Wednesday, 26 October 2016

Why do we conduct Yagya or homam ( fire sacrifice ) ?

Baghwan Baba during Athi Rudra Maha Yagya in August 2006 :

''This yagya is not merely for a few individuals, it is for the entire world.The mantras chanted here have mixed in the air and spread to the entire universe.These sacred sounds have entered our hearts and purified them.Hence,do no think that the mantras chanted in this yagya are confined to only this place.They have spread to the entire world''

Yagya and Yaagas are vedic rituals or sacrifices.The word yagya is also used to indicate any great effort that needs the active cooperation of many people.

The Yajur Veda elaborates the importance of yagyas.These promote the peace and prosperity of the world-as that is the primary aim of all the Vedas.The yagya is centred on the adoration of Fire.

 Man is bound intimately with fire all through his life.Fire is present everywhere.The Ocean too has fire latent within it.Man has within him the latent fire which performs eight functions : 

(1) It hardens and strengthens the muscles.
(2) It develops energy
(3) It ensures healthy progeny
(4) It digests food
(5) It makes one patient and therefore a better instrument
(6) It increases the duration of life
(7) It sharpens and deepens memory
(8) It confers boldness of thought and action.

In order to light the fire in the sacrificial enclosure,a churning rod of hardwood is used on a block of similar hardness.The timber has to be from the banyan or peepul trees.The block is the mother and the churner is the father.Fire is the child.


The Yajur Veda describes the flames of the Sacred Fire as the tongues of God.

When the ofering is dropped into the Fire,in the name of God,the proper name and address have to be uttered at the same time.It is like a postbox.When a letter is properly addressed and dropped into the box at your postoffice,it will reach any place- even as far as Japan or Russia.If the address indicates Russia,it will be delivered to the person at Russia.The address has to be full and correct - that is all.And the stamp has to be of the correct value.

There are people who observe only the outer acts of yagya and blame Brahmins for 'wastefully pouting ghee into fire,while men are underfed and starving'',and accuse that ' they are foolishly spending money over profitless pursuits''.Even educated persons join in this ignorant condemnation.

The farmer ploughs the field,prepares the plots,lets water into them,and makes them fit to receive the seeds.Then he scatters four bags of paddy on the land.An ignomarus who does not know agriculture laughts at him.'' You have gone mad.When people are starving,you throw the paddy they would gladly eat into the soil ! ''.But, in return for the four bags lost,the 'mad man' will bring home forty bags after harvest.When two tins of ghee are poured ritually into the sancitified Fire the world will gain two hundred tins of ghee.

 Every offering made into this sacrificial fire,will contribute to the health and happiness of mankind.The vehicle of Vaayu or air will convey the finer particles,the purifying particles of these offerings to the farthest reaches of the world.The vibrations of the vedic mantras that these pundits recite will have their impact on the hearts of all men and affect adversely the lower instincts and passions they are now burdened with.

It is for this very reason that the sages of the past ages designed and prescribed these yagyas.The rituals that we performs through objective means are therefore only reflections and representatives of the inner struggles by which we hope to win inner peace and victory.

The particles carried by smoke and air from the homam is mixed with the powerful veda mantras chanted.

This will add to the the cloud formation.The cloud will rain pure rain.This rainwater sustains food growth and water supply - which is digested by people.

As a result of this pure water,the food ingested is pure and will create pure humans - with divine qualities.

Whatever is dedicated and offered to God can never be lost.People can gain enormous  benefit by offering even a little to God.''A leaf or a flower,a fruit or a little water''- that is enough,if offered with devotion.Draupadi gave Lord Krishna the fraction of a leaf sticking to the side of a vessel and God granted her endless good fortune.Kuchela gave a handful of parched rice and received from the Lord awareness of His endless Glory.The yagyaa bears witness to this inner significance.

At the time of purnaahuti ( completion of the yagya ) , many sacred and fragrant articles are offered in the sacrificial fire.Precious gems like diamonds,rubies,emeralds etc are also put into the fire.Even pure silk is offered.The significance of this is that man should offer to the Divine his pure unselfish heart and such noble qualities like truth,righteousness,peace,love,non-violence,compassion and kindness for all beings alike.

