Yagya fumes and vapours (inhalation through respiration and skin pores),
• Direct reach to each part of the body.
• Painless, risk less, harmonious effects
• Excellent remedy for psychosomatic disorders
• Treatment of Neurosis, psychosis, schizophrenia, Depression , Melancholia, Hysteria.
* Oral medicines – Effect only through digestion. But not fully absorbed.
* Negative impact on digestive system.
* Intravenous therapies – Quick effect but risk of reaction and side effects.
The yagyopathy laboratory established at Brahmavarchas Research Instt., Shantkunj, haridwar ( India) is unique lab in which search and development facility are available to study the effect of sublimation of herbs with power of mantra chanted during the course of the ritual of Yagya.
Highlights of PhD Research Work of Dr. (Mrs). Meenakshi Raghuvanshi
Pulmonary Tuberculosis is a major public health problem across the globe. Every year about eighty thousands new cases are reported in India alone. The high frequency of drug-resistance, complications of sequential updating of multiple drug-regimen and side effects like hepatotoxicity, etc limit the efficacy of its treatment by modern medicines. Ayurvedic herbal medicines are found to be effective, but oral administration of these is usually slow in desired healing.
Because of repeated rhythmic chanting of mantra and deep breathing, oral and nasal inhalation of medicinal vapors/gases/fumes (released from the processing of the herbal plant medicinal preparation in the yagya-fire) occurs naturally during yagya. Thus, yagyopathy (yagya-therapy) enables pulmonary administration of the herbal medicines and is therefore expected to be a more efficient mode of healing in case of pulmonary diseases in general and pulmonary tuberculosis in particular.
Thorough scientific evaluation of this ancient therapy in the treatment of pulmonary tuberculosis was the principal objective of this research work.
The yagyopathy (yagya-therapy) experiments in this study were conducted using the fire-pit in the shape of ‘Padma Kunda’ which is constructed in the center of the Yagyopathy Lab of the Brahmvarchas research centre, Shantikunj, Hardwar. The size of this kunda is approximately 6 to7 times (in cross sectional area of the successive layers from top to bottom) that of the agnihotra kunda. The lab is surrounded by glass walls with appropriate facilities of controlled ventilation and exhaust through the roof which can be connected (at the terrace of the lab) to desired instruments for collection and analysis of the released medicinal fumes/gases/vapors etc. The lab is maintained in clinically necessary clean conditions. It is surrounded by green plants with a pollution-free and calm environment.
Dry powder prepared using the anti-tubercular preparations recommended in Ayurvedic scriptures were used as havan samagri for sacrifice in the yagya-fire. The botanical and chemical properties and the antitubercular activity, antibacterial activity and immunomodulatory activities published in modern scientific literature were thoroughly reviewed. Due care was taken to assure best type and quality of the herbs.
Detailed chemical analysis of the thermal transformation and slow-combustion process of yagya was studied together with the possible reactions and release of important phytochemicals and their anti-bacterial (including anti myco-bacterial), immunomodulatory and other important activities and synergistic and antagonistic effects of total herbs.
The Impact of Yagya on Microflora
To study the impact of Yagya on air microflora, several experiments were conducted both indoor and outdoor, some experiments were also conducted simultaneously to compare the effect of Yagya and that of non-Yagya i.e. by just burning plain wood and also the effect of burning plain herbs without any rituals and mantras was studied. The effect was studied on the air microflora bacteria, fungi and pathogens by exposing the pretreated petri-dishes to the atmosphere before the Yagya, during the Yagya and till three days after Yagya.
In one experiment the effect was studied till 7 days after Yagya, which was an indoor experiment. The results were very encouraging. In all the indoor experiments there was a significant reduction in the microbes especially the pathogens . The decrease on the day 3 in the four experiments has been recorded as 100%, 67%, 87% and 93% respectively in pathogens, which is impressive. These results are supportive of the fact that Yagya renders the atmosphere bacteriostatic and it kills the harmful microbes in the atmosphere.
Bacterial Counts after Experiments
Pathogen Counts after Experiments
TMF Counts After Experiments:-
Another study was conducted in the open air at a place called Karawal Nagar in East Delhi where a large scale Yagya of 108 Kunds was performed. The sampling was done in the same way as in the case of indoor experiments and a comparison of the microbe colony counts during and after Yagya was made with the background . The experiment continued from 12th to 16th of Yagya and the sampling was continued till two days after the Yagya. The results show that in comparison with the background counts, there was a reduction of 55% in bacteria, 15% in fungi, and 79% in the pathogens on the next day after the Yagya was over. The reduction in pathogens was 79% even on the second day after Yagya. The total microflora had reduced by 49% on the 2nd day after Yagya.
