Sunday, September 02, 2007

Homam/puja by PVR Narasimha

> ||Namah Shivaya||
> Dear Narsimha ji,
> Could you please enlighten me about his homam and how it can be
> auspicious.
> Many thanks
> Best wishes
> Sharat

From: Narasimha P.V.R. Rao <>
Date: Sep 1, 2007 2:35 PM
Subject: [vedic-wisdom] Re: Navagraha Homam/puja

Dear Sharat,

Graha means grasp/grip or one who grasps/grips. The nine grahas are the nine
celestial bodies that take our consciousness into their grip when the right
times comes (based on certain celestial formulas). They create environments
and situations in our life to create certain states of mind.

For removing obstructions in material and spiritual aspects of life, we
propitiate grahas. If a graha is pleased with our propitiation, it will not
create situations that create a certain state of mind that may be a
hindrance to our material and spiritual progress. To propitiate grahas, one
can read their Veda mantras or kavachas or stotras.

Veda mantras are very powerful. But they work slowly (mainly because most
people do not know these days how to chant/experience them perfectly). Big
counts are needed. When you persist with a Veda mantra, it first removes the
obstacles caused by an aspect of Brahman represented by the deity of the
mantra and eventually creates a perfect understanding of that aspect of
Brahman. All Veda mantras are eventually for a perfect understanding of
various aspects of self only. Sun is the soul. Moon is the mind. Mars is the
energy/initiative/drive within. Mercury is the flexibility, ability to learn
and adapt. Jupiter is the wisdom, discretion and judgment within a person.
Venus is the spirit of being happy. Saturn is the spirit of working hard and
going through austerities. Rahu is the spirit of breaking the barriers,
innovating and reaching for the unknown. Ketu is the spirit of perfect
detachment with everything. Veda mantra of a graha, when chanted for a long
time, removes the obstacles thrown by that planet based on dasa and gochara
and eventually gives a perfect understanding of the aspect of self
represented by the planet (as mentioned above).

Kavachas of grahas, when chanted many times, create an unseen protective
shield around the person. Kavachas can be used for overcoming physical
ailments, health troubles, prayogas etc. Stotras are meant for pure bhakti
maarga. They praise various qualities of a graha. In addition, there are
various beeja mantras also.

* * *

According to Parasara Maharshi who taught "Brihat Paaraasara Horaa
Saastram", the greatest classic on Jyotisha, grahas are Vishnu's avataras.
They comprise of the energies of various incarnations of Vishnu.
Ramachandra's energy is Sun. Krishna's energy is Moon. Nrisimha's energy is
Mars. Buddha's energy is Mercury. Vaamana's energy is Jupiter. Parasu
Raama's energy is Venus. Koorma's energy is Saturn. Varaha's energy is Rahu.
Matsya's energy is Ketu.

* * *

Apart of doing japam with these graha mantras/kavachas/stotras, one can also
do a homam. Homam is always a better avenue than japam and others. In
navagraha homam, you invoke the nine grahas in fire and offer oblations with
their Veda mantras several times. It is also possible to do a homam for just
one graha.

* * *

One word about the efficacy of homam...

Seeing divinity in a solid form such as an idol is shown by earth (bhoo)
element. It is a sureshot way to achieve, but it is extremely slow and one
needs to be very patient. It is difficult to maintain focus for so many
lives in Kali yuga. One can lose one's way in the middle. Seeing divinity in
the water is shown by the water (jala) element. The water element is anyway
predominent in the human body and it is imperfect in Kali yuga. It is quite
tricky to achieve through sadhana shown by the water path in this age.
Seeing divinity in the air we breath is the sadhana form shown by air
(vaayu) element. It is fast, but the air we breath in so corrupt in this age
that this is a very risky path. Though many teach praanaayaama, hatha yoga,
raja yoga etc these days, this path is extremely risky. It is very difficult
to reach the end goal in this path in this age. The path of pure Vedanta,
shown by the aakaasa (ether/space) element may also not be appropriate for
most in this age.

Irrespective of the impurities in the food one eats, the water one drinks
and the air one breathes and irrespective of the impurities in various nadis
in one's system, the fire is always pure and it purifies everything that it
comes in touch with. That is why another name of fire is "paavaka"
(purifier). You just have to expose various parts of your system to fire.
Thus, the sadhana form shown by fire (agni) element is the safest and
quickest in this age for most people. It is quick and safe and purifies one
despite other distractions of Kali and helps one achieve the Ultimate

It is possible to get *some result* in every sadhana. But, if one wants to
make significant progress, homam is the best sadhana. No wonder rishis put a
lot of stress on agni kaaryam (fire ritual). These days, people - even those
who are born in Brahmin families - are afraid to do homam because they think
it is complicated and one may make mistakes. However, a homam done as a
personal sadhana for one's own progress is different from a yaagam that is
done for universal benefits. While the latter is far more elaborate and
strict, the former is much simpler. When performed on a regular basis, it
really purifies one's koshas and nadis.

Regularity is the key. If you eat a big bowl of almonds once every six
months, you will not get enough proteins for the six months from them. On
the other hand, if eat a few almonds *everyday*, that may be a good source
of proteins.

We eat a few times everyday, we drink water a few times everyday; and we
breath many times everyday (and all these activities are constantly pumping
in impurities into our system!). We should also do sadhana also on a regular

Whichever deity one wants to worship, one can worship the deity in fire for
faster results. This applies to Mahaganapathi, Chandi, Shiva, Lakshmi,
Narayana or Grahas.

Best regards,
Homam manual and audio:
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Brihaspati Gayatri, Vishwamitra/Gaathina Rishi Rig Veda 6.62.6