Purpose of uttering svaahaa 

Svaaha is a sacred call to the deities.Svaahaa has three meanings : 

(1) the offering made with the utterance of that mantra - I offer wholeheartedly without any reservations.

(2) The vedic statement which conveys praise or glorification and ....

(3) The close or the end or ' so be it ' .

Svaaha is generally taken to indicate only and expression used while offering oblations in a ceremonially-lit fire.People imagine that it is not a Vedic word.They argue that is is a technical expression applicable to rituals only.This is not so.There is a deity named Svaaha Devi,invoked by that word.Since the word is full of potency,it is revered as the manifestation of Vaak Devi,the Deity presiding over the speech.

When Havis or other offerings are made to Divinity under its various forms and in its various names,this word - svaaha is used.The rites prescribed as unavoidable for daily life and those that aaare laid down as optional for the observance of certain holy days , all these have to begin with svaahaa.

When,however,one invokes one's forefathers and invites them to accept the ritual offerings,the expression used is svadhaa, not svaahaa.

There are no ritual offerings in the sacred fire without svaahaa or svadhaa.Vashtkaara is another Vedic word that complements the effect of svaaha mantra.

svaaha is a name applied to Sarasvati,the Deity of the Vedic Word.The Devi Bhagavatam declares that the Supreme Deity is both Gayatri and svaahaa.The Lalitha Sahasranama declares svaahaa and svadhaa as Her Names.

People involved in performing a Yagya 

These are : 

(1) Yajamaana is the one who performs the sacrifice.He is the chief person in the yagya.He is the master of the whole ceremony.He meets all expenses and claims the fruits of the same.The wife of the yajamaana,also has an important role to play

(2) The Ritviks or the priests are there to assist the yajamanaa in performing the yagyaa.They perform all the rituals.There are four main priests,each representing the four Vedas.Depending on the size of the yagya,each of these four main priests may have assistants to help them.The four main priests are :

   i . Rig Veda - hotr
   ii. Yajur Veda - adhvaryu
   iii. Saama Veda - udgaatir
    iv . Atharva Veda - brahmaa

Whatever is dropped into the fire gets burnt totally,even when no mantra is uttered by us.So what is the special process that takes place when svaahaa is uttered ?

Sai : From the worldly point of view,only this much is observed.However the Vedas concede that Fire has a Divine form and function besides the commonly known material form and function.
The Divine forms or Gods are beyond the reach of the senses.Therefore the Vedas recommend that the Gods be worshiped through rites and rituals.When oblations are offered in the fire,lit and fed as prescribed,these oblations or offerings are called aahuti.This means that God is invited ( aahvaana ) to accept the oblations.The word convey this special meaning.The Gods receive only offerings for which they have been invited ( aahuti )

Classifications of Yagyas

Generally there are four diferent classifications of yagyas : 

- Study and recollection of the Vedas learnt as a student(svaadhyaaya yagya)

- Repetition of certain Vedic mantra over and over again ( japa yagya )

-  Actual physical performance of the yagya ( karma yagya )

- Symbolical meditations,both on the ritual as well as the mantras chanted during the ritual ( maanasa yagya ).This last type is also referred to as the internal yagya.

 Each succeeding yagya gives ten times the result of the previous one.Thus,the internal yagya is the best form of yagya.However,one has to systematically proceed from kindergarten to college education.Very,very few can jump directly to college education.So too,each of the above four yagyas paves the way for the next one.

The internal yagya is the striving to realise the Divinity within.The external yagya is only a reflection of the internal yagya.Through the performance of the external yagyas by rituas,the inner self is purified.Divinity is within everyone and can be realised only through meditation.The mind is the sacrificial altar.On this altar,one has to offer all of one's bad qualities as offerings.

The sole purpose of an internal yagya is to see that the mind does not run after the whims and fancies of the senses.Unfortunately,instead of performing the sacrifices of this kind,people sacrifice goats and fowls as offerings.As a result,the bad qualities continue to grow in man. - Baba

The internal yagya has to be performed at all times,in all places and under all circumstances.The sacrificial altar for this is within each one of us.Whenever an evil thought or desire arises,it should be mercilessly scorched.