Harmful Gas Levels Before and After Yagya
In order to study the effect of Yagya on the gaseous pollutants, two experiments were performed in the open air. Samples of air were collected by CPCB in one case and by Envirotech in the second case and analyzed for gaseous pollutants SO2 and NO2 . The two experiments were performed at M.S. Apartments, K.G. Marg, New Delhi, in the open air in January 2004 and February 2005, respectively. In both the experiments the objective was to see if there was any effect of performing Yagya in the open air on the gaseous pollutants. The results in both the cases were encouraging. In the first experiment there was a reduction of 47% in NO2 on the day of Yagya and 60% on the next day. In case of SO2, the reduction was 86% on the day of experiment and almost 100% on the next day as the SO2 was below detection level.
Outdoor Studies during Yagya in Delhi
List of Publications
Saxena M., Sengupta B., Pandya P.(2007): A Study of the Impact of Yagya on Indoor Microbial Environments. Ind. J. Air Pollut. Control., VII (1), pp. 6-15
Saxena M., Sengupta B., Pandya (2007): Comparative Studies of Yagya vs Non-Yagya in Microbial Environments. Ind. J. Air Pollut. Control., VII (1), pp. 16-24
Saxena M., Sengupta B., Pandya (2007): Forecastign of NO2 Concentration Baed on Time Series Models. Ind. J. Air Pollut. Control., VII (1), pp. 57-66
Amidst the fascinating achievements of the modern era of science and technology in improving our comfort levels, stress and pollution have posed the major challenge for man. The world is beginning to realize that the comforts provided to us by modern science and technology do not necessarily always make life easier. In fact, apart from greater stress and tension, more unknown diseases, untold anxiety and fear is caused by the highly polluted environment and ecological imbalance. This has raised alarming call for rethinking and guiding the common life style. Yagya appears to be a boon of the ancient Indian sciences for achieving this purpose.
In a physical laboratory, it might not be possible to demonstrate the spiritual effects of Yagya, but the physical and mental effects of Yagyas can be certainly tested, and the claims to cure physical and mental diseases through Yagya can be verified. The Brahmavarchas Shodha Sansthan (a scientific research centre in Hardwar, India) has taken up research on this aspect of Yagya.
It is to be noted here that the traditional systems of treatment of physical diseases employ medicines which are mostly administered orally. They, therefore, produce effects only after they have been digested and absorbed into the system. Most part of the medicine taken orally neither is nor utilized by the digestive system. Such medicines may also upset digestion seriously. The same is more or less true medicines directly injected into the blood. They produce results quicker,but their adverse side effects are often more pronounced. White corpuscles of the blood resent intrusion of any foreign bodies into the blood, and sometimes the reaction of the system to the sudden, massive and direct intrusion of foreign matter into the blood through injection proves most serious, and even fatal. In a Yagya, medicines and herbs are vaporized by offering them into the sacrificial fire, and they enter the human body in a gaseous form through the nose, lungs and the pores of the skin. This might be proved to be easiest, least taxing, least risky and most effective method of administering a medicine so as to reach every single cell of the body.
The possibilities of curing mental diseases by Yagya are even more alluring.Diagnosis and treatment of mental disorders is still in its infancy in the modern systems of treatment. There are neither well established diagnostic aids, nor any recognized system of treatment of diseases like Neurosis, Psychosis,Schizophrenia, Depression, Tension, Melancholia, Mania, Hysteria etc. On the
other hand, psychosomatic diseases are even more rampant than physical diseases and they wreck the man more than the latter.
Manifestation of psychosomatic diseases except in extreme and advanced cases is not so apparent, and that may explain why enough attention has not been paid to them. The stress and strain of modern life, degradation of social behavior and fall in moral values all around are contributing to an alarming increase in psychosomatic diseases. Yagya might offer a solution to this serious problem as well.
The technique of Yagya for the treatment of physical and mental diseases does not comprise mere vaporization of the constituents or herbs to be employed, but various Samidhas are offered into the sacrificial fire of Yagya to create the desired effects. Research on all these aspects of Yagya is being conducted in the laboratory of Brahmvarchas. It might well lead to the development of a scientifically established in yagnopathy, which may find not only an honored but a leading place in other therapies of the world like Allopathy, Homeopathy, Chromopathy, Naturopathy, etc. Looking to the high intellectual caliber and attainments of those who are engaged in research, Yagnopathy may come into being sooner than expected, and it may rank a unique achievement of the modern age.