals the atmosphere – and the healed atmosphere heals the environment, plants, animals, and humans. How can we understand that statement in terms of modern science? And then, as a second step, see whether modern scientific research can either confirm or refute such statements?

We will cover all these aspects of Agnihotra – effects on our environment (air, soil, and water resources), plant life including agriculture and horticulture, animal health and animal breeding, and human health in successive articles.

Scientific Aspects of Agnihotra

    Many people have experienced the beneficial effects of Agnihotra on their own health and well-being, on animals, plants, and on the environment.
If we trust our own experience – we do not need any scientists to tell us that this method of Agnihotra has beneficial effects.
We have experienced such effects and each month we can see a lot of new evidence of healings by Agnihotra in this Homa Health Newsletter. That is enough reason to continue doing these healing fires – scientific confirmation is not really needed. Still there are some considerations why scientific research about Agnihotra and Homa Therapy makes sense:

Agnihotra Purifies Water

A simple experiment: We sterilized two bottles of water, kept one in the lab and one in an Agnihotra hut. After three days we brought the bottle back from the Agnihotra hut into the lab. Then one drop of contaminated water was added to each bottle, and then count of coliform bacteria was measured for three days.

Effect of Agnihotra on Air Pollution

We had a lot of experiments which show that Agnihotra reduces pathogenic particles in the air.

We did a new experiment in March in North Maharashtra University in Jalgaon (one hour away from Tapovan), measuring particulate matter in the air plus SOx and NOx using a High Volume Air Sampler.

See results below.

It was expected that during and right after Agnihotra there would be more particles in the air; any fire produces some smoke.

Dr. Ulrich Berk, right, with staff and students of North Maharashtra University, India
Dr. Ulrich Berk, right, with staff and students of
North Maharashtra University, Jalgaon, India

More Experiments with Agnihotra

More experiments regarding the effect of Agnihotra on purification of polluted air.
One was done at Vikram University in Ujjain, M.P., India, the other in North Maharashtra University in Jalgaon, Maharashtra, India.
Still waiting for the results of the Ujjain experiment - but the results of the Jalgaon experiment are there, showing that particulate matter is reduced by Agnihotra (although the count is little higher during and right after Agnihotra - which is expected, we are adding some smoke to the air). Same with SOx and NOx.

Firing the Grid - Agnihotras around the World on September Equinox, 2013

On September 21 & 22, 2013 Agnihotra practitioners from around the globe participated in a network of Agnihotra being performed on the September Equinox. The aim was to create a grid of Sacred Fires or 'firing the grid' and to ideally have two waves of Agnihotra fires moving around the planet (one for sunrise, one for sunset).

We received many responses from people all over the world informing their coordinates. We were amazed to find every continent represented, and people from Alaska to Africa, from Europe to U.S.A., Australia to Russia, Japan to Hawaii. There were more than 450 Meridiens of Longitude represented with Agnihotra Fires in more than 50 countries. There may have been more that we were unaware of.

Radioactivity and Homa Therapy

"There was a report from East of Poland that after Chernobyl Agnihotra and Tryambakam Homa helped to reduce the radiation level. The mode of measurement was with a pendulum. The report was published in a Journal for Radiestesia.

Homa Therapy in Ukraine

The Whole World Centre in Kiev had invited me to teach Agnihotra and Homa Therapy. I had met several leading members of that centre during the Summer Camp of Whole World Organization on an island of the Volga River in July earlier this year.

Homa Therapy Teaching Trip to Russia

Benedict from Moldova had informed me about a conference of the Anastasia organization in Gelendjik, South Russia (on the Black Sea).

Anastasia is a woman who lives in Siberia in the forest far away from all civilization. Even in winter she lives in natural caves and she just eats what nature offers her. There are books available now on her life and her mission, written by Wladimir Megre, who met her few times over there. Anastasia mentions the big changes which are going to come.

Homa Therapy Report from Moldova

Benedict Caraush writes from Moldova:
In my life during the last eighteen years I have come in contact with different spiritual ways, and practice different techniques like meditation, pranayama, fasting, etc. In 1996 for the first time I came in contact with Agnihotra through my Ukranian friend Andrey Guzanov. I was not so deeply touched because I later understood that one important thing had been missing: correct timing.

Homa Therapy in Moldova

Moldova, formerly part of the Soviet Union, is now an independent small country south of Ukraine and north-east of Romania. There is very little industry and the economy of the country is totally dependent on agriculture.

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