It is only by the constant vigilance and continuous endeavour that Divine grace can be earned.Only when evil traits are banished can Divinity manifest in all its glory.This is the real purpose of yagyas- to enable man to achieve purity in order to realise Divinity - Baba

Really speaking,the heart is the ceremonial altar ; the body is the fireplace ; the hair is the holy grass - darba;wishes are the fuel sticks with which the fire is fed ; desire is the ghee that is poured into the fire to make it burst into a flame; anger is the sacrifical animal and the fire is the penance ( tapas ) we accomplish.

People sometimes  interpret penance as ascetic practices like standing on one leg or on the head.No ! Penance is not a physical coordination of thought,word and deed.When this is achieved,the splendour of fire will manifest - Baba.

From Baghwan Sri Sathya Sai Baba 

Saturday, 3 September 2016

A message to Ayya Devotees.

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   Somehow something deep within has inspired me to write this article with the hope that this will reach the public vastly and that Ayya devotees would appreciate it sincerely.I have been sharing this idea of mine with Ayya personally for a real long time.. and this has finally taken the form of an article that I believe would reach myriads of devotees.

  This article is indeed about initiating a powerful storm that would bring Ayya worship to a different level altogether.With the blessings of Ayya and his children, let us hope this idea finds its way in a powerful way.

   The idea is to basically implement the recital of Sri Rudram as a norm in Ayya temples or worship.

 What is Sri Rudram ? 

  To put it briefly,Sri Rudram is a very powerful vedic chant ( from Krishna Yajur Veda ) which describes and offers salutations to Rudra.Vedic chants like Rudram are not created or made by someone.Vibrations in the cosmos are heard by Rishis during meditation.They then transmit these sound vibrations and this is how vedic chants are compiled.

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 The mantras you hear in temples are examples of vedic chants.In the case of Sri Rudram,the Rishi is Agni Himself.In puranas,it is said that the Rudram was chanted as a homam when Lord Shiva was doing the Rudra Tandava dance.The mantras ' Om Namah Sivaya' and ' Tryambakam Yajamahe..'  themselves comes from the Sri Rudram.

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   At present, the Sri Rudram is getting very famous and people around the globe are taking great initiatives in learning it, mainly upon Baghwan Sri Sathya Sai Baba's emphasis on learning it.Baba emphasised that everyone should chant vedam especially the Sri Rudram.And there is a great reason and signifance to it as well.

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  If you look at the right hand side of this webpage,you will find a post on ' learn sri rudram and chamakam'.This post has exemplified on the greater in depths of Sri Rudram , including the tutorial materials you can use to learn Sri Rudram.

   Personally, I only got in touch with Ayya through the chanting of Sri Rudram.My experience is also briefly articled here :


   Somehow I deeply felt that the Sri Rudram should reach Ayya devotees , simply because it matches Ayya very appropriately.Be it Muniswaran,Madurai Veeran or Karuppar - all are closely associated with Rudra.Again to emphasise , the chanting of Sri Rudram will definitely bring Ayya worship and grandeur to a different level.

 You will understand once you experience it.

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   Personally , I have made it a norm to chant the Sri Rudram in Ayya temples and the experiences are amazing.

   I call out to all Ayya devotees to take this as a service to Ayya by learning the Sri Rudram and reciting it.I am sure this will please Him beyond expressions.Please comment below if you are willing to take the initiative to fulfil this noble idea.

  I take this as my service to my beloved Ayya - to have his devotees fill the air with the vibrations of Sri Rudram.

   All efforts to enable people to learn this Sri Rudram has been made . Please visit : 


Video Above : Youtube tutorial for Sri Rudram

  You can youtube search Rudram and listen to it.If you want to get a glimpse of the impact,try listening to it and meditating on the form of your favourite Ayya. Then proceed to learning and chanting it - to witness the magic.

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 If you initially find it hard to learn the Sri Rudram,do not give up.Ask Ayya to guide you.Listen to it while meditating and soon enough it will be wired in your system.Then learning will be easier.

Youtube videos of Rudram chanting in Ayya temples :

   Your life will be definitely transformed.This article is  inclusive for everyone and not just Ayya devotees as well.The Sri Rudram learning should be encouraged by everyone - at this present age - where it is very much needed in our planet.

