Agnihotra is merely a stepping stone in one’s spiritual development. Agnihotra prepares the mind for the dawning of higher knowledge. In enables the mind to be free, to be clear-thinking, by scientific methods as given through Vedas. It is so simple and the cost is minimal. You pay nothing except to purchase one copper pyramid-shaped pot. The supplies to be burned are very inexpensive and simple to obtain. Nothing is required. This was given and shall always continue to be given.
No money is ever to be charged to teach one Agnihotra. What other things you wish to teach, do so on your own, but Agnihotra is never to be charged for under any circumstance. It is ours by Grace that we can share with others.
Actually, the essential ingredients of Agnihotra are cowdung, ghee, and some grain. The grain chosen in this case was rice because of its chemical protein structure and its availability. Also, for optimum effect, the pyramid shaped copper pot is essential.
There is such a turbulence of energies that come exactly at Agnihotra time that nothing should be done to disturb the movement of those energies. This is why one should not blow on the fire. Also, some things with the breath may disturb the purity of the energy that is created at that time. If there is bacteria in the mouth, for instance, and one blows it into the fire, it spreads. So this sort of thing should be avoided.
Changing Bad Habits
To rid yourself of negative habit patterns, replace them. Concentrate only on positive thoughts. Positive actions will result. Get out of these material worldly desires.
It is not a question of liking or disliking oneself. You take care of the physical body because it is an instrument. You take better care to train the mind so that it to can be utilized as an instrument. If there are habits you wish to change, you were told what to do to change them. Do not concentrate on the bad habit. Replace it with a good one, one which promotes good health and awareness. If you tend to be critical of those nearest to you, then make all efforts to praise them. Compliment them–not to employ flattery, but sincere positive effort. It will help you. The other person may also benefit, but you are able to break your habit. It is like that.