Havan establishes communication between myriad energies in the entire universe
and the practitioner, says MEENA OM
Havan is a procedure of eradicating inner imperfections in our being. This procedure has different healing techniques incorporated in it. It is a rare combination of acupressure, touch healing meditation, psychology, knowledge and wisdom. Havan is a vedic procedure for a healthy body, mind and soul. It is a way to cleanse body and mind to ignite soul power.
Natural materials are used while performing havan, and they also have ayurvedic properties. The first step is to procure all the ingredients required for it. Arranging the ingredients beautifully is feng shui. The havan kund is aesthetically decorated with flour, turmeric, sacred thread and all auspicious objects are meticulously placed around it.
These are symbols of deities and each one is specifically remembered along with its attributes. In healing therapies, guardian gods and goddess are invoked to form a connection. While doing havan, we inevitably perform Kriya Yoga by sitting still and being at peace with ourselves. Our arms and hands move with beauty and grace.
The ingredients for a havan are: six to eight inches long wooden sticks from the mango tree, ghee or clarified butter, curd, honey, flowers, fruits, Ganga jal or Ganga water, sacred thread, camphor, turmeric, rice, roli, mango leaves and havan samagri or special ingredients which are a mixture of herbs and incense.
After arranging all materials, people are made to sit on all four sides of the havan kund. The yajman or the person performing the havan is meant to face eastwards.
Firstly, a red-yellow coloured raw unspun thread is tied around the wrist of yajman and a tilak is made on her forehead with turmeric and rice. Both these acts are based on acupressure for pressure is applied on the wrist and on the third eye to ignite inner powers, in readiness to perform the havan. Then taking some water in one hand, touching it with two fingers of the other, each limb and sense organ is touched to purify and bless it so that it may see, hear and do well and remain healthy always. In the agni kund, camphor and ghee-soaked mango sticks are burnt, with the thought, ‘Let my body, just like these wooden sticks, obtain ghee (a symbol of nutrition) so that it is always healthy to be sacrificed to ignite the fire of truth in others, and be burnt in the process.’ This thought is empowered by some mantras. While chanting mantras, little bit of havan samagri is added to the fire, completing each offering by the call ‘swaha.’ Each time this is done, mental and physical shortcomings and impurities are also poured into the fire to be destroyed by Agni Dev.
Fire destroys all imperfections giving them a beautiful new form that is, residual ash, to merge into the earth.
Havan is a scientific procedure, which is associated with the science of mind and soul. This science was realised by our great rishi-munis or seer scientists in Vedic times. Even if all mantras are not known, chanting Aum or the Gayatri Mantra can suffice. Each offering should be made keeping the benefit of the entire creation in mind.
Havan is vastly different from yajna. A havan is performed for internal growth, purity, health, long life and to purify the surroundings. It is also conducted to express and kindle love and respect towards all natural assets, to be in nature’s surrender, to understand ones thoughts and feelings, and above all, to achieve and evolve a psychic state — which only thinks of the welfare of others — to expand one’s thought to make it universal. Hence, through the process of havan, we learn to beautify our whole being, offer it to the Source and surrender to it. This is the ultimate prayer.
When an individual with such a pure, universal thought invokes true wisdom, he then becomes worthy of performing the ritual of yajna.
Yajna is that navel point which connects and binds the entire universe. It is a channel or medium for establishing communication between energies prevalent in the entire universe. Through yajna, all energies that can enhance welfare of the world can be attracted. The basis of yajna is to invoke consciousness prevalent in all beings and matter, necessary for peace, happiness and abundance. The effect of each deed thus performed is not limited to the individual performing it but it extends to the entire universe. n
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