   For further enquiries , doubts or help - email to 


or simply comment below.

Ayya thunai

Monday, 25 July 2016

Should Hindus be Vegetarians ? Animal sacrifice in Hinduism

Should hindus be vegetarians ? 

This is a rather common question proposed by many.I have seen at many instances whereby devotees ask priests and spiritual icons of the nation this inevitable question - Is it a must to be a vegetarian ? 

The answer is - YES. Vegetarianism is a crucial lifestyle that every self-claiming Hindu should adopt to.The reason shall be elaborately amplified  in this article.

Image : Jalan Baru temple Madurai Veeran Ayya.* This is a very famous temple of Malaysia.They have a ritual called ' kedha poojai' - which is the slaughter of goats.About 50 goats are slaughtered in front of Ayya on a daily basis - except Fridays. Does Madurai Veeran require slaughter and meat ? Lets see............

*Deities like Madurai Veeran,Muniswaran and Karuppar are adored by the name 'ayya' - translating to 'father' in tamil.These deities fall under the category of Guardian Deities,safeguarding dharma (righteousness) and protecting devotees.They are commonly seen as an expression of Bhairava*

The Indian culture was deeply rooted into ahimsa (  non-violence ) merged with dharma ( righteousness ) . It is not that we were totally against killing.In our culture,we were enlightened enough to understand the basis of soul,body and consciousness.

For example, avatars like Rama and Krishna were dharmic when they killed demons and asuras who were causing misery.The presence of demonic energies and asuras should be removed so that the spiritual frequency of the planet is preserved.

Now moving to meat eating..

 Our ancients were pure vegetarians.This is proven by many of our cultural traditions.One reason of putting kolam was to feed the lesser beings such as ants.In our culture,it was such that if we saw a bird,we bowed and saw divinity in the form of Lord Garuda.We revered cows as one of our very mothers.This is how we revered every creation of God.As such, how would we have the heart to kill,smother and eat innocent animals for pleasure ?

We did not even have the idea of killing wild beasts.In most of our hymns and stotras,we only request for protection from harmful creatures - and not that they should be destroyed.The origin of martial arts - Kalari - was developed as a means to protect ourselves from wild beasts.If you look at this art carefully,it did not emphasis on killing.It was more of putting the animal into a state of unconsciousness or sleep.

 The killing part in martial arts only came after kalaripayathu was modified to fight humans.Humans are cruder than animals.While animals only attack for food,humans go beyond - they want to kill due to greed.

 All our siddhas,masters,yogis and enlightened beings who founded the very culture of hinduism emphasised on vegetarianism.

Thiruvalluvar,who is a tamil icon,greatly emphasised on vegetarianism.In fact,he even abuses those who eat meat.The irony is that tamil children are taught to imbibe lessons of thirukural while their parents stuff them with non-veg items fancied with glossy names like ' varuvval' , ' 65' , 'piece' and so on.

Here are some examples.The thirukural has many verses about vegetarianism which you can read on.There is a complete chapter in the thirukural - chapter 26,section 1 on this .

 -. தன்னூன் பெருக்கற்குத் தான்பிறிது ஊனுண்பான்
எங்ஙனம் ஆளும் அருள்.
How can he be possessed of kindness, who to increase his own 
flesh, eats the flesh of other creatures?.

- செயிரின் தலைப்பிரிந்த காட்சியார் உண்ணார்
உயிரின் தலைப்பிரிந்த ஊன்.

The wise, who have freed themselves from mental delusion, 
will not eat the flesh which has been severed from an animal.

- அவிசொரிந் தாயிரம் வேட்டலின் ஒன்றன்
உயிர்செகுத் துண்ணாமை நன்று. 

Not to kill and eat (the flesh of) an animal, 
is better than the pouring forth of ghee etc., in a thousand sacrifice

. கொல்லான் புலாலை மறுத்தானைக் கைகூப்பி
எல்லா உயிருந் தொழும்.

All creatures will join their hands together, 
and worship him who has never taken away life, nor eaten flesh. 

