Maria Mamud writes:
In April, 1998 I traveled to Uruguay to visit my mother. I spent two weeks in Paysandu, capital of the Department of Paysandu, city where I was born and where I lived until I was nineteen years old. To everyone I met, I talked about Homa Therapy.
Last year my cousin, Alicia Leites de Caraccio and her husband Juan Caraccio came to Miami and they learned about Agnihotra. They bought a pyramid and when they went back to Paisandu they started to practice this therapy. Alicia was most enthusiastic about it. Since they had started practicing Agnihotra, everything went well for them. Their problems disappeared. Especially they started to do very well in their real estate business. Even though Juan was not always participating, he would ask Alicia to do Agnihotra.
They suggested that I hire a cleaning lady to help my mother, who could also give her some companionship. The lady who was chosen by my mother was a very sick person who has suffered for many years from asthma. When I met her I saw her in such bad shape that after we signed the contract I explained Agnihotra to her. Immediately, she told me that she wanted to do it. The next day she came to learn it. From the first day, she started feeling much better. Even pain that she had been suffering from for many years started to disappear after the first day. She also used to sleep very badly because of her asthma. From the first day she started to sleep much better—one more hour than before. Her whole chest also started to clear out and eliminate a lot of congestion and she started to breathe better. This made me decide to give her my pyramid.
The next day I picked up my cousin Anna. She is now forty years old, but when she was two she had bacterial meningitis, which left her severely mentally retarded. She has a lot of nervousness and behaves like a five-year-old girl. She is always asking questions about everything and cannot remain quiet or tranquil for even a little while. I exposed her to Agnihotra. After she inhaled the smoke, she remained silent and she didn’t ask any questions at all. She behaved as if she were a normal person. The effect of Agnihotra on my cousin was so strong that my aunt asked about it. My aunt is the kind of person who doesn’t believe in anything or anyone. She wanted to learn Agnihotra so she could practice it for Anna’s health. She decided that she was going to go to my mother’s house every afternoon at Agnihotra time.
I also told this experience to some of my friends. There are three sisters who are unmarried who live with their elderly parents who are very conservative. They react very negatively toward anything that is not the Catholic religion. They wanted to practice Agnihotra because their house was becoming full of water. All of the coast of the Uruguay River was inundated. Whole neighborhoods of the whole coast of the river is being affected by flooding. Poor people in the shanty towns and very wealthy people with beautiful houses have been hit by the floods. I told this family that Agnihotra is a protection from any ecological disaster that is coming, and that we have witnessed such cases. We decided to do an Agnihotra demonstration in their house.
I said I would go and look for the oldest sister, Sara Noriega, at the primary school where she works. I had received all of my primary school education in this Catholic school with Theresean nuns. It was founded by Father Paveda in Spain during the Civil War, when all priests and nuns were executed. Father Paveda decided to found a congregation of civilians who would be religious people who would teach Catholic religion in the schools.
I never would have imagined that now I was teaching Agnihotra to the director of the school. She was very interested in learning Agnihotra. She also told two of her friends about out it, one of whom is also a teacher at the school, so that they would go to the Agnihotra meeting which I held at my cousin’s house.
This meeting was a tremendous success. A veterinarian who attended the meeting told me that Agnihotra was going to expand itself in Paisandu because she has never seen so many people at a meeting at my cousin’s house and so many people interested in buying Agnihotra copper pyramids. This group already has a spiritual interest. They believe in extraterrestrials who are more evolved. They are people who are searching.
I also visited Mr. Sarnicola, a Brazilian agriculturist who wants to do organized agriculture. He has eight hectares of land. For four years he was working on a tobacco plantation but now he has done his first planting of avocados. When we went to visit him, he told us that there are so many different sickness affecting plants in Uruguay that nothing can be controlled. He also was very worried about his crop of tomatoes because in the neighboring area of Salto all the tomatoes had failed because sickness was destroying the crops. When we told him about Homa Therapy and Homa Agriculture he immediately said that he wanted to do it.
After I left Paisandu, many people called, wanting pyramids, sunrise/sunset timings and cassette tapes of the Agnihotra mantras. Alicia remains in charge of getting these things to the people. She said that her telephone keeps ringing constantly and people keep ringing her doorbell, asking about Agnihotra and Homa Therapy. This is why Shree Vasant always says that we make a little effort and everything is given by Grace.
I am grateful and I give thanks to Shree Vasant for having given me the opportunity to serve and to learn. Om Shree!