- உண்ணாமை உள்ளது உயிர்நிலை ஊனுண்ண
அண்ணாத்தல் செய்யாது அளறு. 

Not to eat flesh contributes to the continuance of life; 
therefore if a man eat flesh, hell will not open its mouth 
(to let him escape out, after he has once fallen in).

- படைகொண்டார் நெஞ்சம்போல் நன்னூக்காது ஒன்றன்
உடல்சுவை உண்டார் மனம். 

Like the (murderous) mind of him who carries a weapon (in his hand), 
the mind of him who feasts with pleasure on the body of another (creature), 
has no regard for goodness.

There are more verses actually.As the list is too big,I chose to just include some here.Nevertheless it enlightens us of  the great extent to which Thiruvalluvar was against non-vegetarianism.Every tamil who proudly proclaim ' tamilanda' should follow vegetarianism if they truly practice what they preach....

"Today, let it be anyone, whether one deems himself a devotee or not, he should give up meat eating. Why? meat eating promotes only animal qualities. It has been well said that the food one consumes determines one's thoughts. By eating the flesh of various animals, the qualities of these animals are imbibed. How sinful is it to feed on animals, which are sustained by the same five elements as human beings! This leads to demonic tendencies, besides committing the sin of inflicting cruelty on animals. Hence, those who genuinely seek to become devotees of God have to give up non-vegetarian food. Calling themselves Sai devotees or devotees of Rama and Krishna, they fatten the chickens. How can they be deemed Sai devotees? How can God accept such a person as a devotee? Therefore, whether they are devotees in India or outside, they should give up from this instant meat eating.  Therefore, those who aspire to become devotees of God must give up meat, liquor and smoking."

- Sri Sathya Sai Baba, Divine Discorse on 23 Nov 1994, Sanathana Sarathi December 1994 p. 315

Even in the Gheeta, Shri Krishna speaks of only sattvik food.
Sattvik food consists of pure food like fruits and grains that  aids in our spiritual process and 
body health.

Personally I have enormous respect for HareKrishna devotees due to this.They are absolutely strict and disciplined with food subjects.Label them extreme if you want,but they are following the true culture unlike most hypocrites.

People should understand that it is not only Prabhupada ( founder of 
HareKrishna group ) who emphasised vegetarianism ,but all spiritual founders,masters,siddhas and saints as mentioned earlier - did.

So the ones who eat meat despite their ancient culture are the true extremist,not the vegetarians.

Animal sacrifice in temples.

                    Video above : Goat slaughter in Jalan Baru temple

This practice did not come from the vedas.The vedas describes how we should eliminate the animalistic qualities in ourselves and transform ourselves to divine.This is true 'animal' sacrifice.

The science behind animal sacrifice - whoever who founded it was that it provides life energy to the deity.Life energy is needed to preserve the temple deity which we have invoked and installed.

However,life energy can also be provided by many ways.We can even do it by breaking coconuts,cutting lime or pumpkins.Try asking temple priests.They even have a comparison with animal slaughter.For example,cutting of one lime is equivalent to chicken slaughter while breaking a pumpkin equates to 'slaughter' of two goats.This is sort of a rough estimate of life energy provided by different materials.Even economically,it is way better to provide life energy in a vegetarian way..Logic isn't it ?

Try watching the temple slaughter video above.You will see how the animal fears and cries.Don't you find this adharmic ? People have now labeled Jalan Baru Ayya temple as ' best mutton restaurant' literally.This is a big shame to us.Is this how you honour a temple where Ayya resides so powerfully ?

If you notice Jalan baru Madurai Veeran,He gets redder in colour and fiercer day by day.Initially He was yellowish and calm looking.Lately,He appears very fierce and red.The red is that of blood red.My comment on this is that the own temple practice has made Him this way.The offering of meat has made him into a very ghora ( fierce and angry ) form of veeran.

Image above : Jalan Baru Madurai Veeran at present.Notice how reddish and fierce He looks now compared to the previous photo which was taken long back...

It is not always easy to approach a very ghora deity.If you are not careful,you could be finished.I guess people just take things for granted.No proper gratitude and reverence for our own culture has led to this.If you are one of those kinds who are planning to slaughter animals for any deity in hope of getting a desire fulfilled,you are in trouble - even if your desire gets fulfilled.You may not know how things hit you back.

The Jalan Baru temple priest from India personally told me that when he was priest in India,no meat offering and slaughter was done to Ayya.So let's be straight.Temples with animal slaughter is just concerned about relishing their tastebuds with mutton - not about divinity anymore.If it was really about devotion and divinity,people won't label temples as restaurants.

How much of the public is aware that they had arul vakku ( oracle telling in trance state ) from Ayya during Kumbaabishegam in  Jalan Baru temple ?According to resources,Madurai Veeran Ayya clearly told that He does not require the slaughter through the arul vaaku.

But due to greed,the temple management continued this practice.

Have you heard of the Hanuman deity who turned his face to another direction in the famous Port Dickson temple ? This is a true incident.It is said that Lord Hanuman was offended by the meat and liquor offering to other deities in the temple , and thus He moved His direction totally. This is our own stupidity in short.Let us not wait for God to let karma hit our stupidity before changing our ways...

Are all vegetarians good then ? Can't a non-vegetarian be good ? 

People often question me as to how I could use the basis of vegetarianism to conclude the purity of a person.Their logic was that a person could be spiritual and good even if he takes meat.

The point here is that meat eating itself is 'wrong'.Don't compare and justify it with other factors.It's like saying , ' although he was a rapist,he took care of his parents'.A rapist, despite all his other noble qualities, is still a sinner in terms of sexual misconduct.

Although Ravana was a great Shiva devotee,great king and a genius by nature,his lust and misconduct still demonised him.Lord Shiva did not save him or supported him when Shri Rama eliminated him.This concept goes with vegetarianism.

You can be whoever you are,but as long as you eat meat,you incur karma.As they say 

(1) The one who kills the animal

(2)  The one who cooks the animal
(3) The ones who serves the animal
(4)  The one who eats the animal

All four incur karma.This is the law of nature.If you read Buddhist scriptures, you will read plenty of stories on how butchers who slaughter goats end up being born as goats and so on.The Garuda Purana also explains horrible hellish punishments to those who relish meat-eating.

Garuda Purana

But there are past devotees who ate meat ? What about Kannapan ?

 Understand that we are not at Kanappar Nayanars era ( Kannapan was an ardent Shiva devotee.He was a hunter so he hunted animals for food and offered the same to his lord ) .

The way our food is done today itself is different.Today,in the egg industry,baby male chickens are crushed to death alive.This is because only female chickens are useful for the egg industry.
Even something as common as eating egg today requires so much of torture and cruelty.A video below will show you a glimpse.If you still doubt me,just visit a slaughterhouse.You will in fact turn an immediate vegetarian upon seeing the cruelty in meat production.

Devotees like Kanappan were very simple and did not crave for meat unlike most today.He plucked his eyes out for lord Shiva.Bring me one meat eater at present who has such eminent devotion ?

A devoted person at present age will definitely be well educated and enlightened about meat eating in spirituality.

Take a look at the video below to see how the meat industry functions today : 

But what about protein ? Where will I get my nutrition ? 

It is absurd to think that you require meat to stay healthy.Science has proven that human body is not compatible with meat.

There's a restaurant in Singapore which serves pure vegetarian dishes,with the walls being decorated with scientific evidences on how non-veg is incompatible with our body.

So dear parents, enough of forcing non-veg food to your kids.Don't let your assumptions to ruin them.Kids are godly in nature.Implement divine lifestyles for them,not demonic.

 Teach your kids to see animals as a creation of God, not a dinner meal !

You will see your children perform better with vegetarian diet.
Our food lifestyle was well-set by our ancients.We have a rich source of vitamin B12 through fermented foods like thosai and curd.We derive high iron content from vegetables like murungakai ( drumstick vegetable ) .

  It is just a matter of balancing our diet with the right resources.The United States is increasing dramatically in terms of vegetarians.
This is a huge success.While the west returns to our cultural roots,most Indians are deviating from it.

 Spread the essence of this article around.Educate you relatives,friends and whoever possible.Let's join hands to make a change.

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Heeeheee . Kudos to vegetarian restaurants.